Unleavened Bread Recipe 
(Israeli Classic)

This nutritious unleavened bread recipe is so simple and quick - make it with just 4 ingredients!

How to Make Unleavened Bread from the Bible

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?

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.

Flavorful Options

  • 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 with Toppings
how is unleavened bread made

Unleavened Bread Recipe - Israeli Classic

Adapted from Food at the Time of the Bible, by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh
Learn how to make scrumptious and nutritious unleavened bread today. With just 6 ingredients you can enjoy feasting on a Biblical food!
3.8 from 25 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Bread, Dinner
Cuisine Israeli
Servings 8
Calories 133 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour hard white or spelt
  • ¾ cup Cold Water
  • 2 tablespoons Organic Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven 450°F (260°C).
  • Combine all ingredients with the water to form dough and knead for 3 minutes.
    Knead Unleavened Bread
  • Divide into 8 balls. Flatten each into a thin round and prick with a fork.
    Roll Out Unleavened Bread
  • Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 10 minutes in oven.

Video

Notes

For a more flavorful option add chopped onion, minced garlic, or fresh herbs to your dough before baking!

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 293mgPotassium: 109mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3IUCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
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Tom - September 4, 2019 Reply

It’s been a long time I actually pulled out a piece of paper to take notes on a blog post. Thanks for this. You’ve earned yourself a new reader!

    Restaurant Clicks - June 12, 2020 Reply

    This entire post absolutely ROCKS! Thank you for all the hard work you put into it. It really shows.

      Annette Reeder - August 17, 2020 Reply

      Thanks Restaurant Clicks!

      Meya Dauda - March 26, 2021 Reply

      Passover tomorrow defo making this

    Annette Reeder - August 17, 2020 Reply

    Thanks Tom! Welcome to my table.

Lyn - February 15, 2020 Reply

Thankyou! This has inspired me to make this.
I’ll be using almond milk. Will let you know how it goes
Love the idea of using garlic and onion.
Lyn

    Annette Reeder - August 17, 2020 Reply

    Hope you enjoyed the recipe! It is so versatile!

Bunmi Olusola - April 30, 2020 Reply

Hi Annette, I am sure to try this out soon.
The recipe I found before I got to your page was too oily and I did not like the product. May I know if this can be made so flat such that you can have it filled up with veges and rolled up like Shawamah. Thank you.

    kathy - May 18, 2020 Reply

    You should be able to roll veggies in it right after baking. It sounds delicious.

Ann - April 30, 2020 Reply

I’m new to baking bread of any kind, so please excuse my ignorance!! At the top of the recipe it says cook time 20 minutes, but at the bottom it says 10. The first ingredient says whole wheat bread … I’m guessing you meant to say flour? Will hard red wheat flour work for this recipe?

    kathy - May 18, 2020 Reply

    Yes hard red wheat flour will work in this receipe. Please forgive the confusion with the cook time. The cook time is indeed 10 minutes.

John Ballantyne - May 18, 2020 Reply

With the onions and garlic – do you cook/fry them first and mix them raw in the mix?

    kathy - May 27, 2020 Reply

    I mix them directly into the dough, but you could sautee them first and let them cool before adding.

Charles Michael Berryman - June 13, 2020 Reply

Can I use a micro wave for this recipe, and would I have to change the recipe and only cook for 2 minutes on maximum temperature ?
Yours C M Berryman.

    Annette Reeder - August 17, 2020 Reply

    I am not sure how that would work. The stove works well in a fry pan. No oil just spray it.

Makyaj Fırçası - June 15, 2020 Reply

I want to try different flavors

Martha Brown - June 17, 2020 Reply

This looks like a wonderful adventure to healing from a variety of things briefly; allergy to wheat, diabetes 2, overweight,. Enuff said: can this made Without wheat?
If so are there changes I should make to get great results? Thank you for these blessings Martha

chelsea dudley - July 2, 2020 Reply

Can you use unbleached white flour?

Racheal - July 8, 2020 Reply

Thanks for this recipe; would surely try it.

DC - July 8, 2020 Reply

Thank you for the recipe. It calls for 2 cups
whole wheat bread, do you use bread or whole wheat flour? Thank you in advance for clarification.

Sandi H. - January 6, 2021 Reply

Just found this site on YouTube. love the fact that it is foods from the bible. I’ve been trying to put together a diet for myself…..and want to try eating foods from long ago. It’s hard, so many things are processed and if not, they’re so expensive. But I’m not given up, I need to lose a lot of weight and I can’t keep putting it off.

