Onion Bialys

Onion Bialys

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From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1996

Bialys are like bagels, but they're baked instead of boiled. Lots of chopped onion and poppy seeds are a tasty topping.

Ingredients 12 servings

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  • 1½ cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 5 teaspoons sugar
  • 4-5 cups bread flour, preferably unbleached
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1-2 tablespoons cornmeal, for sprinkling baking sheets
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1½ tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water


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  1. Whisk together lukewarm water, yeast and sugar in a large bowl until the yeast dissolves. Stir in 1 cup flour. Stir in salt and enough additional flour to make a soft dough, about 2½ cups.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead, gradually incorporating more flour as needed to prevent sticking, until the dough is smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Cover the dough with a clean dish towel and let rise for 45 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, lightly sprinkle with cornmeal and set aside.
  4. Stir together onion, poppy seeds and oil in a small bowl and set aside. Whisk the egg and 2 tablespoons water together in another small bowl.
  5. When the dough has risen, punch it down and divide it into 12 equal pieces; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll or stretch each piece into a 4- to 5-inch oval and place on the prepared baking sheets.
  6. Brush each bialy with the egg-and-water mixture and sprinkle with a heaping tablespoon of the onion-poppy-seed mixture and some salt. Cover with a floured dish towel and let rise until they appear puffy, 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place the bialys in the oven, reduce the heat to 425°F and bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 194 calories; 3 g fat(0 g sat); 2 g fiber; 36 g carbohydrates; 6 g protein; 173 mcg folate; 16 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 24 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 28 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 290 mg sodium; 97 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (43% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2½ starch

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