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Czech Wallachian Frgál with blueberries recipe
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Wallachian Frgál with Blueberries

A large round pie of excellent taste, typical for Wallachia, a small region in the Czech Republic.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Czech
Keyword Czech pastry, frgál
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Leavening 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 2 frgály

Ingredients

Yeasted dough for 2 frgály:

  • 2 and ⅔ cups (350 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (120 ml) milk lukewarm
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast or 30 g fresh yeast
  • ¾ st (85 g) butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ⅔ cup (80 g) powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • lemon zest grated from ½ lemon

Streusel:

  • 1 and ¼ stick (140 g) butter
  • ¾ cup (140 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 and ¼ cups (160 g) all-purpose flour

Filling:

  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • granulated sugar to sweeten blueberries

Butter mixture:

  • 2 sticks (226 g) butter unsalted
  • 3 Tbsp brown rum

Plus, you’ll need:

  • 1 egg beaten, to brush edges of frgál

Instructions

  • Sift flour into a mixing bowl, and make a little well in the middle. Pour ⅔ of the warm milk, a spoon of sugar, and yeast in it. Mix the middle with a fork, add some flour from the sides. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise for 30 minutes in a warm place.
  • Melt the butter in a small pot, add it to a bowl with flour and yeast (the butter must be warm, not hot!).
  • Add the rest of the lukewarm milk, sugar, a pinch of salt, and grated lemon zest.
  • First, mix the dough with a fork, then knead with your hands or in a kitchen robot for about 10 minutes. The dough will be non-sticky and smooth. Add some flour if the dough is too sticky while kneading.
  • Split the finished dough into two buns, cover with a clean towel and let it rise for 1,5 hours in a warm place.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the streusel – mix the sugar, flour, and butter and form the streusel using your fingers.
  • Place the leavened bun on baking paper and roll it out into a circle about 12 inches (30 cm) in diameter. If the dough sticks, you can sprinkle the baking paper with a little flour.
  • Around the edges, make a rim and roll it in. You’ll need about ½-1 inch (1-2.5 cm) of dough for the rim.
  • Brush the edge of the dough with a beaten egg.
  • Place blueberries evenly on the dough, sweeten them with sugar to your liking. How much sugar you pour over bases on the sourness of blueberries.
  • Sprinkle with streusel liberally and let the frgál rise for 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the frgál using baking paper carefully on the baking tray and bake it in the preheated oven to 340 °C (170 °C) for 20 minutes.
  • Melt the butter for final splashing in a pot and mix it with rum.
  • Once you take the frgál out of the oven, splash its surface with the butter & rum mixture.
  • Bake the 2nd frgál as described above.

Notes

  1. Th
  2. e edge of the frgál is finished before the center is done. That’s because a layer of streusel and filling covers the center, and it takes longer for it to get baked. Take care, so the rims aren’t golden brown, but the center is still raw. Hold on baking the frgál for 20 minutes.However, if you notice the edges browning too quickly, loosely cover the frgál with aluminum foil.
  3. The recipe makes 2 frgály in size 12 inches, please remember to divide the streusel/filling/splashing in two while making frgály (I mean not to splash 1 frgál with all butter&rum mixture).