Unleavened Bread Recipe – How to Make an Israeli Classic

April 17, 2019


how is unleavened bread made

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.

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.

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!

Have a gluten intolerance? Watch my video on making unleavened bread gluten-free!

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.

Unleavened Bread with Toppings

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.
how is unleavened bread made

Unleavened Bread Recipe - Israeli Classic

Adapted from Food at the Time of the Bible, by Miriam Feinberg Vamosh
3.84 from 78 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 8
Calories 133

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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  • Thank you Annette!
    I just made my first batch and it was a delightful and spiritual experience.
    I ground wheat berries in a coffee grinder (I dont use it for coffee these days!) Used coconut oil and added raisins. Hoping the kids will enjoy it to! It tastes healthful and sweet, crisp and soft. Much thanks

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