This nutritious unleavened bread recipe is so simple and quick - make it with just 4 ingredients!
Unleavened bread is such a simple, yet delicious, bread with few ingredients. There are no artificial flavors or additives to this bread, so you can be sure you’re eating nothing but the best food for your health.
What Kind of Bread is Unleavened Bread?
As the name suggests, unleavened bread is a type of bread that does not contain leaven. Leaven or yeast is used in a regular bread to make it rise, just like those fluffy, thick, and soft bread varieties you are familiar with. But unleavened bread is free from yeast. This is why unleavened bread is typically dense and flat. Imagine a crepe or a pita bread. Those are examples of unleavened bread.
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What is the Meaning of Unleavened Bread in the Bible?
The Bible mentions unleavened bread in the book of Exodus. This bread was the symbol of the Israelites’ haste when they escaped from slavery in Egypt. According to the scriptures, the Israelites fled quickly and immediately that the bread had no time to rise.
This is why God commanded the Israelites to commemorate this event by celebrating the feast of unleavened bread. By eating this kind of bread, they will always remember the victory that God has given them to enter the promised land.
The feast of Passover is celebrated for seven days. The Israelites ate this type of bread for those seven days.
In addition to the Book of Exodus, unleavened bread was also mentioned in Numbers 9:11 and Deuteronomy 16:3.
Leavened Vs. Unleavened Bread
Leavened bread contains ingredients that cause the bread to rise. Leaven can be symbolic of sin. Just as yeast affects the entire dough and causes it to rise, sin spreads and makes its way to its host, which eventually impacts not just this individual but also an entire community, church, and nation.
This is why in Corinthians, Paul warns the people about the effect of leaven that leavens the entire lump. Because of this, in the New Testament, the people celebrated Passover or the Feast of Unleavened Bread as a way to rid themselves of leaven that was referred to as a symbol of sin.
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Great Ways to Enjoy Unleavened Bread
Now that you know a bit of a history behind unleavened bread, let’s get to work and make our very own batch of this amazing bread!
Below is my easy unleavened bread recipe, which you can try to make this bread.
I have a few tips for you to enhance the taste and texture of this bread. Plus, you can also customize it according to your preferred taste!
Simple Unleavened Bread Recipe Pro Tips
Rolling this thin makes crispier bread, sometimes I keep it a bit thicker and bake 1-2 minutes less for a chewier texture and variety.
- Enhance with herbs by adding oregano, parsley, and rosemary to dough.
- Top with hummus and chopped fresh vegetables for a perfect lunch treat.
- Top with cheese and peppers for an appetizer, broil to melt cheese.
- Use as a crust for personal pizzas.
Unleavened Bread Recipe - Israeli Classic
- 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour hard white or spelt
- ¾ cup Cold Water
- 2 tablespoons Organic Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Preheat oven 450°F (260°C).
- Combine all ingredients with the water to form dough and knead for 3 minutes.
- Divide into 8 balls. Flatten each into a thin round and prick with a fork.
- Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 10 minutes in oven.