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Eucharistic Bread Recipe
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Eucharistic Bread

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"A quick and easy bread to make for communion services. This bread is just a little sweet and can be shaped whichever way you like."

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Original recipe makes 2 1 pound loaves Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two baking sheets.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking soda. Stir in honey, shortening and water. Mix dough until it is smooth and well developed. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple, about 8 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form into loaves. Place loaves on prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 06, 2003

Just as a note, this bread CANNOT be used to make Roman Catholic Communion hosts. Catholic hosts MUST be made with ONLY wheat flour and water, any other ingredients render the bread unsuitable for the Roman Catholic Mass and will invalidate the Mass.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 28, 2003

Tastes much like a large biscuit. A little doughy though. Crust is great however.

Dec 14, 2009

Just in case someone wants the exact citation: "The Code of Canon Law, Canon 924 requires that the hosts be made from wheat flour and water only." Ye Olde Wikipedia :) And the bread is good (on its own merits).

Jan 28, 2003

I'm interested about the comments made by a lifelong Catholic, I've eaten this kind of leavened bread at the Eucharist many times (though wafers are by far the norm.) If someone WERE to make this bread for Roman Catholic communion services, I'm sure a quick phone call to the parish priest beforehand would assuage any doubts.

Oct 05, 2009

Mmmm so good. I actually made biscuits out of this recipe because the ingredients were the only ones I had. Split them up into small balls and baked at 350 for 15-20 minutes. So easy & delicious!

May 26, 2008

This is a tasty alternative to what my Protestant colleagues refer to as "styrofoam disks" in the Catholic tradition! For those preoccupied with rubrics and canonical norms, this bread is perfectly acceptable for Catholic use. The only canons referring to bread state that the bread must be made of "unblemished wheat". There is no mention of other ingredients, thus the use of this recipe is perfectly "valid", not mention delicious, for Catholic Mass.

Jan 28, 2003

This bread is absolutley deliscious! I made it for my sister's first Communion service/party, and everyone loved it! The honey gives it a faint sweetness, and it's very, very easy to make.

Mar 03, 2003

I attend a Evangelical Presbyterian Church and last spring I became the deacon in charge of communion preparation. We have been using this bread since our Maundy Thursday service in 2002. We have two services on Sunday, so I upsized the recipe a little so I can make 2 small loaves for the pastor to use in the liturgy and 1 large loaf that I can cut into smaller pieces. Constantly get favorable comments on the bread. Much easier to make since I got a mixer with a bread hook.


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  • Calories
  • 104 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 17.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 2.7 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.9 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 238 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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