Grandma Eva's Onion Board (pletzel)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

An old Eastern European recipe that can sometimes be found in NY bakeries. This is my grandmother's recipe where my sister painstakingly forced my grandmother to place her handfuls of flour into measuring cups for proper measurements. The recipe is exactly as she made it and far better then any I've had from a bakery shelf. Note: Preparation time doesn't include 1 hour and 15 minutes for rising this yeast dough.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Make a paste with 1/2 cup warm water and yeast and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Place yeast mixture into 4 cup of flour in a large bowl and mix together.
  3. In a separate bowl mix sugar, oil, additional 1 cup of warm water, 1 cup of flour, and 3/4s of the beaten eggs (reserving 1/4 of them for glazing the top of the pletzel).
  4. Add the sugar/oil/flour/egg mixture to the flour/yeast mixture and mix together with hands (great tools!).
  5. Place on floured surface and knead slightly until dough comes together.
  6. Place in clean oiled bowl, covered with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place for 1 hour.
  7. Punch down and knead again, place back in bowl and allow to rise for 15 minutes.
  8. Grease two sheet pans (cookie sheets with raised sides or jelly roll pans).
  9. Cut dough in half and pat each 1/2 into a sheet pan with the dough slightly raised around the sides.
  10. Brush each with remaining egg, sprinkle each with half of the sauteed onions with the olive oil remaining (patting into the dough), and sprinkle each with half of the poppy seeds.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40-45 minutes until golden brown.
  12. Can be served immediately as is or with butter and salt.


Most Helpful

This is so authentic I want to cry. My dad would always bring home pletzel on Saturday night from the bagel store along with the Sunday morning paper, and this is exactly how I remember it, and that's 40 years ago. I just made it and it came out perfect. Edges browned nicely and the onion and poppy seeds were delicious. The dough was really easy to make and I put in on greased parchment and rolled it to the edges of the cookie sheet with a small rolling pin. Made 2 perfect pletzels. I will definitely make it again. Thank you Grandma Eva.

amsterl56 September 05, 2015

My brother pleaded with me to find a recipe for Pletzel. This is the one I chose to make. It's marvelous! It wasn't difficult to make (remember to make sure the water is hot enough to get the yeast working before adding the cold ingredients). I did add a little bit more flour and I did take the ball out of the food processor and put it into a bowl on the counter (it was fun to watch it rise) while I made the topping. I highly recommend this recipe!

tinasue1379 December 28, 2014

While looking for interesting bread alternatives, I found this recipe by accident, and it is really delicious. It's kind of like a focaccia, but with a twist. I followed the directions exactly and just added a little extra flour while kneading. This is an extremely simple recipe and is sooooo yummy warm out of the oven! Try it, you'll like it.

Creme de la Creme February 12, 2005

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