Luann Taicher - January 8, 2021 Reply

I have oat, almond flours and coarse wheat bran. Can I use any of these?
Thank you,
Luann

doğum analizi - April 23, 2021 Reply

thanx for articles

Jessicka - May 3, 2021 Reply

I was reading how to make a unleavened bread like how they did in biblical times and came across some saying the wheat or flour today is not the same and that’s why we get inflammation from eating breads. Do know of a grand of flour that’s the closest to is being the real thing? Or the healthiest one to purchase? I am trying this regardless, I just trying to find ways to make it as close to biblical times as possible >< lol. Sl it looks so good!

Starr - May 4, 2021 Reply

Thank you for your recipe. I’m allergic to wheat and tree nuts. Can I use gluten free flour like tapioca flour?

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Tom - September 4, 2019 Reply

It’s been a long time I actually pulled out a piece of paper to take notes on a blog post. Thanks for this. You’ve earned yourself a new reader!

    Restaurant Clicks - June 12, 2020 Reply

    This entire post absolutely ROCKS! Thank you for all the hard work you put into it. It really shows.

      Annette Reeder - August 17, 2020 Reply

      Thanks Restaurant Clicks!

      Meya Dauda - March 26, 2021 Reply

      Passover tomorrow defo making this

    Annette Reeder - August 17, 2020 Reply

    Thanks Tom! Welcome to my table.

Lyn - February 15, 2020 Reply

Thankyou! This has inspired me to make this.
I’ll be using almond milk. Will let you know how it goes
Love the idea of using garlic and onion.
Lyn

    Annette Reeder - August 17, 2020 Reply

    Hope you enjoyed the recipe! It is so versatile!

Bunmi Olusola - April 30, 2020 Reply

Hi Annette, I am sure to try this out soon.
The recipe I found before I got to your page was too oily and I did not like the product. May I know if this can be made so flat such that you can have it filled up with veges and rolled up like Shawamah. Thank you.

    kathy - May 18, 2020 Reply

    You should be able to roll veggies in it right after baking. It sounds delicious.

Ann - April 30, 2020 Reply

I’m new to baking bread of any kind, so please excuse my ignorance!! At the top of the recipe it says cook time 20 minutes, but at the bottom it says 10. The first ingredient says whole wheat bread … I’m guessing you meant to say flour? Will hard red wheat flour work for this recipe?

    kathy - May 18, 2020 Reply

    Yes hard red wheat flour will work in this receipe. Please forgive the confusion with the cook time. The cook time is indeed 10 minutes.

John Ballantyne - May 18, 2020 Reply

With the onions and garlic – do you cook/fry them first and mix them raw in the mix?

    kathy - May 27, 2020 Reply

    I mix them directly into the dough, but you could sautee them first and let them cool before adding.

Charles Michael Berryman - June 13, 2020 Reply

Can I use a micro wave for this recipe, and would I have to change the recipe and only cook for 2 minutes on maximum temperature ?
Yours C M Berryman.

    Annette Reeder - August 17, 2020 Reply

    I am not sure how that would work. The stove works well in a fry pan. No oil just spray it.

Makyaj Fırçası - June 15, 2020 Reply

I want to try different flavors

Martha Brown - June 17, 2020 Reply

This looks like a wonderful adventure to healing from a variety of things briefly; allergy to wheat, diabetes 2, overweight,. Enuff said: can this made Without wheat?
If so are there changes I should make to get great results? Thank you for these blessings Martha

chelsea dudley - July 2, 2020 Reply

Can you use unbleached white flour?

Racheal - July 8, 2020 Reply

Thanks for this recipe; would surely try it.

DC - July 8, 2020 Reply

Thank you for the recipe. It calls for 2 cups
whole wheat bread, do you use bread or whole wheat flour? Thank you in advance for clarification.

Sandi H. - January 6, 2021 Reply

Just found this site on YouTube. love the fact that it is foods from the bible. I’ve been trying to put together a diet for myself…..and want to try eating foods from long ago. It’s hard, so many things are processed and if not, they’re so expensive. But I’m not given up, I need to lose a lot of weight and I can’t keep putting it off.

Luann Taicher - January 8, 2021 Reply

I have oat, almond flours and coarse wheat bran. Can I use any of these?
Thank you,
Luann

doğum analizi - April 23, 2021 Reply

thanx for articles

Jessicka - May 3, 2021 Reply

I was reading how to make a unleavened bread like how they did in biblical times and came across some saying the wheat or flour today is not the same and that’s why we get inflammation from eating breads. Do know of a grand of flour that’s the closest to is being the real thing? Or the healthiest one to purchase? I am trying this regardless, I just trying to find ways to make it as close to biblical times as possible >< lol. Sl it looks so good!

Starr - May 4, 2021 Reply

Thank you for your recipe. I’m allergic to wheat and tree nuts. Can I use gluten free flour like tapioca flour?

Leave a Comment: