Taste of Home for the Holidays

By Botond Laszlo

As the year wraps up and it is time for the holidays, my thoughts turn towards home and family more. Nothing captures that feeling of being at home with the family during the holidays quite like the smells and flavors you remember growing up with.

So with that I want to share a special recipe we would enjoy around the holidays. It is my mom's recipe for Bejgli (in English pronounced like "bay-glee"). While it is available in bakeries all year long, it is a special holiday treat in my mind. 

Bejgli

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This recipe makes 3 "loafs"
 
Ingredients
  • yeast
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar (to proof the yeast)
  • 6 Tbsp White Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 5 cup + 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 2.5 - 3 cans of poppy seed filling (alternatively can be made with finely chopped walnuts and a little sugar instead)
  • pinch of salt
Directions
  1. Proof the yeast: Follow directions on yeast packet or combine 1/4 cup warm water with 1/2 tsp sugar. Sprinkle the yeast on it and let it sit 10 minutes or so until it gets foamy.
  2. Combine the sugar and butter into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the dough blade or mixer. Process well until creamy and smooth.
  3. Add the egg and sour cream to the food processor bowl and mix ingredients.
  4. Gently mix the flour with the yeast
  5. Add flour mixture to the food processor and turn it on. If dough is too sticky add more flour, if dough is not sticky enough, add water.  You want it to be the consistency of bread dough.
  6. Shape the dough into a ball, put in an oiled bowl large enough for it to expand in. Place a damp towel over the bowl and place in a warm place. Leave for 1.5 - 2 hours until it doubles in size.
  7. Divide the dough into 3 even pieces
  8. Roll one piece of dough out on a lightly floured surface to form a long rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Spread 1/3 poppy seed filling on rolled out dough.  Allow for about an inch around the edge without filling. 
  10. Roll the dough to form a log. Press seams and place seam side down on a lightly oiled or parchment lined jellyroll pan or baking sheet.
  11. Repeat the previous 3 steps with each piece of dough
  12. Cover the pan, put in a warm spot for the dough to rise for about an hour
  13. Brush the rolls with an egg yolk for golden shiny color
  14. Put the baking tray in the fridge for 1/2 hour
  15. Preheat oven to 375 F
  16. Prick the tops of the loaves a few times with a fork. This will help prevent it from splitting down the middle.  Doesn't affect the taste, just appearance.
  17. Bake the loaves until they are a deep golden brown which takes about 35 - 45 min
 
thank you and happy holidays! 
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From all of us at Marvelous Home Makeovers we want to thank all of the clients who invited us into their home to partner and create beautiful spaces for them this year. We are also thankful for the continued referrals from clients we worked with in the past and for those partnerships that have turned into friendships.

We hope you have a beautiful holiday season surrounded by friends and family wherever you call home.

About the Author

Botond Laszlo is the owner of Marvelous Home Makeovers. He is passionate about high quality, environmentally conscious design.