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Bialies - Bread buns with onion and poppy seeds


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Makes 8large buns.

Make the dough 1-3 days ahead of baking.

 

Dough:

  • 380g AP flour
  • 20g whole flour (or more AP flour)
  • optional: 10g dried onion falkes (1 heaping tablespoon)
  • 3g dry yeast
  • 20g sugar (I reduce 10g and add 30g malt syrup)
  • 9g salt
  • 275g room temp water
  • 15g butter, cubed

Onion mixture:

  • 2 large onions (350g), finely diced
  • 15g butter (~1 tbpsn)
  • 20g poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp water

 

Dough prep:

  • Dissolve the yeast in the water.
  • In a mixer (or by hand), mix all of the dough ingredients until a dough forms.
  • Knead for ~5 minutes, then let rest for ~10 minutes.
  • Repeat kneading a total of 3 or so times, until the dough is strong.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight and up to 3.

 

On day of baking, prepare the onion, mixture:

  • Set aside ~2 tablespoons of the chopped onion.
  • Lightly caramelize the remaining onion in the butter.
  • Add water, salt, poppy seeds and raw onion that was set aside.
  • Chill.

 

Shaping and baking:

  • Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Dust you working surface with flour.
  • Divide dough into 8 equal pieces.
  • Shape each into tight balls.
  • Place each on a dusted towel or surface. I prefer working with semolina rather than flour.
  • Cover and let rise until almost doubled in size, fluffy and very relaxed - for 1.5-2.5 hours.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oven to 240 C.
  • Dust each with semolina and/or flour, lightly flatten, and gently stretch the center, similarly to shaping a tiny pizza, but retaining the air around the edge.
  • Place each on the parchment lined baking sheet, 4 per sheet.
  • Portion the onion mixture on top of the center of each.
  • Bake until fully rised, and lightly browned, possibly with slightly darker spots.
  • Remove onto cooling rack.
  • Brush with butter.
  • Let cool for ~15 minutes.
  • Before serving - return to a hot oven (temperature no critical) and bake for 3-7 more minutes, until they gains a little more color.
  • Serve with cream cheese.

 

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