Homemade Bialys

Bialys are a traditional Jewish bread that originated in Poland. This bread is made from a simple combination of flour, yeast, salt, and warm water, and is usually topped with onions and poppy seeds. They are traditionally served with cream cheese, but can be enjoyed on their own as well. Making these delicious breads at home is easier than you think, and can make for a great snack or light meal.

Ingredients used:

For 18 people

  • 2 cups - Warm water
  • 3 packages - Active dry yeast
  • 4 teaspoons - Sugar
  • 3 teaspoons - Salt
  • 6 cups - Bread flour
  • Flour for dusting (preferably rye flour for added flavor)
  • Oil for greasing bowl
  • 3 tablespoons - Minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons - Poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon - Vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch - Salt

Recipe steps:

  • Combine topping ingredients and set aside.
  • In a large bowl sprinkle yeast over the warm water to soften; stir to dissolve. Add the sugar, 6 cups of flour, and salt. Mix thoroughly until dough forms up and comes away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Turn out the dough onto a floured worksurface and knead, adding small amounts of flour as needed, for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Shape the dough into a ball; place in a large oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover and allow to rise 30 minutes. Press out all of the air with your fingers and allow to rise until doubled in size (20-30 minutes).
  • Punch down the dough, divide into thirds, roll out under your palms into ropes, and cut each rope in 6 equal pieces. Roll into balls. Cover and allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Rollout each ball into a 3 1/2 inch circle. If the dough becomes too stiff or shrinks back, allow it to rest and go on to the next piece.
  • Evenly space the circles on 2 floured or cornmeal dusted baking pans. Cover with flour rubbed cloths and allow to rise until puffy. Make an indentation from the center outward, leaving a 1-inch rim. A shot glass with a 1" bottom also works well. Press with a circular motion. Dribble bit of the reserved topping into the hole. Dust lightly with reserved flour. Cover with cloths and allow to proof until puffed up.
  • Bake without steam in a preheated 450 deg F oven for 15-20 minutes. Make 18 bialys.

These homemade bialys are so delicious and simple to make. Enjoy them for breakfast, lunch, or as an afternoon snack. Serve them warm with cream cheese or on their own for a tasty treat. With this easy recipe, you can make a traditional Jewish dish from the comfort of your own home!