Gluten-Free Communion Bread

1 cup G-F flour (I use a soy/rice blend)

pinch of salt

2 tablespoons shortening (I use vegetable oil or olive oil)

Stir together and add enough water to make a good dough. Roll out into a thin circle. Gently lay on a greased baking tray. Cut lightly into squares with a pizza cutter or knife so it will break easily. Bake at 350F (175C) until it is cooked through. The GF flour won’t turn brown. When cool break into pieces. You can freeze these for a number of months.

Other allergies? Since coming up with the above recipe we have new allergies in our church and now need gluten-free, soy-free. Plain rice flour does not make a nice bread. It’s tasteless and too chewy. Contrary to the sound, buckwheat flour is gluten-free (thus wheat-free), and also has no soy or corn. I find it makes a nice alternative that nearly everyone can have. The dough has a nice elasticity and it tastes okay. It will make a darker brown dough and bread than some other flours, but it works fine.

This recipe can be used with regular flour for a communion bread that is not gluten-free.

Other GF substitutions: For communion you want something that is unleavened (no yeast, baking powder, etc). Sugar aids this leavening process so you probably want to avoid sugar. In the Bible leaven is a symbol of sin and the bread is a symbol of Christ. Since Christ had no sin and used unleavened bread at the last supper, we use unleavened bread. Christ undoubtedly used bread made from wheat because that was their standard flour. For those who can’t have wheat, a gluten-free flour doesn’t destroy that symbolism. The above recipe seems like a good substitute. Sometimes, however, you find out there is a communion service and they are not prepared for people who can’t have wheat. You could quietly pass the bread by without taking any. We feel that a piece of unflavored rice cake does well. It is basically rice and salt. Or you might try a corn cake (like Real Foods Corn Thins) which is maize and salt. I assume, after eating Corn Thins, that they are made of popped corn rather than maize flour. You might try a piece of popcorn. You will have to decide what you are comfortable with as a communion bread substitute. Then be prepared for communion by putting a piece in a plastic bag in your pocket or purse.