Obwarzanek Krakowski is one of the most popular dishes coming from Cracow. It is so traditional and authentic that it is legally protected by the geographical indication. The history of this ring-shaped bread starts back in the 14th century. That time Cracow was the capital city of the Polish royal family. The privilege to bake white bread including obwarzanki was given by the king himself.
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Today you can find obwarzanki in many places across Cracow. From restaurants, bistros, and islands in a shopping mall to the small carts on the streets. According to the data from the council regulation from 2016, there were more than 150 000 obwarzanki sold each day in the Cracow market.
The authentic obwarzanki can be made only in Cracow or Wieliczka (part of Cracow).
And what is actually Obwarzanek Krakowski?
As I mentioned before Obwarzanek Krakowski is a ring-shaped bread. Once the dough is made it is cut into thinner stripes that are then tangled together and shaped into a ring. For each ring you need to tangle 2 or 3 stripes.
When you have your rings ready you boil them in hot boiling water for around 2 minutes. Thanks to this step they are actually called obwarzanki. “Obwarzic” in Polish means boiling. Then you transfer them onto a baking sheet, smear with lightly beaten egg, and sprinkle with your favorite addition. Obwrazanki are baked on 200°C for about 20 minutes or until golden on top.
You can sprinkle them with:
- poppy seeds
- sesame seeds
- black seeds (fennel flower)