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.

Carol
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Ingredients

20
Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two baking sheets.

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  • 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.

  • Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form into loaves. Place loaves on prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden.

Nutrition Facts

104.2 calories; 1.9 g protein; 17.8 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 238.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
04/06/2003
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/29/2003
Tastes much like a large biscuit. A little doughy though. Crust is great however. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
04/06/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2009
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). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2003
I'm interested about the comments made by RAEVER_BOY...as 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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2009
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! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/26/2008
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/03/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2003
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2011
I made this recipe for the Recipe Photo contest. It is wonderful! There are so many things about it that I love. It is very quick and easy to put together doesn't require rising time but still has all the tasty qualities of homemade bread (the crust is delicious!) Since it is slightly sweet we really enjoyed it with some jam on top. We will make this many time again- thanks! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/28/2003
Tastes much like a large biscuit. A little doughy though. Crust is great however. Read More
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