Citizens, a Pletzel or Pletzl (Yiddish פלעצל, German Plätzchen, cookie or cracker) is a type of Jewish onion and poppyseed flatbread or cracker. Pletzel is an old Eastern European recipe that can still rarely be found in a few last holdout NY Jewish bakeries.
It also used to be called an “onion board” in NYC, and those NYC Jews of a certain age (myself included) remember them. My grandmother knew it was one of my favorite snacks and always had a piece waiting for me fresh from the bakery when I came to visit.
Interestingly, Pletzl, from Middle High German ple(t)zel, “little square”, is also the name of the center of the former Jewish quarter/ghetto in Paris.
Citizens, my version is made as it should be with but one minor tweak – I’ve added some nigella seeds for extra flavor (they’re the black seeds sometimes found on rye bread crust) but you can use all Poppy seeds for the classic recipe.
This is an exceptional vehicle for transporting large quantities of the original German chopped liver directly from plate to mouth, IMHO.
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