What are family holiday traditions? Every family has its own rituals and habits for every holiday – from the decoration of the family home and the holiday table to the family holiday meals and drinks that are passed down to each succeeding generation. And each of us can decide whether to follow all family traditions or not. I don’t follow traditions because I like to experiment, and in recent years our way of eating has been very different from the traditions of the families in which we were born and raised.

Some of our family’s traditional holiday recipes over the years I have modified and adapted to our healthy balanced vegan gluten-free diet, and others I no longer make. One such recipe is for the ritual Christmas Eve coin bread that my grandmother and my mother used to make when I was a child. Traditionally, ritual bread was prepared on Christmas Eve from wheat flour and baking soda, and ritual objects were placed in it – a metal coin, a button, a grain of beans and a grain of corn, a piece of a branch of dogwood, and each one has its own meaning.

I usually experiment, so now I decided to make a ritual bread with brown rice flour and organic soybeans, but I also add the obligatory family ritual items. Brown rice gives a nice nutty flavor but has a gritty texture, so I combine it with soy flour for moisture and enough protein. I add ground flaxseed and psyllium powder to give the gluten-free bread softness and elasticity.

The rice bread “Obredna Pitka” has a crispy crust and a soft interior, with a pleasant nutty taste and aroma of whole grain bread. Brown rice and soy flour give the bread a dark color, but if you replace the soy flour with chickpea flour, the color of the bread will lighten significantly.

Ever since I was a child, I have looked forward to Christmas Eve dinner and the breaking of the ritual bread, because the hidden ritual objects in it indicate what the coming year will be like. When you receive the piece of bread with the metal coin hidden in it, next year you will have great financial success and monetary income. If you get the piece of bread with the hidden button in it, you will take care of the clothes in the family. The piece of bread with the piece of dogwood branch and a sign that next year you will be healthy and vibrant. You will have to take care of the family garden if you get the piece of bread with the bean hidden in it. Or you will take care of family unity when you get the piece of bread with the grain of corn in it. I don’t know how true these statements are, but when I received the piece of bread with the coin in it the following year I had financial success.

And whether to observe family traditions or not is your personal decision! And remember that every day is a holiday when you are with your loved ones.

Rice Bread “Obredna pitka”

Course: Breakfasts, Party, Recipes









Rice bread with a coin


  • 200 g brown rice
    can be replaced with brown rice flour

  • 200 g organic soy flour
    can be replaced with chickpea flour

  • 50 g golden flaxseed

  • 15 g psyllium powder

  • 5 g citric acid

  • 5 g bicarbonate of soda

  • 5 g rock salt
    can be replaced with any other salt

  • 600 ml filtered water

  • – baking paper

  • – a metalbaking dish with a diameter of 22 cm

  • – a metal coin, a button, a grain of beans and a grain of corn/choose as large grains as possible/, a piece of dogwood

Cooking instructions

  • With a kitchen scale and a measuring cup, I weigh all the ingredients of the recipe separately. With the dry grinding attachment of the blender, I grind the brown rice grains into flour, and then the flax seeds. I wash the ritual objects and dry them well.
  • In a large bowl I put all the dry ingredients and stir them until they are evenly mixed. I add the water and gently mix until a soft dough is obtained. In different places in the dough I put the ritual objects – the metal coin and the button, the beans and corn, the piece of dogwood branch.
  • I cover the metal form with baking paper and evenly distribute the dough on top, making sure that the ritual objects are not visible from above. I put the metal form in a preheated oven at 180°C with a fan and bake for 30 minutes or until the top of the bread gets a red tan. I take the mold with the baked bread out of the oven and leave it aside to cool.
  • I put the rice bread “Obredna Pitka” in a suitable tray and place it in the middle of the festive table. During the holiday dinner, the bread is broken into pieces and a piece is given to each person at the table.


  • Nutritional value per 100g. product:
  • Energy value – 243.54 kcal
  • Proteins – 19.28 g
  • Carbohydrates – 35.48 g
  • Fat – 4.31 g
  • Fiber – 10.29 g
  • If you replace the amount of soy flour in the recipe with the same amount of chickpea flour, you will get a delicious bread with less protein and more carbohydrates.