How To Make Communion Bread

Importance of Communion

I am Lutheran, and my church believes in the sacredness of the Holy Supper. Not all Lutheran Churches practice "Closed Communion." My church does, and this means that only those who have been instructed in church teachings, and confessed their faith, should take communion. When consecrated by the Pastor, the wine and bread become the "body and blood of Christ." We believe it is harmful for a person that has not received instruction to take communion.

Communion originated when Jesus and his disciples shared the Last Supper together. According to Luther's Small Catechism, "In the Sacrament, Christ gives us victory over sin and hell, and strength for the new life in him."




Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 42 min
Yields: Medium bowl of small bread pieces.

Simple Ingredients

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Four Ingredients

There are only four ingredients required to make Communion Bread.

  1. 1 and 2/3 cup Plain flour
  2. 1 stick Unsalted Butter ( Not Margarine)
  3. 3 and 1/2 tsp. Sugar
  4. 1/3 cup Whole Milk

My church is small, and this makes plenty for us to freeze and use for a couple of months. Feel free to double or triple recipe.

Easy Beginning

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Add Milk and Sugar

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Steps One and Two

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Step One

  • Blend flour and softened butter until well mixed. It should look like moist sand.

Step Two

  • Mix in the milk and sugar. Stir until well blended, then make a ball with the dough.


Dough Ball

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Roll Thin

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Important Step

Next come a very important step. Because the dough has to be rolled very thin, it is easiest to do this directly on your ungreased cookie sheet.

Roll the dough to approximately 1/4 inch thick.

Then score into approximately 1/2 x 1/2 inch pieces. A pizza cutter works good for this.

Ready to Bake

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Watch Closely While Baking

Place your communion bread in your oven that has been pre-heated to 400 degrees.

Bake for 10 minutes, then check the bread.

You will probably want to bake for another minute or two, but must be watched closely. This will burn easily.

When communion bread is a light golden brown, remove from oven. Let cool.

Then just break apart the scored pieces into a bowl.

My church really enjoys this communion bread. Give it a try!

Finished Product

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Attikos 2 years ago from East Cackalacky

It's interesting that churches typically use unleavened bread for Communion. That was traditional for Jews at Passover to commemorate the flight from Egypt, when their abrupt departure left no time for the bread to rise. The Last Supper, however, was not a Passover meal, it was the last normal one prior to the beginning of the holidays. Jesus and his entourage apparently had a bit of a reputation for partying; they enjoyed their food and drink (remember He once criticized the authorities for having condemned John the Baptist as an ascetic but for condemning Him as a glutton and drunkard). The bread served at the Last Supper was highly likely to have been regular leavened bread, the loaf of which was indeed broken open by the host at each dinner just as often is still done today to let its aroma and freshness into the room as thanks was given to God for the victuals. The Communion ritual of the church is a thin, pale, rather twisted shadow of that supper, or so I see it.

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