I've been to this site and gotten a basic recipe: http://www.prosphora.org/
Our church would use something similar to the "Russian" recipe. We have small prosphori that are used during the Proskomedia, and then handed out to the faithful after Divine Liturgy...with the little bits taken out.
There's also the antidoron....not to mention the Lamb.
So, here's my situation.
My pastor will be away for a couple of weeks at the end of the month for a family wedding. We will have a visiting priest. My parish priest always bakes his own prosphora. However, he won't have the time to bake enough before he leaves, and the visiting priest will be staying in a hotel, ergo no oven.
Therefore, I have been approached to bake the prosphori for those two Sundays. I might perhaps involve the church children so they see how it is done.
Problem is....I don't know how it is done!
Never seen it done.
So, I know enough to realize this is a completely holy procedure and not to be taken lightly. People were telling me I was stupid for accepting this "challenge"....while I saw it as a complete honor to "make" something that would be used in the Liturgy. I'm just silly that way.
I plan to buy hair nets for all the kids...no matter how funny they look, I'll get a new clean bowl, bottled spring water, etc. Pray before hand, etc.
However, I would totally appreciate any and all advice and suggestions....since, as I said, I've never done this before.
I will be baking in the church kitchen, which has an industrial quality convection oven.
I need help with:
Is the recipe on that site above, a good one?
Should I put a pan of water in the oven to keep the humidity at the correct level?
Are there any particular prayers that should be read? I was thinking the Lord's Prayer, but, am willing to pray more if necessary.
I think I can figure out the two level round prosphori with the stamp, but, what about the bread for the Lamb? I have NO idea what it should look like. I have never had the honor to be an altar boy, and have only seen the Lamb after it's in pieces in the Chalice.
Any and all advice will be gratefully accepted.
I have a couple of weeks to go, so, maybe I will practice at home.