Flammkuchen (Tarte Flambee)


Flammkuchen, or tarte flambée, is a pizza-like flatbread topped with cream, onions, and bacon. It originated in the French region of Alsace but it is also popular all over Germany. Like other onion pies, Flammkuchen is mostly eaten in autumn, served with a glass of new white wine.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
4 servings



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

  • 1 cup lukewarm water

  • 1 pinch white sugar

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 6 ounces bacon strips, diced

  • 3 onions, cut in half and thinly sliced

  • ¾ cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

  • ¾ cup sour cream

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley


  1. Place 3 cups plus 3 tablespoons of flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Add yeast, 3 to 4 tablespoons of the lukewarm water, and sugar into the well and stir in a small amount of flour from the sides. Set aside until mixture is frothy, about 10 minutes.

  2. Pour in remaining water and olive oil. Mix with a wooden spoon until everything is well combined. Add 1 teaspoon salt and knead vigorously with your hands until dough holds together as a ball.

  3. Loosely cover dough with a clean dish towel and let rise in a warm, dry place until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes.

  4. Prepare the topping while dough rises. Stir 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of heavy cream and sour cream in a bowl until smooth; season with salt, pepper, and parsley.

  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

  6. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll out 2 pieces as thinly as possible into long rectangles on a large piece of parchment, so both will fit on one baking sheet. Fold the sides of the dough pieces to form a 1/4-inch edge all around. Spread cream topping evenly across the dough and top each dough piece with 1/4 of the bacon and the onion rings. Transfer the 2 flammkuchen with the parchment paper onto a baking sheet.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes. Repeat with the other 2 dough pieces.

Cook's Note:

It is important to slice the onions very thin since the baking time is quite short. If you cut them too thick, the onions will be undercooked.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

995 Calories
59g Fat
97g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 995
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 59g 76%
Saturated Fat 26g 128%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 1282mg 56%
Total Carbohydrate 97g 35%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 15mg 74%
Calcium 148mg 11%
Iron 6mg 32%
Potassium 593mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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