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Bialys

Thermomix recipe by Helene Meurer, Canada

Helene Meurer is known to the Thermomix world as SuperKitchenMachine thanks to her lively and informative blog superkitchenmachine.com. Her Onion Jam Flan was a big favourite from In the Mix 1 and this recipe has been just as popular.

Bialys are a savoury bun, originating in Białystock, Poland, and brought to wider attention in New York by Jewish immigrants. You might think of them as a bagel without the hole. They’re traditionally filled with onions and poppyseeds, not usually cheese, but Helene is a fan of finding new places for cheese, and I am right there with her.

In fact, if I had cheese as my Valentine I would be pretty happy!

bialys

Time: 1 hour, plus 45 minutes to rise dough.

Makes 12

Ingredients

Dough

  • 140 g milk
  • 1 sachet / 2 tsp dried instant yeast
  • 30 g butter, cut into cubes
  • 20 g sugar
  • 480 g baker’s flour
  • 1 tsp salt flakes

Topping

  • 100 g parmesan or other hard cheese, cut into 3cm cubes
  • 200 g onions, peeled and quartered
  • 20 g vegetable oil or olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt flakes
  • poppyseeds, to garnish

Method

  1. Pour milk into the TM bowl.
  2. Add 140 g cold water, yeast, butter and sugar and mix for 3 min/37ºC/speed 1.
  3. Add the baker’s flour and salt flakes and knead for 2 min/Closed lid/Knead. Wrap dough in a silicon mat or place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with clingwrap and allow to rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes.
  4. Place parmesan cheese in the TM bowl and grate for 10 sec/speed 8. Set aside.
  5. Place onion, vegetable or olive oil and salt flakes in the TM bowl and chop for 4 sec/speed 4. Scrape down and cook for 5 min/Varoma/speed 1/MC off with TM basket on TM lid. Allow the mixture to cool. When cool, add grated parmesan and mix for 4 sec/Reverse/speed 3.
  6. Preheat oven to 250ºC/Gas Mark 9. Fill a shallow baking tin with 2cm water and place on a low rack in the oven. The steam created will help the bialys form a glossy crust.
  7. Divide risen dough into 12 balls. (Add a dusting of flour if the dough is sticky.) Press an indentation into the centre of each ball so they are like little round bowls. Place on lined baking trays. Add a spoonful of the onion mixture to the indentation of each bun. Sprinkle buns with poppyseeds.
  8. Reduce oven temperature to 230ºC/Gas Mark 8. Place baking trays in oven and cook for 10 minutes until golden brown.

This recipe is from my second cookbook, In The Mix 2: More Great Thermomix Recipes and I’ve shared it today because I think it’s a nice one for a Valentine’s Day brunch.

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