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Unleavened Bread

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Easy unleavened bread that only requires 3 simple ingredients! Last year we decided to do a Nativity dinner with our children to help us remember Jesus Christ at Christmas. This unleavened bread became a quick favorite of our kids.

When I decided to do this dinner, I researched what foods might have been typical in Jerusalem during the time of Christ’s birth. I wanted to make a meal that would closely resemble something people would have eaten during that time.

A photo of a bowl of fresh tomato and onion salad in a white bowl with torn pieces of unleavened bread sitting on the side of the bowl.

Unleavened bread was one food that kept coming up in my research. It was simple and would go perfectly with the other recipes I had planned, like our easy homemade hummus.

Complete Nativity Dinner Menu:

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Unleavened Bread?

All you need is 3 ingredients…well, really just 2 if you don’t count water because I don’t really even think of that as an ingredient!

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water

There are pretty much no excuses not to make this bread! You have all the ingredients and no rising necessary, so easy!

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How to Make Unleavened Bread

You thought the ingredient list was easy, wait until you see how easy it is to make! Ready, set, go…

  • Combine the flour and salt in a bowl and stir together.
  • Add the water and while stirring until the dough comes together into a ball.

A photo of a mound of dough for unleavened bread sitting on a floured wooden cutting board with a wooden rolling pin sitting next to it.

  • Knead the dough for 5 minutes. And before you complain about kneading, it builds muscle and character!

A photo of six blobs of unleavened bread dough sitting on a floured wooden cutting board with a measuring cup of flour sitting next to them.

  • Preheat your skillet on the stove top over medium-high heat. Separate your dough into 5-7 balls depending on how big you want your pieces of bread.

A photo of a portion of dough rolled out into a flat circle on a floured wooden cutting board with a wooden rolling pin sitting next to it and unrolled portions of dough also sitting next to it.

  • Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 6 inches in diameter.

A photo of a stack of cooked discs of unleavened bread topped with melted butter and chopped fresh parsley.

  • Cook each piece on a hot skillet for about 2 minutes on each side.
  • Serve hot. I like brush a little melted butter on them and garnish with some fresh herbs. I choose the herb based on what I’m serving it with. Parsley is always a good one or cilantro!

Is Pita Bread Unleavened Bread?

Even though pita bread is a flatbread, it uses a leavening agent, so pita bread is not unleavened.

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Are Tortillas Unleavened Bread?

Yes! Tortilla recipes do not use a leavening agent so they are considered unleavened. Unlike this recipe though, tortillas also use a fat or lard in the dough to make them a little softer and more bendable, like our easy homemade tortillas!

A photo of a stack of cooked discs of unleavened bread topped with chopped fresh herbs.

Can You Bake Unleavened Bread Instead of Frying?

Yes! Place the rolled out dough in one layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. The oven should be at 400 degrees and they will bake for about 3 minutes on each side.

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Is Unleavened Bread Healthy?

Unleavened bread is low in fat and calories but high in carbs. It depends on what you are looking to cut or reduce in your diet, but as with all things, balance is the key!

A photo of a stack of cooked discs of unleavened bread topped with chopped fresh parsley and a sprig of fresh parsley.

How Long Will Unleavened Bread Keep?

If you store the bread covered and in the refrigerator, it can last up to a week.

A photo of a bowl of fresh tomato and onion salad in a white bowl with torn pieces of unleavened bread sitting on the side of the bowl and a stack of cooked unleavened bread in the background.

Can Unleavened Bread Be Frozen?

Unleavened can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. When you are ready to eat it, just set it on the counter and let it come to room temperature.

A photo of a stack of cooked discs of unleavened bread topped with chopped fresh parsley and a sprig of fresh parsley.

It’s so simple and a great way to add bread as a side dish with minimal work! Join our family and do a Nativity dinner this year or just make this unleavened bread to scoop up a yummy dip or soup!

 

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Unleavened Bread

4.41 from 35 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 7
Easy unleavened bread that only requires 3 simple ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Flour Plus 2 Tablespoons
  • 1 Cup Water Cold
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • Combine salt and flour together in a bowl. Stir in the water until the dough comes together in a ball. Knead for 5 minutes.
  • Pre-heat skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Pinch off 5-7 pieces of dough and form into small balls. Roll out each piece on a lightly floured surface about 6” each
  • Cook on a hot skillet for 2 minutes on each side. Serve or store covered.

Notes

Store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Nutrition Facts
Unleavened Bread
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 169mg7%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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14 comments

  • Hello, i make Unleavened bread because God wants us too. Exodus 12 chapter tells us to do it forever. God is God along.

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    • Hi Johnny! That is so wonderful! I admire your dedication and commitment to God! Blessings!

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  • Made these last night as a quick snack before bed after the bar.

    Added cheese to melt on them to make a cheese roll up!

    Excellent!!!

    Super easy and quick!

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    • Yay! Thanks, Aaron! So glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Wonderful! Thanks. ❤️🙏

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    • Thank you!

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  • I am with Liza; the dough was a bit pastie, but I have a lovely silicon mat I use for rolling dough rather than a board–I kept adding a tiny bit of flour to the mat as I kneaded the dough and rolled out each piece. It turned out fine, but a little challenge. I also cooked these stove top on a really hot skillet–probably too hot–had to turn the heat down and cook a little less time as they were prone to burn if I cooked them two minutes on each side. Seemed a minute and a half turned out perfect. I flipped them a few times to make sure they didn’t smoke.

    Made homemade hummus and used these—they were great. Will make the again. Thanks for this recipe. P.S. My brother loved them!

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    • Thank you so much for the feedback! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

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  • I made these at the last minute for a Jewish friend that came for dinner. They were perfect. So simple and everything was on hand. I added some fresh herbs from my herb pot and cooked then in gee. Yum.

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    • Amazing! Thank you so much for the feedback Liz!

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  • I am confused. This was unbearably wet. I weighed the flour, but it was so sticky. It was impossible to knead it for five minutes simply because it was so sticky. Am I supposed to keep adding flour so abundantly in order for it not to be a giant sticky mess?

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    • Hello! I’ve made it a few times and if anything it can be a little dry. Is it possible you mismeasured the water?

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      • I have puzzled so long over what went wrong. I weighed the flour, which usually means less flour than when it’s scooped, but bread making is one of my favorite hobbies, so I don’t *think* I measured anything wrong. I’ll have to give it another try to see how it goes. Glad to know that these measurements usually tend towards dry rather than wet.

      • Please let us know if it doesn’t work out again!

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