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How To Make Communion Bread

Updated on February 16, 2014

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


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


Add Milk and Sugar


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


Roll Thin


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


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

4 stars from 7 ratings of Communion Bread


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      Susan Sisk 

      4 months ago from Georgia, USA

      Thank you Chemistmom. You are very knowledgeable! I have always been taught in our Church that the bread was unleavened.

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      4 months ago

      In response to Attikos' comment: The bread for the first communion was most certainly unleavened. Luke 22:7 says the day of Unleavened bread came, when the Passover must be killed. Jesus said He was glad to be eating the Passover with His disciples in verse 13. A source of confusion for many people about this, is that they don't realize Passover is the first meal of the the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Passover begins to be celebrated in the evening of the 14th day of Nissan, after sunset, which is the beginning of the 15th day, which starts the Feast of Unleavened Bread. See Exodus 12:17-18, for example. Each family or group of families was to have the private ceremony together on the evening of the 14th, and then a community worship service was to be held on the 15th day of the month. See Exodus 12:4 and Exodus 12:16. They had a community feast together on the "day" or light part of 15th day of the month, which is the feast referred to when Jesus was actually killed. See Matthew 27:15, for example. (You can think of our modern traditions of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to help visualize or think about this. Many families have private, immediate-family celebrations of Christmas on Christmas Eve, and then go to church services on Christmas Day before celebrating the holiday with extended family or other friends. Food is a big part of both celebrations). Therefore, as per Exodus 12:8, the bread that would have been served at the Last Supper was undoubtedly unleavened, and that is why many churches serve unleavened bread for Communion services today.

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      Susan Sisk 

      7 months ago from Georgia, USA

      Hi Linda

      I'm glad they liked it

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      Linda Holleman 

      8 months ago

      I started making this for our church a few months ago and everyone loved it! Making again today. Thank you!

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      4 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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