Polish Chalka Crumble Bread
This bread traditionally eaten on Easter is a delicious sweet bread that is also great for breakfast!
It’s that time again – time for Bread Bakers and this month Sonia picked the theme of braided breads. Although it might be hard to see underneath the crumb, this is a braided loaf!
I always feel so blessed to live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. For example, this past weekend I went to Chinatown and there were mangosteen and dragonfruit being sold everywhere and I made a stop at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory as it was a really warm weekend and had some Black Sesame Ice Cream but they also have durian, green tea, and taro.
I don’t think there’s another city in America where just with a short train ride you can go from China to Poland and then India or Senegal with another short train ride. Every community has their own little neighborhood where you can get traditional foods whether it be Greek, Russian, Indian, Chinese, Uzbeki, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, African or Korean.
The outer boroughs are the best places in NYC to experience traditional cultural foods. Many Manhattan restaurants placate to tourists and mute the flavors for mass appeal.
A few weeks ago I found myself in Greenpoint, after not visiting for several years. Greenpoint is the border area between Brooklyn and Queens, but technically in Brooklyn. It also just happens to be the hub of NYC Polish community. Even just visiting the neighborhood supermarket, I was able to find lots of varieties of kasha (buckwheat) and pickles I don’t find in my own neighborhood. Look out for some buckwheat recipes COMING SOON!
While there I had lunch at a fabulous little spot called the Polka Dot Cafe where they serve homestyle traditional Polish food. I had some simple sausage, kasha (buckwheat) and cabbage and it was so delicious. My mom had some rice with kale and sauerkraut stuffed pierogies. Am I making you hungry yet? I definitely plan on going back soon to try some more.
If you have a Polish neighborhood in your city, definitely try some of their delicious food. If not, when you come to NYC, don’t forget to include a visit to Greenpoint in your itinerary.
Anyway, after experiencing the explosion of flavors of homemade Polish food, when it came time for me to research my breads for this month’s theme, I had Poland on my mind.
Chalka is a very popular bread in Poland. Many people make it or buy it weekly. However, it is usually made more festive for Easter by adding the crumb and the dried fruit.
This Polish Chalka Crumble Bread is very traditional for Easter in Poland. It’s like Passover without Challah or Jamaicans without Easter Bun for Easter.
The crumb transforms the bread from a simple braid to something spectacular to put onto your holiday table!
Now isn’t that a gorgeous bread for the table!!!
The bread is just as delicious for breakfast with my homemade Pumpkin Jam, cheese and fruit!
Ready to make Polish Chalka Crumble Bread? I would love to see your photos! Tag me on Instagram @chefmireille #theschizochef with your pics!
Check out the other Bread Baker Braids!
- Chocolate and Cinnamon Babka from AnyBodyCanBake
- Nutella Crunch Braid from All That’s Left Are the Crumbs
- Braided Easter Bread from The Mad Scientist’s Kitchen
- Russian braided pesto bread from Veenas Vegnation
- Pizza Braid from Simply Inspired Meals
- Stuffed Braided bread from namscorner
- Braided Rye Bread from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Veggie Cheese Braided Bread from Sneha’s Recipe
- Polish Chalka Crumble Bread from The Schizo Chef
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.