How to Make Unleavened Bread in the Microwave

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Unleavened bread is made with flour, water and no yeast.
Unleavened bread is made with flour, water and no yeast. (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Unleavened bread – flat bread made without yeast – is a traditional Jewish food consumed during the week of Passover. According to Moses’ instructions in Exodus 12:19, “For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses.” If you don’t have access to a conventional oven, you can convert an unleavened bread recipe for the microwave.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups flour
  • Rolling pin
  • Flat, microwave-safe dish

Knead 1/2 cup water with 2 cups of flour for 10 minutes.

Roll the dough into a ball and cut it into 16 sections. On a floured surface, roll each section into a ball and flatten it into a 6-inch circle using a rolling pin.

Pierce each dough circle at 1-inch intervals with a fork. Place the dough circles on a flat microwavable dish.

Cook the bread for 1 minute, 45 seconds in the microwave.

Tips & Warnings

  • If using your own recipe, reduce the water in the bread recipe by 20 percent. Unlike an oven, microwaves have no hot air that would otherwise evaporate the water. If your recipe calls for 2/3 cup water, for example, use a little more than 1/2 cup water for a microwave recipe.
  • Adjust the microwave's power according to the oven temperature in your unleavened bread recipe. If the temperature is 425 to 500 degrees, use full power. If the temperature is 400 degrees, use 90 percent power.
  • Microwave the flatbread for one-fourth of the amount of time called for in your recipe. If the recipe instructs you to bake the flatbread for 8 minutes, cook it for 2 minutes in the microwave.

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