Bread for Presanctified Liturgy

I have a marvelous recipe for Presanctified bread from Matushka Melanie Fecanin in Birmingham (St. Symeon the New Theologian) that I’ve been using for a few years now. I always say I’m going to make some loaves to have just for our family but I never do. Well, I did today.

I’ve made some minor modifications to the original recipe but it’s pretty flexible. This is how I’ve made it:

Bread for Presanctified Liturgy
(makes four loaves)

  • 3 cups wheat flour
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 envelopes rapid-rise yeast (or equivalent)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 3 cups hot water

Mix all the ingredients except water. Add the water slowly, stirring the dough with a knife (or use a stand-mixer with a dough hook). [You may need the entire three cups but you may need only 2 3/4 cups.] The dough should be not too dry, but not sticky. (Err on the side of sticky rather than dry.) When the dough has come together knead for several minutes then let rise for 1 hour in a warm place. Punch down and divide into four loaves (if making for Presanctified). Shape into rounds and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. For home use I divided the dough into two oblong loaves and baked for 35 minutes. If you have a large attendance at Presanctified Liturgy you may want to make two round loaves out of this recipe instead of four. 

Make it for your family first! It won’t last long.

3 thoughts on “Bread for Presanctified Liturgy

  1. Thank you so much for posting this! I remembered having it in other parishes we attended at times and have been hunting for a recipe so that we can have it at our parish too.
    On a side note, I really enjoy your blog! I am also a stay-at-home, homeschooling mother of five and a new Matushka. Life is crazy good=)


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