Poppy seed pretzels

Soft and generously spiced, these poppy seed pretzels are the real deal.

  • 1 hr 40 mins cooking
  • Makes 60 Item
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Poppy seed pretzels
  • 1 2/3 cup (250g) plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) water, approximately
  • 190 gram butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly
  • 3 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Poppy seed pretzels
  • 1
    Sift flour into large bowl. Add juice and enough of the water to form a sticky dough. Knead gently on floured surface about 5 minutes or until smooth. Cover; refrigerate 15 minutes.
  • 2
    Place dough on floured surface, cut a 2cm (¾ inch) deep cross into surface of dough. Pull corners of dough out to form a four-leaf clover shape, about 36cm (14 inch) square.
  • 3
    Shape butter into 12cm (5 inch) square block, place on centre of dough; fold flaps of pastry over each other to encase butter. Roll dough into 20cm x 40cm (8 inch x 16 inch) rectangle; fold over bottom third of dough, fold top third over bottom third. Cover; refrigerate 10 minutes.
  • 4
    Repeat rolling, folding and resting of dough three times, half turning the dough before rolling.
  • 5
    Roll dough into 20cm x 40cm (8 inch x 16 inch) rectangle, fold both ends over to meet in the centre, then fold in half. Cover; refrigerate 10 minutes. Repeat process.
  • 6
    Meanwhile, preheat oven to 220°C/425°F. Oil oven trays.
  • 7
    Roll dough on floured surface until 5mm (¼ inch) thick; brush with a little of the egg, sprinkle with half the poppy seeds, then paprika, pepper and cheese. Cut dough into 60 x 1cm (½ inch) strips about 15cm (6 inches) long. Gently twist strips and loop into pretzel shapes. Brush uncut surfaces with more egg, sprinkle with remaining poppy seeds and salt. Place pretzels about 4cm (1½ inches) apart on oven trays.
  • 8
    Bake pretzels about 10 minutes or until puffed and browned lightly.


Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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