Baked Unleavened Bread is a flat bread with no leavening. This is how to make a quick handmade soft Matzo. Known within the Jewish community-it represents a meaningful feast in memorial of the Biblical event called Passover. This recipe for unleavened bread can be eaten for 7 days without complaints! We love it as a staple bread without leaven, because its so good! Wonderful for passover holiday (Pesach) or serve as a bread side!

baked unleavened bread (handmade soft matzo)

We can eat this homemade Matzo recipe anytime of the year not just Passover! It’s a staple at our home with these grilled chicken kabobs and is like a pita bread with no leavening! Soft and chewy, this flatbread can easily become a family favorite!

Unleavened Bread

Making Matzah flatbread is such a great way to observe the feast of Unleavened Bread! The Lord’s Passover was a memorial feast kept as an everlasting ordinance for the Lord that was to take place for seven days at the first month of the year (the 14th of the first month in Hebrew at evening to the 21st day of the month at evening.) On our American calendar that would be the month of April. The Jewish nation were to eat roasted lamb, unleavened bread, and bitter herbs as a memorial of God’s deliverance from Egypt. Unleavened bread was to be eaten for seven days and leaven was to be removed from their houses from the first to the seventh day.

“No manner of work shall be done on them: but that which everyone must eat-that only may be prepared by you” Exodus 12:16. This Bible verse indicates that unleavened bread was to be made by hand in each family. It’s interesting that Matza is commercially available now-a-days in a crisp cracker-like style when it was commanded to be prepared.

image of unleavened bread (soft matzo)

Matzo

It’s a time you can not only read about a symbolic event which occurred in the Bible but a way to show family and children what it’s about. If you are strictly following the Halakha (Jewish law) for Pesach (Passover) then Kosher flour such as wheat, (preferably a kind that doesn’t come into contact with water at any stage during its production) is recommended. Since the Bible does not indicate which flour the Hebrew’s used, I’ll leave it to baker to decide.

That being said, our Passover is Christ “For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” 1 Corinthians 5:7. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t look upon the scriptures of the old testament examples of God’s redemption upon His people. It’s a wonderful experience for children to watch and observe this ordinance given to Israel by Moses. And since “the children of Israel baked unleavened cakes of dough which they had brought out of Egypt” Exodus 12:39, so it is-Baked Unleavened Bread with no leavening and simple ingredients! We love this soft Matzo bread, it’s a family ritual to observe the events with our family!

Want a stove-top recipe for Matzah? Try our skillet Unleavened Bread Recipe. Many of our readers have commented on how they have used it for communion and other meaningful events!

Got leftovers? Turn it into Matzo meal by drying in the oven then crushing into crumbs for a Matzo Ball Soup!

homemade unleavened bread

 FAQ:

What is Unleavened Bread?

Unleavened bread is a flatbread that consists of no rising agents. Known as Matzah or Matzo within the Jewish community–it represents a symbolic element with great importance. This 4 ingredient recipe is a great way to incorporate a Biblical approach to the Passover holiday.

There are many variations to making Unleavened bread. However, if you strictly want to follow the Halakha (Jewish law) for Pesach (Passover) then Kosher flour such as wheat, (preferably a kind that doesn’t come into contact with water at any stage during its production) is recommended by the suggestion of a Jewish Rabbi.

Furthermore, all the Biblical details of the Lord’s passover is given in Exodus chapter 12 and 13. The children of Israel baked unleavened cakes of the dough, (mentioned in Exodus 12:39.) This verse indicates that the bread was not leavened and that it was baked. However, the Bible does not indicate which flour they were to use, as every household probably had different flour.

What to Serve With Unleavened Bread?

The Scriptures indicate that unleavened bread was to eaten with a lamb taken from a sheep or goat and with bitter herbs. Although, the Bible doesn’t indicate the other dishes eaten with unleavened bread-for the seven days they were to eat it, I’ve noticed meat, fish, soup, grains, vegetables, and cookies to be on the list of Passover Recipes.

Just make sure to use Kosher for Passover ingredients and no leaven. No leaven means no yeast, no baking soda, or baking powder.

Does Unleavened Bread have Oil?

Since the scriptures do not indicate whether the children of Israel were to use oil or other specific ingredients beside the order of no leaven (dough was baked and had no leaven, Exodus 12:39.) Perhaps, each household prepared unleavened bread in their own way as long as they didn’t use any leaven. If you think about it almost every cook bakes bread differently.

 

Tips:

  1. Parchment paper helps with easier handling and the need to use less flour.
  2. Score the top.
  3. Broil for pretty bread spotting.
  4. Dry leftover to make Matzo meal for recipes like Matzo Ball Soup!

