Sourdough Bialys with Fresh Whole Wheat
I have not made Bialys in a long time. The last time I made these I used Spelt so this time I decided to use some freshly ground high extraction whole wheat.
For the filling most of them used the traditional mixture of poppy seeds, onions and oil but I didn’t make enough so I used some shredded aged Vermont white cheddar. You can’t go wrong with adding cheese to about anything in my humble opinion :).
Seed Starter (66% hydration): 83 grams
AP Flour: 172 grams
Rye Bran: 25 grams (you can omit this and just add more flour)
Water: 116 grams
First Clear Flour: 551 grams
Fresh WW Flour: 257 grams
Ice Water: 490 grams
Salt: 20 grams
All of the Levain Above
Mix all the levain ingredients together for about 1 minute and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit at room temperature for around 7-8 hours or until the starter has doubled. I used my proofer set at 83 degrees and it took about 4 hours.
Onion Poppy Seed Filling
45 grams Dehydrated Onions
340 grams Boiling Water
14 grams Vegetable Oil
10 grams Black Poppy Seeds
4 grams (1/4 tsp.) Sea Salt
Add the boiling water to the onions and stir and let them sit for around 30 minutes or longer. Next strain them out and spread them on a piece of paper towel. Wring out as much water as you can.
Mix the onions with the remaining ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use.
Main Dough Procedure
Mix the flours with the ice water for about 1 minute. Let the rough dough sit for about 20 minutes to an hour. Next add the starter and salt and mix on low for 5 minutes and speed #2 for another 3 minutes. You should end up with a cohesive dough that is slightly tacky but very manageable. Remove the dough from your bowl and place it in a lightly oiled bowl or work surface and do several stretch and folds. Let it rest covered for 10-15 minutes and then do another stretch and fold. Let it rest another 10-15 minutes and do one additional stretch and fold. Let the dough rise until it is doubled in size. I used my proofer and it took around 5 hours.
When the dough is ready, divide into 12 pieces that are 85 grams each and shape them into round rolls shapes. Let them rest on a parchment covered baking sheet and cover with sprayed plastic wrap or a moist lint free towel(s). Let the shaped dough proof until they are doubled in size and the poke test leaves a nice indent. You almost want them to over-proof otherwise they will puff up too much which you don’t want.
Around 45 minutes before ready to bake, pre-heat your oven to 500 degrees F. and prepare it for steam. I have a heavy-duty baking pan on the bottom rack of my oven with 1 baking stone on above the pan and one on the top shelf. I pour 1 cup of boiling water in the pan right after I place the dough in the oven.
Once they are proofed sufficiently take each ball in your hand and place your two thumbs in the middle and stretch the dough so the center is paper thin and the outside has a nice thick rim. It’s almost like making a mini pizza.
Next, place a teaspoon of the onion filling in the middle of each shaped bialy and place in your oven. Place the cup of boiling water into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until the bialys are nice and brown.
I was very happy with how these came out. I usually leave a few out to eat and freeze the rest in double zip lock bags and when I want one to eat I microwave one for 25-30 seconds and toast.
Below are a few garden photos for those who are interested from this spring.
Wow it must be bialys day here at TFL. Gorgeous bialys Ian, but I'm even more impressed by your peony collection, spectacular. Do you have an Ito peony by any chance?
Glad you like them. My peony expert Wife informs me that we do have an Ito peony 😉.
You do have an incredible peony collection then Ian, very impressive as are your bialys.
We planted another 5 or 6 of them from bare root this spring so hopefully by next season we will have some flowers. Now the summer flowers have started to bloom which is always something we enjoy as well. I’ll post some summer blooms soon for those that are interested.
They look absolutely mouth-watering. And the peonies are gorgeous, too.
I'd love to make some bialys but with just two of us, they'd either go stale before we could eat all of them or we'd wind up shaped much like the bialys. Maybe when our younger daughter and her family are here in July...
I'm a 2 person household as well, unless you count my 3 dogs and 4 cats :). I usually freeze most of them and defrost them one at a time when I want to use them. I do the same with rolls. It's enough of an effort to allow me to control my carb intake...or at least it helps!
Let me know how yours turn out if you get a chance next month to try them.
I don't know what's more impressive, the bialys or your garden. Perhaps enjoying a bialy while sitting in your garden? Sounds like a great way to start the day.
Glad you enjoyed both. The gardening is much more work than baking 😉 and eating!
Nicely done! You really flattened that center space…I failed on first try. Will try your described method next time..
Seems like an age since peonies were blooming here in central California. Thanks for the reminder that Spring is lingering somewhere.
I’m sure yours tasted great anyway. It definitely works best when the dough is a little overproofed.