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."
There are only four ingredients required to make Communion Bread.
- 1 and 2/3 cup Plain flour
- 1 stick Unsalted Butter ( Not Margarine)
- 3 and 1/2 tsp. Sugar
- 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.
Add Milk and Sugar
Steps One and Two
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Blend flour and softened butter until well mixed. It should look like moist sand.
- Mix in the milk and sugar. Stir until well blended, then make a ball with the dough.
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
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!