Parish Life

Altar Bread Recipe

4 cups whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons double-acting baking powder (6 tsp if using “single-acting”)
2 teaspoons salt

Honeyed water:
1/2 cup pure oil (any kind for cooking)
1/2 cup honey
1 cup milk
1-1/4 cup water
(Note that one can vary the amount of honey and oil)

Sift the dry ingredients together into a bowl. Pour in the honeyed water. (You may have to warm the honey to get it into liquid form). Don’t pour all the water into the dry mixture; use only as much as is needed to make a smooth, soft dough, and NOT too sticky to handle.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it gently and thoroughly so baking powder is all mixed in. Roll out the dough to desired thickness (3/16” works well). Then cut the dough into the desired size and shape. We use a metal soup bowl, which measures about 6″ across. This size is enough to get a good piece for 25 to 60 communicants when broken into smaller portions.

Before putting in the oven, cut a cross into the surface of the dough using a serrated knife. You may use the flat side of a knife to smooth the outer edge of the loaf by patting it. Place breads on a lightly greased pan and place in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.
Let the bread cool for about an hour. Then wrap individual pieces in plastic wrap and place in a plastic bag. Freeze if desired.