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Bialy, a Yiddish word short for bialystoker, from Białystok, a city in Poland, is a small roll that is a traditional dish in Polish Ashkenazi cuisine. A traditional bialy has a diameter of up to 15 cm (6 inches) and is a chewy yeast roll similar to a bagel. Unlike a bagel, which is boiled before baking, a bialy is simply baked, and instead of a hole in the middle it has a depression. Before baking, this depression is filled with diced onions and other ingredients, including (depending on the recipe) garlic, poppy seeds, or bread crumbs.
The name bialy is short for bialystoker kuchen (Bialystok Cake). The bialy was formerly little known outside of New York City, but has started to move into the larger market. They were originally brought into the United States by Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
I found the recipe here. You can click over there from Zeb Bakes on my side bar of blogs and scroll down to see her breads.
The bialy is a cousin of the bagel- just more depressed than holey. The flavor and texture is wonderful- chewy and toothsome- I ate two still warm from the oven and I’m not a bit sorry. I made them smaller- the recipe spoke of 12- I made 18. These are really worth the effort- I just wish I could figure out why I start baking on stifling hot days. The baking temp for these is 450 degrees F- so my face got a little singed every time I opened the oven.
The buns are from the same source. Joanna at Zeb Bakes is a dedicated bread baker- and I love to try some of the artisan breads she tries.
These are from a post she wrote this week- ” If you don’t know it, Dan Lepard writes a great baking column each week in the Guardian newspaper, usually with ingredients that are easily available and fairly straightforward techniques for the home baker to follow. ”
Mine don’t look as good as hers, but they sure tasted good. I made them to go with hamburgers- and they are great! They don’t get soggy, aren’t doughy or too big, and the flavor is delicious on its own.
…and load them up with goodies!