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A Blind Squirrel's Recipe For Bialys.

A Blind Squirrel's Recipe For Bialys.

DanO's picture


The classic onion bialy from my youth chewy and thick crusted. Two weeks and 9 batches with varied degrees of success . I was so happy with the last batch I ate two of them plain.


Prep time1 hour, 30 minutes
Cooking time12 minutes
Total time1 hour, 42 minutes


630 g
Bread Flour (My bread machine's max)
372 g
Warm Water (59% Hydration)
1 t
active dry yeast
1 t
sea salt
170 g
chopped onion
1 T
poppy seeds


Flour,water,yeast and salt bread machine basic dough cycle 7 min.

 Shut off bread machine at 7 min.remove dough ball ,put in a Pam sprayed and covered bowl to rise until it doubles in size , in my case 1 hr 15min. (go by size not time).                                              This made 10 bialys.                          

Topping-1 small onion about 170 grams.chopped fine ,put in med. frying pan with olive oil on low heat after a few min. put in poppy seeds saute  until  onions turn clear, remove and put in a  bowl.

The dough was 1000 grams = 10 100 gram bialys

After dough doubles in size remove and fold a few times.   I started to break off pieces to put on scale and made 100 gram balls. I then made what looked like 10 little pizzas 5"  diameter with a rim around it and a 1" very thin middle.I scooped a Tbs onion/poppy mixture and pressed the back of the tablespoon into each one turn the spoon dropping it's contents into the indentation . I put them on parchment paper and used my peel to put them in the oven 12 min @450 deg.on a pizza stone middle rack.Removed from oven to bakers cooling rack. The most important thing is to eat one while it's still warm out of the oven.                 Good Luck                      Dan



dabrownman's picture

fine bialys - one of the greatest breads of all time - but hard to get just right.

Happy Thanksgiving