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Recipe: Flammkuchen

This recipe for Flammkuchen - a type of German pizza - is sure to make your mouth water. The dish combines a thin, crispy base with crème fraîche, topped with bacon and caramelised onions. See here for a vegetarian alternative.

Flammkuchen with bacon and caramelised onions. Photo: Dominik Schwind, CC BY 2.0

Flammkuchen (via Curious Cuisiniere)

Prep time: 40 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Total time: 55 minutes

Ingredients: For the dough:

  • 500g plain flour

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 500ml water

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the toppings:

  • 500g crème fraîche, or Greek yogurt

  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

  • 100g bacon, diced

  • 2 onions, halved and finely sliced

  • ground black pepper (to top)

  • cornflour (for the pan)


  1. Preheat your oven to 260°c.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, water, and oil. Mix until a dough begins to form, then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it is soft and smooth, 3-5 min. Set the dough aside and cover it with a towel.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together crème fraîche and nutmeg. Set aside.

  4. In a large frying pan, sauté bacon over medium high heat, until it is cooked about halfway to crisp, 2-4 minutes. Remove the bacon (keeping the grease in the pan) to a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside.

  5. Place the sliced onions into the hot bacon grease and sauté over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, 10 min. Remove the pan from the heat.

  6. Roll and stretch the dough out into a rectangle, roughly 30x40 centimetres. Place the dough onto a large baking sheet that has been generously dusted with cornflour.

  7. Spread the crème fraîche mixture over the crust, leaving just a little bare crust border. Distribute the caramelized onions over the crème fraîche, and sprinkle the bacon over the onions. Finish everything off with a dusting of black pepper.

  8. Place the baking sheet with the pizza into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the pizza is crisp and the edges are starting to darken.

  9. Remove from the oven, cut, and serve immediately.


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