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Adjust Servings:
1 kg all-purpose Flour
40 g fresh Yeast
600 ml warm Water
4-5 tbs Sunflower oil
0.25 tsp Salt

Holy bread

All the dough

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Holy bread for the night before Christmas

  • 2 h
  • Serves 12
  • Medium



Tradition says that every house should have a Holy bread in the night before Christmas. It hides a coin and the eldest member of the family breaks it in pieces at the beginning of the holiday dinner. Whoever finds the coin will be the master of health and luck in the forthcoming year. Soo Tasty holidays with Soo Foodies!

  • The Holy bread traditionally is round and stays in the center of the holiday table
  • You can make figures from dough on top, describing life such as a cross, animals, wheat, grapes
  • For a soft crust cover the bread with a towel right after taking out from the oven. For a crispy crust, do not cover Holy bread



Start with activating the yeast. Take a jug with warm water and put the fresh yeast inside. Stir well until it dissolves completely. Leave it for 5 minutes.


Take a bowl and place the flour inside. Make a hole in the middle or as it is also known “a well”. Pour the yeast mixture in it and start to knead little by little. Put half of the salt quantity on the dough and knead some more. Add the other half of the salt and knead again. Put some oil, knead, oil again and finish with kneading. Take a big bowl, oil its bottom and place the ready dough inside to rest for 40 minutes. Cover with a towel. Let the bowl stay somewhere at a nice, warm temperature.


Please note that this doze is for one big bread as the tradition says that every member of the family should have a piece in order the forthcoming year to be a generous one. You can use all the dough for one bread or split it into 2 and make one traditional round bread with the coin inside and one regular bread for the next day (if your family is a smaller one). We did it the second way with this recipe.

With ½ of the dough, we prepared a bread. Make sure you knead enough to form a nice elastic dough and place it in a baking dish over baking paper. Make some cuts with a knife on the top of the bread. Leave it to rest for another 30 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 220 C.


The Holy bread is made with the other 1/2 of the dough. Knead a little bit and hide the coin inside. Place over baking paper and draw a cross on top with a fork. Leave the dough to rest for another 30 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 220 C. Enjoy Christmas Eve!

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