 

How To Make Baked Unleavened Bread (Soft Matzo):

Baked Unleavened Bread (Handmade Soft Matzo)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Alyona
Baked Unleavened Bread is a flat bread with no leavening. This is how to make a quick handmade soft Matzo. Known within the Jewish community-it represents a meaningful feast in memorial of the Biblical event called Passover. This recipe for unleavened bread can be eaten for 7 days without complaints! We love it as a staple bread without leaven, because its so good! Wonderful for passover holiday (Pesach) or serve as a bread side!

Equipment

  • 18x13 baking sheet

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/3 cup flour (plus more for dusting)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

How To Make Unleavened Bread:

  • Combine the ingredients to make a ball of soft dough.
  • Cut a piece of parchment paper 18" long. Sprinkle with flour and roll the dough into a 15x8 oval atop of the parchment paper.
  • how to roll and score unleavened bread
    Lightly score the top by running a knife through the top to make diamond shapes. (Don't cut all the way down. This is just to make serving easier and presentable.)
  • how to bake unleavened bread
    Transfer paper onto a baking sheet and place on the bottom rack of the oven. Broil at High for 10 minutes on each side or until bread is spotted and golden brown.

Notes

  • Pan Size: I use a large 18x13-inch sheet pan. I like to invert the pan and place the paper over the inverted side before baking (optional.)
  • Flour: unbleached all-purpose flour or flour of choice. 
 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1servingSodium: 118mgCalcium: 5mgSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 29mgCalories: 149kcalSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 6gProtein: 3gCarbohydrates: 21gIron: 1mg

 

 

 

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30 comments

    • Judith

    Hi 🙂 Can this be made in an air fryer? Thanks for the recipe.

      • Alyona

      Hi Judith, I’m not sure, but I think you could if you make them into smaller portions to fit the air fryer.

    • Chelsey

    Hello, I was wondering if you have any tips here. I found the dough was too sticky so I added a little more flour so I was able to roll it out. It was about the same thickness as your pictures but when I broiled it the dough was raw. Any help would be appreciated!

      • Alyona

      Hi Chelsey, I use about 2 1/3 cup of King Arthur flour plus more for dusting when needed. My Matzah comes out to be 14×8-inch oval. I then broil it on the bottom rack of the oven for about 5 minutes on each side or until the top is speckled with tan spots, then I would flip and do the same. It should not be raw. Also, this should be slightly sticky to the touch so, you should roll this out either on a non-stick surface (like marble or parchment paper, I try not to add too much flour when rolling out.)

    • Carol Raulston

    I’m making this today for our Passover lunch. I’m also a Christian and have been following the Feast Days of the Lord for the pass 8 years. I’m using einkorn wheat flour because it is the most ancient form of wheat and because ap flour has leavening agent’s in it and during this week of Unleavened Bread, it is not permitted. I will come back and leave a review after I’ve made it.

      • Alyona

      Hi Carol, thanks for the feedback. Typically, self-rising flour has some leavening, all-purpose shouldn’t. Let us know how it turned out with Einkorn.

    • Lesley

    I am a Christian, however I wanted to try it. I love that’s its easy to make, but what do you dip it in? I tried olive oil with herbs, not sure if that was correct.
    Also it was exciting to do a communion with my husband and God.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

      • Alyona

      I love it with ranch dressing and it goes so well with grilled chicken.

      • Dawnelle Bryant

      Try hummas to dip it in.

        • Alyona

        Yum! Thanks for the idea!

    • Amanda c

    Will, it still work if you precut into small squares instead of just scoring

      • Alyona

      Hi Amanda, you don’t have to score the Matzah, however, it does help to kind of see the portions.

    • Elizabeth

    I am going to make this for Passover tomorrow but wanted to make sure I am supposed to set oven to broil and cook each side for 10 minutes? That seems a long time since broil is so hot. I just want to make sure I am not supposed to bake it. Thank you for the recipe.

      • Alyona

      Hi Elizabeth, yes that is correct it’s supposed to be broiled in the oven, otherwise if you “bake” Matzah, it will not get speckled and can eventually dry out so, you want a nice hot cooking temperature. To broil Matzah, cook on the lower rack of the oven, then flip once the side facing upward looks speckled and browned. It’s my favorite!

        • Elizabeth

        Thank you so much. It is perfect!!

          • Alyona

          Wonderful!

    • Rose

    This was absolutely delicious!!! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

      • Alyona

      Wonderful, Rose!

    • David

    Can you use gluten free flour?

      • Alyona

      I’m not sure how that would work, David but if you try it out then let us know how it turned out!

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