Proziaki are traditionally made in Podkarpacie, a southeastern part of Poland located close to the border with Ukraine in Slovakia. It’s where I was born and raised that’s why Polish soda bread will always have a special place in my heart!
I remember my grandma baking them every week. They tasted best warm with a bit of butter that melted on the fresh bread.
Polish proziaki are surprisingly easy to make. It will literally take 10 minutes to have them ready and another 15 minutes to bake. So they will make a perfect base for breakfast if you run out of bread or you simply don’t feel like walking to the bakery.
The thing is that what is easy to get in any grocery store in Poland may be a bit more difficult to buy in other countries. I am talking about maślanka or kefir that is the main ingredient of proziaki.
They are one of the most popular Polish drinks that are not only delicious but also healthy. I’ve seen kefir in many stores around the world including Thailand, so I am sure you can get them in your city. Look for Polish/Ukraine/Russian shops.
Tips For Making Proziaki
1. You can either bake them in an oven or fry on the pan.
I always chose the first option, as it’s easier to put all proziaki into the oven then frying them one by one on a pan.
If you decide to use the pan, fry them with no oil, 3-4 minutes each side, medium heat.
2. Use oil or flour to form proziaki.
The dough is quite sticky, so you need to have your hands oiled or floured before starting to form Polish soda bread.
3. You will get approximately 9-10 average proziaki from this recipe.
4. You can store proziaki at room temperature for 2-3 days.
Be sure to put them in the plastic bag or the bread box, otherwise, they will dry out.
You can also freeze them for up to 1 month.
5. If you don’t have soda, replace it with baking powder.
1 teaspoon of soda equals 3 teaspoons of the baking powder.
What To Serve Proziaki With?
Proziaki taste great when served either sweet or savory. Here are the most popular add-ons to proziaki:
- garlic butter
- cottage cheese
As you can see, proziaki are usually served with vegetarian add-ons.
Bonus fact: Do you know what is the origin of proziaki’s name? “Proza” means soda in the old Polish language!
Polish Proziaki Recipe
- 4 cups of flour
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of maslanka or kefir
- 1 teaspoon of soda (or 3 teaspoons of baking powder)
- ½ of salt
- Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl using hands.
- Oil or flour your hand and form small, flat buns. Alternatively, flour a pastry board (or a worktop), put the dough there, and knead until it is smooth. It should be about 1/2'' thick. Use the glass to cut the circles from the dough.
- Bake proziaki in the preheated oven (356°F) for 15 minutes or fry them on a pan (3-4 minutes each side, medium heat, no oil).
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135
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