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German Flammkuchen

Traditional German Flammkuchen

Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Keyword flammkuchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Rest Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 2 people


  • rolling pin
  • Large bowl



  • 400 g Flour
  • 200 ml Cold water
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp Salt


  • 300 g Crème fraîche or sour cream with 30% fat
  • 250 g Bacon stripes
  • 2 Onions
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Nutmeg

Vegetarian Toppings

  • 300 g Crème fraîche
  • 2 onions
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 40 g Bergkäse cheese from mountains
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Nutmeg


Prepare the dough

  • In a large bowl mix together flour, cold water, oil and salt. Knead it for about 3-5 minutes. The dough shouldn't be sticky. If it is - add more flour.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough sit for 30 minutes.

Prepare your toppings

  • Peel and cut the onion first lengthwise and then into thin slices. (Flammkuchen will bake only 10 minutes in the oven so make sure that the stripes are thin!)
  • In a small bowl mix Crème fraîche, salt, black pepper and nutmeg. Check if you like it :) Make sure that it's not too salty, there will be bacon on the top of it, after all!
  • Take the bacon stripes out of the fridge. For vegetarian version: wash and cut the bell pepper into the thin stripes.

Make Flammkuchen

  • Preheat the oven to 250°C (480°F).
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for another minute.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and shape into rounds.
  • By using rolling pin roll the dough into a flatter circle. Transform the dough onto a baking sheet and roll it into a thin round.
  • Add and spread the Crème fraîche (2-3 tbsp) into each round, as well as a bit of onion and bacon (or bell pepper and cheese).
  • Bake for 10 minutes until crust on the edges turns golden brown.