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.
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!
There are pretty much no excuses not to make this bread! You have all the ingredients and no rising necessary, so easy!
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.
- Knead the dough for 5 minutes. And before you complain about kneading, it builds muscle and character!
- 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.
- Roll out each piece of dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 6 inches in diameter.
- 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.
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!
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.
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!
How Long Will Unleavened Bread Keep?
If you store the bread covered and in the refrigerator, it can last up to a week.
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.
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!
- 2 Cups Flour, Plus 2 Tablespoons
- 1 Cup Water, Cold
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 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.
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