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German recipes: Flammkuchen (Bacon and Onion Flan)

Very large piece of Flammkuchen on a wooden boardI learnt this recipe from my Oma, who made this regularly for a light dinner. Except Oma called it Pizza and we referred to it as “Oma’s pizza”.
Knowing that this isn’t what it’s called, I did a bit of research and found its proper name. I also discovered that there are many different versions to the Flammkuchen and the Belgians also have a version. Below is what we had, but I’ve included a variation at the bottom. Let me know if you have another version on our contact page.

This is a family recipe so please give credit where credit is due:


  • 250 gr plain flour
  • 50 gr unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 sachet (7 gr) dry yeast
  • 125 ml lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 200 gr cubed ham
  • 4 slices bacon, cubed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons single cream
  • grated cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon carraway seeds
  • olive oil


To make the dough, sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Add the butter and salt and work the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingers. Pour the yeast to a small bowl and add a small amount of lukewarm water to mix the yeast and then add to the large bowl. Slowly add the milk to the mixture, while mixing with your hands or wooden spoon. You may not need all the milk. Knead until your hands are clean. Cover with oiled clingfilm / clean towel and leave to rise in a warm place for about an hour, or until it has doubled in size.
In a large frypan, fry the onions with a good amount of olive oil. Once the onions are see through (approx 5 minutes), remove from the pan and fry the bacon for a couple of minutes until cooked.
Pre heat the oven to 180 C / 350 F.
In a large greased baking tray / dish that is about 20 x 30cm, press the dough so that it covers the bottom. Shouldn’t be more than 1/2 cm thick. Poke the dough with a fork.
Next, sprinkle over the ingredients in the following order: onions, egg, ham and bacon, carraway seeds, cream and enough grated cheese to cover the top. Drizzle over a little extra olive oil.
Bake the Flammkuchen / Bacon flan in the preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes. Serve with salad. Enjoy!

[box title=”Variation” style=”soft” box_color=”#6D6E72″]Same dough, but the topping consists of 80 gr butter, 2 egg yolks, 200 gr sour cream, 150 gr bacon, 100 gr onion and 1/2 tablespoon carraway seeds[/box]

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2 Responses

  1. Miri says:

    Hi I really have enjoyed your site. I do have a question,what is single cream? Is it half and half cream? Thank you

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