My take on a local dish – easy peasy flammkuchen

Flammkucken (as it’s called in Germany) or Tarte Flambée (as it’s known about 20 miles away in Alsace) is one of the most famous gastronomic specialties of this region. Have you heard of it? Probably not. I definitely hadn’t when we moved here over 4  years ago. Basically it’s a crème fraîche pizza with onions and lardons. And sometimes garlic. What’s not to love? It’s quite delicious and one of our Dad’s favourite things to have when he visits. This is my version. It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare. And about 15 minutes to cook.

Ingredients

  • A roll of puff pastry
  • 1 tub of crème fraîche
  • 1 onion sliced very thinly
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • A couple of handfuls of lardons, bacon, ham
  • Lashings of cheddar grated over the top (I used brie as I wanted to use it up)
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (180°C Fan)
  2. Unroll the puff pastry, use the wax paper it’s wrapped in as your baking paper and put straight onto your tray
  3. Score a border about 2 cms wide around the edge with a knife. Blind bake it for 5-7 minutes. When the pastry is golden, remove and push down the inflated centre
  4. Spread the centre area with as much, or as little of the crème fraîche as suits your tastebuds
  5. Liberally scatter the onion, garlic, ham and cheese
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until it looks done

And then you get something delicious looking like this: Flammkuchen Will you try it for yourself? Lucy

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