I have been baking bread at home for a few years now, but I have missed World Bread Day because the event sort of sneaked up on me finding me unprepared. This year, I made a point of being prepared, so I have a nice bread to share: Boiceville Bialys from "Simply Great Breads" by Daniel Leader with Lauren Chattman. My dictionary defines bialy as "A flat bread roll topped with chopped onions." (Note that the recipe directs you to use a stand-up mixer. However, the dough can be mixed and kneaded by hand, which is what I did.)
I have also another book by Leader: "Local Breads," and I have featured recipes from it here, here and here. The recipe for bialys caught my attention immediately upon going through the book. I have made it twice, halving the quantities and also using my own poppy seeds (semi di papavero) for the filling: I like the combination with onion (cipolla). If you end up having leftover filling, you can use it as topping for a soup, like I did here.
A few weeks ago, I published a photo of my poppy seeds and I mentioned I had used them in a bread recipe: well, here it is and here is a photo of one of my poppies.
The photo above of the baked bialys is not great, but please believe me, they are great. The description Leader gives is perfect: "The bialys come out light and bubbly, with a thin but wonderfully crisp crust."
The parting shot is of the filled bialys ready to go into the oven. "Bialys are best eaten on the day they are baked," says Leader. Indeed, it is difficult to make them last until dinner time (ora di cena).
Happy World Bread Day!
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