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The authentic Mount Athos recipe for holy bread

The Holy Bread is the bread we offer in the Temple, to perform the Divine Eucharist. Together with the wine, as Holy Gifts (bread and wine), before being transferred to the Great Entrance to the Holy Table, they are placed in the Intention (pre + tithimi = I add), where with the ceremony of Proskomidi they will prepare for the Divine Liturgy. parts of the Offeror will be placed ritualistically in the Tray and a little wine in the Holy Grail. On the Offer there is a relief design, formed by a seal.


  • 1500 gr. wheat flour (yellow)
  • 800 ml lukewarm water (21-30 ° C)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 300 gr. yeast
  • 1 special stamp for offers 17cm 
  • 1 aluminum pan (26-28 cm in diameter)
  • 1 kitchen scale 
  • 1 toothpick

Inflate for 3-6 hours (depending on room temperature).

Preheat the oven for 15 minutes at 180 ° C
Bake at 180 ° C, 50-60 minutes (not in the air!).


Execution Method

In a bowl add the 800 ml of water, salt and dissolve the yeast. Add about 500 g of flour and mix it with a ladle (until it becomes thick like mustard). Cover the boat with a towel and leave it for at least 24 hours (until it bubbles). Add the rest of the flour and start kneading. Knead for about 20 minutes (saying the wish *).

Remove 300 gr. dough (yeast) and put it in a taper for next week. With the scales we divide the suitable into 2 parts. One 1200 gr and the other 800 gr. Knead the large piece until it becomes a ball, then take it and spread it on the form until it touches the walls.

With a wet pastry brush, wet the top of the piece that we spread on the form. Then we take the small ball (800gr), place it on top of the wet piece and spread it evenly (radius about 17 cm), so that it becomes a suitable two-story. Then forcefully seal the top piece to join them. Leave the seal for 3 minutes before removing it. Make 24 holes with the toothpick, to let the air out. Bake in a preheated oven for one hour at 180 ° C (not in the air). Wrap the suitable with a towel, close it tightly in a bag and leave it until it cools completely, so that it softens from its water vapor.

*Offer prayer: Κύριε Σὲ εὐχαριστῶ γι᾿ αὐτὴν τὴν ἅγια⁇ ρα, ποὺ μὲ τὰ ἁμαρτωλά μου χέρια μὲ ἀξιώνεις νὰ ζυμώνω τὰ Πανάχραντα Δῶρα τῆς ἀγάπης Σου. Σὲ παρακαλῶ κατάπεμψε τὸ Πανάγιό Σου Πνεῦμα ποὺ εὐλογεῖ ὅλα τὰ Μυστήρια τῆς Ἐκκλησίας, νὰ εὐλογήσει καὶ τοῦτα τὰ Δῶρα γιὰ νὰ γίνουν καλὰ καὶ εὐπρόσδεκτα στὸ Ἅγιό Σου θυσιαστήριο. Καὶ σὲ παρακαλῶ νὰ τὰ δεχθῇς ὅπως ἐδέχθης τὴ θυσία τοῦ Ἄβελ, τὴ δοξολογία τῶν Ποιμένων, τὰ δῶρα τῶν Μάγων, τὰ δάκρυα τοῦ Πέτρου, καὶ τοῦ Ληστοῦ τὴν μετάνοιαν. Καὶ ἂς μὲ ἀξιώνεις νὰ σοῦ τὰ προσφέρω πάντοτε εὐσυνείδητα. Amen.

Source: www.diakonima.gr
Photo: www.iellada.gr

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