I’ve been living in Germany for over two years now and I’ve realised that SInglemade doesn’t have a single German recipe on it. I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of German cuisine. Very greasy, lots of sauce, potatoes galore… No, I’ll pass on German currywurst, schnitzels and klösse. But there are a few things I do like and one of them’s Flammkuchen. Coincidentally, they’re a lot like pizza, which probably explains why I like them. It’s basically pizza with crème fraîche instead of tomato sauce.
One of Flammkuchen’s biggest charms is their simplicity. Some onion and bacon, 15 minutes in the oven and done. Of course you can go all out with toppings, but Singlemade wouldn’t be Singlemade of I wouldn’t present you with the easiest version.
And is it fit for a single? Well, when my husband’s home alone, he often makes Flammkuchen for himself. He then sends me pictures of his meal over WhatsApp. When I come home a couple of hours later to a house that smells like Flammkuchen but where there’s no slice of it left, it tends to cause some domestic disagreement…:-p
Roll out the dough on an oven tray and spread crème fraîche over it, using the convex backside of a table spoon for an even spread.
Peel an onion, cut it in half and into crescents, spread them over the crème fraîche.
Spread the bacon bits among the onion.
Bake the Flammkuchen in the oven for 15 minutes until the crust turns golden brown.
Take it out and, if you like, sprinkle some diced chives or parsley on top. Cut into large, square slices and serve immediately.
*You can’t compare Flammkuchen dough to readymade pizza dough because it’s much thinner. If you can’t find Flammkuchen dough, go for puff pastry dough. They’re of course very different, but they have the same baking time and it’ll taste awesome as well.
Tip: Like cheese? Add some grated cheese on top or use hearty gorgonzola!
Tip: More veggies? Mushrooms or leek work great on Flammkuchen. Fry them briefly in a pan until al dente, spread them on top of the Flammkuchen and then bake it for 15 minutes in the oven.
About the servings: Normally 1 Flammkuchen dough serves 2 persons, with a side salad. But big eaters, like my better half, can manage an entire dough by themselves! 😉
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My husband’s a Flammkuchen pro by now, and if he can do it, anyone can! :-p
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