Make Unleavened Bread

March 13, 2022

Here is an easy to make unleavened bread recipe, just in time for the annual Spring feast observances. This recipe uses only five ingredients. It is a savory recipe, but can be tweaked if you want a sweeter flatbread.

On the night of the Passover, the Israelites in Egypt were told to prepare a meal in haste. They needed to be ready to grab their belongings and leave when Aaron and Moses gave the word. This meant that their bread would not contain a leavening agent which, under normal circumstances, would be given time to rise.

This is how you are to eat it: You must be fully dressed for travel, with your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. You are to eat in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover.

Exodus 12:11 (Berean Study Bible)

And they baked the dough which they had brought out of Egypt into cakes of unleavened bread. For it had no yeast, since they were driven out of Egypt and could not delay, nor had they prepared any provisions for themselves..

Exodus 12:39 (New American Standard)

For the matzoh dough you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup olive or avocado oil
  • minced garlic or onion (to taste)
  • 3/4 cup water or broth

Prepare Your Dough

Combine wet and dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Once combined, the matzoh dough should be sticky. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a lightly floured countertop or cutting board. Knead the dough gently by hand for a few minutes until it becomes smooth. Take care not to overwork the dough.

Unleavened bread dough

Roll dough into a ball and cover with a cloth to allow it to rest for about 10 minutes. Next, divide your large dough ball into 8-10 pieces and roll each into smaller balls. Roll out each ball into flattened discs; making the dough as thin as possible.

Rolling out dough

Heat Your Pan

You can use either a cast iron skillet or a nonstick pan to dry fry the dough. If you use a nonstick pan, apply a thin coating of olive oil to the surface. Put a drop of oil about the size of a nickel on the surface and spread it around with your hand or silicone brush. Do this before you turn on the heat!

Set the cooktop temperature to medium high and wait for the pan to heat up. You pan is hot enough when you hear a sizzling sound after splashing a few drops of water onto the surface.

Unleavened bread in pan

Lay your rolled out dough into the pan, turning after about two minutes per side. You will notice the dough filling with air pockets in spots. That’s a good sign. Flip it when the flatbread has cooked through. Place each cooked flatbread under a towel to keep it warm and moist. That’s it.

Unleavened bread on plate
Brenda Ross
Brenda Ross

Brenda Ross is a co-author of the book, “The Gospel Worth Dying For.” She is a former major market radio and television broadcaster who has served as Single’s Ministry Director at one of Houston’s Memorial Drive-area churches, a Jews for Jesus staff volunteer, and participated in mission outreach activities in Costa Rica, Mexico, and China. Urban mission experience includes volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity and catering to the homeless in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district.

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