Flammkuchen Recipe (Alsatian / German Flatbread)

 

My friend Felix from Munich frequently impresses guests with his delicious Flammkuchen, a type of German flatbread with a delicious sour cream, bacon and onion topping. He provided all his Flammkuchen baking insight to me yesterday, so what better way to finish a long week than unwinding with a freshly baked Flammkuchen and a nice glass of Austrian Weißburgunder, watching a movie on the couch wrapped in a cosy blanket. Here is his Flammkuchen recipe for all of you to enjoy!

Flammkuchen
A very tasty freshly baked Flammkuchen

What is Flammkuchen?

Flammkuchen (or Tarte Flambée in French) is an Alsatian dish – it’s easy to make and you’ll only need a few ingredients. The traditional Flammkuchen toppings are sour cream (Felix recommends crème fraiche as it’s thicker), onions and bacon. I’m planning to experiment with different toppings, but to start with, I go all traditional on this recipe.

Flammkuchen recipe

Before I jump into the Flammkuchen recipe instructions, a few additional notes on what Flammkuchen is and what it’s not.

Flammkuchen is often referred to as ‘German pizza’, so I just wanted to set the record straight on this one.

Flammkuchen and pizza use the same base dough. The key difference is that Flammkuchen uses a base of sour cream or crème fraiche while pizza comes with tomato sauce. Flammkuchen is also not to be confused with white pizza which is pizza with a cheese base. Cheese is not traditionally used as a topping for Flammkuchen and the bread dough crust is generally thinner when compared to pizza. And… the Flammkuchen shape is usually rectangular or oval rather than round as it is for pizza.

Flammkuchen Tarte Flambee
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Flammkuchen Recipe

This delicious Flammkuchen recipe is easy to prepare and rewards your work with delicious flavours. The quantities below are for 4 portions.

Ingredients

Flammkuchen dough recipe

  • 500 g flour I used 400g strong white flour and 100g wholemeal flour; however if you can get your hands on strong 00 flour this will work even better
  • 7 salt
  • 7 dried yeast
  • 320 g warm water
  • A little olive oil

Flammkuchen sauce and toppings

  • 12  strips of bacon cut into small squares or cubes
  • 2 onions finely sliced into rings
  • 250 g crème fraiche or sour cream
  • 230 g natural Greek Yoghurt
  • tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh thyme optional

Instructions

How to make Flammkuchen

  1. Combine all dough ingredients in a large bowl to form a rough dough.
  2. Knead the dough for 10 minutes until you have a smooth, elastic, stretchy and velvety dough.
  3. Place the dough back into your bowl and cover with a lid.
  4. Leave to rest for 2 - 4 hours at room temperature (or overnight in the fridge).
  5. Preheat the oven and a baking tray to 250°C (the highest temperature possible) 30 minutes before the bake. If you have a pizza stone, preheat the oven and the pizza stone 1 hour before.
  6. Divide the dough into 4 parts (8 parts for smaller sized Flammkuchen). I use a dough scraper to do this.
  7. Shape each part into a ball and leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  8. Combine the crème fraiche and yoghurt in a small bowl, add the nutmeg, salt and pepper and mix well.
  9. Roll out the dough pieces (2-3 mm) and transfer to baking sheets.
  10. Leave to rest for 15 minutes.
  11. Fry the bacon strips briefly until almost cooked, don't let them get crispy.
  12. Fry the onion rings in the same pan until slightly browned.
  13. If you are making all 4 Flammkuchen but baking only one at a time, don't add the topping to all of them at once. One by one works better as the topping doesn't melt into the dough that way.
  14. Evenly and generously spread the cream mixture onto the dough (you want a really thick coating in order for the finished product not to be too dry), leave a small border around the edge (this will turn golden-brown and crispy).
  15. Scatter the onion rings and bacon on top and sprinkle with thyme.
  16. Bake for about 12 minutes or until the edges are nicely browned and the bottom is crisp.
  17. Serve immediately.
German Flammkuchen recipe using onions, sour cream, bacon
Flammkuchen with delightfully crisp onion rings

If you have leftover dough, you can refrigerate this in cling film and bake more Flammkuchen the next day.

If baking the next day is not an option, you can freeze it too. Roll out the dough into a base and par-bake (for about 3 mins). It needs to be fully cooled before you freeze it. When you feel like a cheeky Flammkuchen, simply take out the base, add the topping and bake again.

Hope you enjoy this Flammkuchen recipe as much as I do, it’s perfect for a night in!

Cheese and rosemary scones recipe

 

While visiting my parents-in-law this weekend, I decided to bake a big batch of cheese and rosemary scones for our afternoon tea. This recipe makes it easy to have a delicious snack ready within the hour.

Cheese and rosemary scones
Cheese and rosemary scones

Cheddar cheese, rosemary and onion scones recipe

These scones are delicious and it’s easy to adapt the recipe. Add six slices of rashers when you make the onion and rosemary mixture and you have a delicious variation of the recipe: bacon and cheese scones.

Cheddar rosemary scones
Cheddar rosemary scones

Cheese and rosemary scones
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Cheese & Rosemary Scones

Quick and easy to prepare, these scones will be a real treat for your taste buds.

Ingredients

Ingredients for 12 cheese & rosemary scones

  • A glug of olive oil
  • 2 onions finely chopped
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 500 g plain flour you can replace up to 1/3 with wholemeal flour if you like
  • 6 tsp baking powder (level tsp)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly milled black pepper
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • ½ tsp  cayenne pepper
  • 100 g cold butter cubed
  • 150 g mature cheddar cheese cut into small cubes
  • 275 g milk
  • 75 g natural yoghurt

For the topping

  • A little bit of extra milk for brushing
  • 50 g mature cheddar grated to spread on top

Instructions

How to make cheese and rosemary scones

  1. As always it’s best to get all the ingredients ready and chopped before you start. Luckily, I had some family assistance (chopping by my husband, entertainment by my mother-in-law) today and everything was done in no time.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the chopped onions gently for about 10 minutes. Stir in the rosemary and set aside to cool.
  4. While the onions are frying, sieve the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the salt, pepper, mustard powder and cayenne pepper and whisk to combine.
  5. Add the butter cubes and rub them in with your fingers until your ingredients have a breadcrumb-like consistency, then add the cheese and onion-rosemary mixture and stir until evenly distributed.
  6. In a separate bowl, combine the milk and yoghurt and whisk briefly.
  7. Add the milk and yoghurt mixture to the dry ingredients to form the dough. It doesn't need to be worked too much. In fact, try to work it as little as possible.
  8. Lightly flour your worktop, turn out the dough and carefully flatten to about 3cm without kneading it. Lightly flour the dough surface before continuing.

  9. Use a round cookie cutter or glass with floured rim to cut the scones into round shapes. You'll need to put the dough pieces together a few times until you have no dough leftover.
  10. Put the scones onto the baking tray, brush with a little milk and spread some grated cheddar on top. Make sure you leave some space between the scones as they will expand during the bake.

  11. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.

  12. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Eat the cheddar and rosemary scones while warm and fresh. Once cooled you can store them in a plastic container for about two days. Just heat them through in the oven for a few minutes and they are as good as new. Scones are great for freezing too.

    This is an adaptation of a Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall recipe.

    Ellie enjoying one of my cheese and onion scones
    We – and the lovely Ellie who called in for a visit with daddy Noel – enjoyed the scones a lot!