Flammkuchen

the german answer to pizza

Flammkuchen

Flammkuchen (pie baked in flames) is an Alsatian and south German dish consisting out of very thin rolled out bread dough covered in crème fraîche and originally topped with sliced onions and bacon. However in the end it behaves like a pizza and you can put whatever you want on it. With this recipe we want to present you three out of our favorite versions.

Ingredients:

  • 250g of flour
  • 20g fresh yeast
  • 10 tbps of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbps of oil
  • a bit sugar and salt

Preparation:

Heat up the milk together with the yeast until it is dissolved. Mix it with all the other ingredients and knead it until you receive a smooth dough (it should not fell apart or stick to your fingers). If something like this happens add either milk or more flour until it looks like a dough. Cover your bowl with a towel and put it for one hour to the oven at around 50 degree.

As there is not much to do right now you could start to prepare the sauce and your toppings. Ingredients for the sauce:

  • 200g of crème fraiche(alternatively you could use sour cream)
  • 2 garlic gloves, finely chopped
  • the zest of 1 lemon
  • a bit cayenne pepper
  • black pepper and salt

Just put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together.
After that hour take the dough out, knead it again and separate it in two parts. Spread some flour on a plane ground and roll it out as thin as possible (around 3 mm). The original shape should be a triangle but I would suggest something which fits on your tray as I guess you don't own a stone stove. Repeat the process for the second dough. When you're done with that spread the sauce on the dough, make sure that it’s not too much as the cake should become really crunchy afterwards.
Congratulations! You are almost done. Now it’s time for some toppings. As I said you could add now whatever you like to have, to make your choice a little easier we suggest you the following three versions:

  1. Add two sliced pears, as well as 150g gorgonzola cheese and 100g parmesan.
  2. 300g cherry tomatoes, one sliced red onion, mozzarella cheese and garnish with oregano and basil.
  3. 300g of camembert cheese 100g of cranberry jam and a hand full of spring onions.

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees and bake your cake for around 20 minutes.
Bon Appetit!