A cousin to the bagel, bialys are are baked, not boiled and instead of a hole through the middle they are filled with unlimited possibilities! Make your own bialys at home and put everything you want in the center and nothing that you don’t.
This recipe includes caramelized onions, bread crumbs, Parmesan and poppy seeds as toppings but you can take full creative control of your bialy destiny and add whatever feels right to you. Once baked, bialys can be treated similar to a bagel and topped with butter, cream cheese or even lox.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 small sweet onion, minced
- 2 Tbsp bread crumbs
- 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
- 3 Tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 cup warm water (110°F)
- 1 tsp instant yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 cups unbleached flour
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Heat oil and onion in a skillet. Cook onion until golden, stirring frequently. Set aside.
- Dissolve yeast in warm water. Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Slowly add the flour to yeast mixture and continue to mix on low speed until dough comes together, about 2 minutes. Increase the speed to medium and mix for about 5 minutes.
- Transfer dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead for about 5 minutes until smooth. Form a round ball and place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place away from drafts, about 1 hour.
- Cut dough into 8 equal portions. Working with one piece at a time (cover remaining pieces to avoid drying), form round, smooth balls. Place on a cookie sheet 2" apart. Cover and let rise for about 1 hour until almost doubled in size.
- Wet the bottom of a small glass and dip in flour; press glass into center of each dough ball. Add a spoonful of onion mixture to each roll. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, cheese and poppy seeds.
- Bake until bialys are golden-brown, about 6 to 8 minutes.