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Recipe Newton 2 for Qurban (Holy Bread) for Holy Eucharist and the Antidoron from the Eparchy of Newton from a Traditional Recipe of His Excellency Bishop / Sayedna / Sayidna John Elya, Eparch Emeritus of the Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts)

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Recipe Newton 2 is from His Excellency Bishop / Sayedna / Sayidna John Elya, Eparch Emeritus of Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts)

Ingredients

1 package dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup warm water
10 cups flour (up to 2 cups of the total may be whole wheat flour, if desired)
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups warm water (approximately)

Procedure

Proof the yeast with 1/2 tsp sugar in 1/4 cup warm water.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and 3 cups warm water. Add dry ingredients gradually so that everything is thoroughly mixed.
Add dissolved yeast and mix well.
Depending on various factors (humidity, type of flour, etc.), you may need to add more water or more flour. The dough should not be sticky, but will be very dense and stiff.

Knead dough thoroughly until smooth.
Cover with a light cloth and set in a warm place to rise about 1-1/2 -- 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 400F.
(Lightly grease cookie sheets or shallow baking sheets.) Correction: this line should read "Lightly FLOUR cookie sheets or shallow baking sheets."
According to Rev. Father Mark Malone, St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church, 1620 Bell Street, Sacramento CA 95825, (916)920-2900, no fat can be near Holy Bread. Since oil and grease are by products of fat they can not be used.

Punch down risen dough. Shape into balls about the size of a tennis ball or baseball, depending on size of loaf desired. Roll between hands until smooth.
Flatten each ball until less than 1/2 inch thick. Place on baking sheet, shaping as necessary.
For each loaf, dip Holy Seal (IC|XC NIKA Stamp) lightly in flour and press firmly into the center of the loaf.
Make vertical punctures all the way through the dough around the edges of the seal and in the rest of the loaf to allow steam to escape and prevent rising.

Baking

Bake about 13-15 minutes, until bottoms of loaves are light brown. Top crust should color very slightly.
When done, remove from baking sheet. Cool on racks.
When loaves are completely cool, they may be put in zip-lock bags and frozen for future use.
Makes about six to eight loaves which are about six to eight inches in diameter.

Number of Loaves Made

Traditionally five loaves are made to represent the two fish and five loaves that Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ blessed to feed the crowd.

  • Two loaves are large for Holy Eucharist
  • Three loaves are small for the Antidoron and for family.

I have made that number of loaves from this Recipe for Qurban.


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