Seemingly simple Roman Catholic Communion bread serves a purpose similar to desi, and like Buddha’s Delight doesn’t have a must-do definitive recipe. For centuries theologians and ordinary cooks have struggled to find the most fitting way to physically transmit the grace of the invisible “Host.” The single wafer concept, one for every body, competes with the belief Communion is better represented with a whole loaf of bread broken by congregants into pieces to signify many sharing the One. There’s no agreement on the use and variety of wheat either or, more particularly, yeast. Eastern Orthodox churches deliberately use leavened bread for Communion, believing its expanded volume—that yeast poof!-- best represents the Resurrection that distinguished Jesus as Christ. On the other hand, Roman Catholics serve unleavened “crackers” to adhere to the ancient belief that pure bread consists only of flour and water. Yeast is an impurity that provokes artificial inflation, which looks like cheating.
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