Jewish Pletzel with Caramelized Onions & Poppy seedsIt’s time for this month’s Bread Bakers and our lovely host Wendy who blogs at ‘A Day in the Life on the Farm‘ asked us to bake an International bread. So we had choose a country (preferably not our own country) and bake a bread from there. I made this delectable Pletzel from Poland (actually from Bialystok — largest city in northeastern Poland).

A Pletzel is like a cheese less pizza — it is a flatbread topped with caramelized onions. I cannot say no to any dish that says caramelized onions and pizza. These are basically larger version of these bialys that I made few months ago.Jewish Pletzel with Caramelized Onions & Poppy seedsMy kids loved this pletzel. It is great to serve as an appetizer or as a snack. It is best to serve this flatbread hot from the oven or warm. I think a tiny bit of cheese on top would be not be too out of place 🙂

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Pletzel - Onion & Poppyseed Flatbread Yum
A Pletzel is like a cheese less pizza -- it is a flatbread topped with caramelized onions. Great to serve as an appetizer or snack.
Pletzel - Onion & Poppyseed Flatbread
Course breads
Cuisine european, jewish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
People
Ingredients
For the Dough:
  • 3~4 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp Instant Yeast
  • 2 tbsp Egg Replacer whisked in 6tbsp Water (or use 2 eggs)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • ¾~1 cups Lukewarm Water
For Caramelized Onions:
  • 2 Large Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
Course breads
Cuisine european, jewish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
People
Ingredients
For the Dough:
  • 3~4 cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp Instant Yeast
  • 2 tbsp Egg Replacer whisked in 6tbsp Water (or use 2 eggs)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • ¾~1 cups Lukewarm Water
For Caramelized Onions:
  • 2 Large Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
Pletzel - Onion & Poppyseed Flatbread
Instructions
Make the Dough:
  1. Combine all the Ingredients for the dough in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, Mix and knead until a soft, pliable dough forms -- takes about 7~8 minutes on the machine and 10~12 minutes by hand.
  2. Transfer the dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover and set aside for 2 hours.
Make Caramelized Onions:
  1. While the dough is rising, heat 2~3tbsp olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions start to sizzle, about 3 minutes. Turn the heat to low and cook till the onions are caramelized and turn golden. Turn off the heat and keep them ready.
Make Pletzels:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F at least 20 minutes before you start baking. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. Lightly flour the work surface and roll each piece into a large rectangle, about 7"x10".
  3. Put 2 pieces of dough on 1 baking sheet and the third one on the other baking sheet.
  4. Top the dough with the caramelized onions, poppy seeds and salt. Bake for 20~25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve hot or warm.
Recipe Notes
  • Substitute some of the all purpose flour with wholewheat flour.
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21 thoughts on “Pletzel – Onion & Poppyseed Flatbread for #BreadBakers”

  1. Its so good to catch up with your cooking Pavani, this is so new for me..I was expecting something else when I read pletzel..:)..I am not sure how many I will bookmark from you..:)

  2. Hi Pavani. I’ve never heard of Pletzel. But it looks so good. I love those poppyseeds on the top. I bet they add the perfect little crunch with the sweet caramelized onions.

  3. Hi Pavani,

    Something new. How about adding olives and dried tomatoes in the topping. I will bake this with Mushroom soup. I am sure my family will like it. My husband is a bigtime flat bread lover.

    Sonia

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