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Onion Lover’s Twist – Recipe #21 of 52 Pillsbury Grand Prize Recipes in 52 Weeks



Onion Lover’s Twist won the 21st Pillsbury Bake-Off in 1970. Recipe on Pillsbury.com by Nan Robb of Huachucha City, Arizona.


Ok, I confess, I wasn’t very excited to make this recipe. Just because a savory bread recipe isn’t at the top of my list. But I was pleasantly surprised by this bread. It’s really tasty. I think it’s actually one of my favorite recipes so far in this baking project. I served it for a dinner party and it was a huge hit!


Start by combining the flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Mix well.


Then you heat the milk, water and margarine until very warm (about 130°F.). It’s important to use a thermometer for this. The yeast will not work if it gets too hot.


Add the warm liquid and an egg to the flour mixture. Mix at low speed until moistened, then mix on medium for 3 minutes.


Stir in the remaining flour to form a soft dough. Cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and a cloth towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1 hour).


This dough rises very nicely!


Punch down the dough, then roll out on a floured surface to create a 18×12-inch rectangle. Cut in half, crosswise. Cut each rectangle into three 9×4-inch strips.


Mix together the filling ingredients, then spread 2 tablespoons on each rectangle. Fold the dough in half lengthwise and pinch edges together.


Braid three rolls together on a greased cookie sheet, then braid the remaining three.


PInch the ends together. Then cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.


I brushed the dough with egg to give it a little shine and color.


The bread is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The onion filling gives it an extra kick. Great for a dinner party!

Onion Lover


  • Recipe courtesy of Pillsbury®
  • Bread
  • 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose or Unbleached Flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 egg
  • Filling
  • 1/4 cup margarine or butter
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions or 1/4 cup instant minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sesame or poppy seed
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  1. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast; mix well. In small saucepan, heat water, milk and 1/4 cup margarine until very warm (120° to 130°F.). Add warm liquid and egg to flour mixture; blend at low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed.
  2. By hand, stir in remaining 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups flour to form a soft dough. Cover loosely with greased plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place (80 to 85°F.) until light and doubled in size, 45 to 60 minutes.
  3. Grease large cookie sheet. Melt 1/4 cup margarine in small saucepan; stir in all remaining filling ingredients.
  4. Stir down dough to remove all air bubbles. On floured surface, toss dough until no longer sticky. Roll dough into 18x12-inch rectangle. Cut rectangle in half crosswise to make two 12x9-inch rectangles; cut each rectangle into three 9x4-inch strips.
  5. Spread about 2 tablespoons onion mixture over each strip to within 1/2-inch of edges. Bring lengthwise edges of each strip together to enclose filling' pinch edges and ends to seal.
  6. On greased cookie sheet, braid 3 rolls together; pinch ends to seal. Repeat with remaining 3 rolls for second loaf. Cover; let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, 25 to 30 minutes.
  7. Heat oven to 350°F. Uncover dough.* Bake 27 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and loaves sound hollow when lightly tapped. Immediately remove from cookie sheet; cool on wire racks for 1 hour or until completely cooled.
  8. *Note: I brushed the dough with a little bit of egg wash before baking. This is not in the original recipe from Pillsbury. To make an egg wash, crack an egg into a small bowl and beat it a bit. Brush a light coating onto braided loaves of dough right before you put them into the oven. (You will not use all of the egg, so don't put too much. You just want the bread to have a nice shiny color when it's baked.)


4 Responses to Onion Lover’s Twist – Recipe #21 of 52 Pillsbury Grand Prize Recipes in 52 Weeks

  1. ew says:

    Please be sure you edit your directions to include the egg wash!! Besides that….It was delicious!

  2. Lise Ode says:

    Hello, thanks for your comments. This is a Pillsbury recipe, so I couldn’t change it. But I did say that I chose to add the egg wash in the step by step instructions I gave in my post. I’m glad you liked it. This was one of my favorites.

  3. jhow says:

    Wow! This bread was delicious. Your pictures and instructions were helpful and my loaf came out perfect. I’ll be making it again tomorrow, but this time I am going to try making rolls. If they come out half as good as the bread I’ll be thrilled. We used the leftover bread for scrumptious hot ham and cheese sandwiches and my family can’t wait for our next sandwich night with onion bread to enhance the flavor. Again, thanks for posting and inspiring me to try this recipe.

  4. I’m so glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know. It was one of my favorites out of the 52 Pillsbury Grand Prize winning recipes that I made last year in my baking project. 🙂