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Bialy-Dish Shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of Baking Bread

By Shalinidigvijay @shalinidigvijay
Bialy (Bee-aah-lee) .
Its not a Bagel, its not a muffin ,its the best of both.
Bialy, a Yiddish word short for biały or bialystoker kuchen, from the city of Białystok in Poland, is a small roll that is a traditional dish in Polish and Polish Ashkenazi cuisine.-Wikipedia
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking BreadThats what I read off the internet. And then I made them.
Oh and then they were gone.
Just like that.
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking BreadJust managed to take a few pictures...
The onions caramelized superbly and more in that depression in the dough in the oven.
Depressions in the ocean bring rain... badly needed here in India. Its warm and I just had to bake them.
The dough is similar to bagels. No fat in the dough.
The fat is in the caramalised onions and cheese.
So the calories balance out.
Super easy and super quick. They are chewey and taste amazing. And then when you bite into the onions its like a yum roll filled with onion jam.
For the
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls 
You need
2 cups all purpose flour1 cup tepid water3/4 tsp instant yeast1 tsp salt1 tsp oil to oil the bowl
For the onions2 tsp oil plus 1 tsp butter 1\2 tsp salt2 medium onions chopped Cheese optional to sprinkle 2 tsp poppy seeds 
Start with the flour and salt and yeast in a bowl. Knead to a firm dough using all or most of the water.and set aside to double in an oiled bowl.Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking BreadAlmost two hours later...Tada.....Double.And when I weighed this ,it was all of 484 GM's. Next time ,I'll weigh the ingredients individually.On a slow flame , caramelize the onions with oil ,butter and salt till a little brown and set aside.
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking BreadThis recipe is for 5 Bialys. So dividing into 5 pieces...roughly 97 GM's each. 
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking Bread
OK. I did this cute but. All you do is tuck the outside under and make a smooth ball. And pinch the extras together and place on floured parchment paper. The original recipe said floured towel. But I can think of better uses of my maids time. So paper it will be. Sprinkle some flour on top and cover with film. Set aside to rest atleast an hour.
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking BreadAn hour later...
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking BreadNow on a parchment paper place this Bialy and with both thumbs  make a depression in. The center.Turn on your oven to 400F or 200C and leave a baking tray in the middle of the oven to heat. Also leave an old cake tin at the bottom.
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking BreadAnd with scissors make four cuts in the depression so that it doesn't rise again. Next time we'll make a big of this step too. I need an assistant videographer in my kitchen.
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking Bread
Set this tray aside 20 mins to rest. At the end of 20 minutes, brush the sides of the bialys with water. Spoon in the onions,sprinkle a wee bit of cheese and then sprinkle the Poppy seeds. I've put poppy seeds in a spice jar..makes it easier to sprinkle.
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking BreadHold your cookie sheet by the edge and let the parchment paper slide on to the heated baking tray. Pour some Water into that old cake tin at the bottom of the oven. The steam is what gives the bialys a gorgeous crust.
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking Bread
The first two bialys didn't have water brushed on. So the Poppy seeds never stayed. But the texture... the chewey ness was a little bit like a bagel... bagels I've tasted and like very much...but I have nothing to judge my Bialy against. But poppy seed crunch and soft onions..ooh ... and some cheese ...
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking Bread
Awesome.
Ooh and because I was kneading and proofing dough and baking...it had to be more than five Bialys.
So the fougasse with olives and herbs de Provence also was done.
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking Bread
But that's another blog post.There Bialys were dinner. According to sweet child a few pieces of chicken alongside the Bialys and a bowl of soup would allow him to pretend Winter was coming...in. The blistering healthy we're experiencing.
Bialy-Dish shaped Onion Filled Rolls , The Magic of  Baking Bread
So all those of you who love bagels should try these pretty  Bialys . The flour still remains...just because it would have been sacrilege to brush it off.
I found the bread idea on the Indian Artisan bread Baker's group on Facebook ,then I surfed until I went back to Joe Pastry...you do know who he is?
I hope?
You bake right?
You should!!! Know who he is..I mean!
Did I get the scandalized expression in this sentence?
You should be with me when I do these expressions. According to all who know me...just watching those expressions is worth the time they waste listening to me carry on and on....
So come on...

What are you baking today???
Bialys?
Bagels?
Challahs?

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