Flammkuchen

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I am not a huge fan of melted cheese (said no one but Lisa, ever!) so when I tasted a flammkuchen for the first time one late morning at the Old Biscuit Mill in Cape Town, I was stoked – a ‘pizza’ made especially for me. The combination of the salty bacon, the sweet onions and the creamy cream cheese is seriously delicious.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 5–7 minutes

Ingredients

  • Semolina, for rolling
  • ½ quantity Basic Bread Dough
  • 100 g crème fraîche or cream cheese
  • 100 g diced bacon, sautéed
  • 5 spring onions, sliced
  • 100 g Gruyère, grated
  • 1 ml nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 g fresh chives, snipped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220 °C.
  2. Sprinkle a work surface with semolina and roll out the dough into a rough oval shape. Place onto a baking tray.
  3. Spread the dough with the crème fraîche or cream cheese, and then sprinkle evenly with the bacon, spring onions and Gruyère. Dust lightly with the nutmeg.
  4. Bake for 5–7 minutes or until the flammkuchen is bubbling and the crust is golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and season with salt, black pepper and snipped chives. Cut into slices and serve hot.

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