Sunday, April 8, 2012


I recently read this NY Times article about a German deli/cafe opening up two locations in lower Manhattan.  Then a Gothamist article highlighted their Flammkuchen (which they oddly translate into "Flaming Pie."  I think Flame cake is probably the better translation)  Evidently, they used to be baked within stone hearths.  Blokey and I had the pleasure of eating too much Flammkuchen on our trip to Germany two years ago, during a short Rhine Valley wine tour.  So of course, I became obsessed with making some Flammkuchen ourselves.  (Training up into Manhattan to wait in line is not my idea of a fun Saturday evening).
I found a few recipes online but they mostly require some pork product.  (I had my Flammkuchen with Speck, which is a German ham).  Since Blokey is veggie, we relied on mushrooms, black olives, and red onions to do the trick.  I think I may have a new favorite.  They're not greasy, so I can see making a few of these in advance as casual food to bring to a party.


2 c. of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c. of white flour
2 1/4 teas of instant yeast* (one package)
1 1/2 c. of water
2 Tbs of olive oil
1 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Mix everything together and knead for about 6 minutes.  Cover with a wet tea towel.  Set aside for 30 minutes (FK typically has a crispy, not fluffy crust).

-1/2 of creme fraise (which we didn't have.  I mixed together sour cream and lowfat plain yogurt. I've read that whipping cream plus 2 tbs of buttermilk mixed in the night before is a DIY creme fraise).
- 2 - 8 oz containers of cremini mushrooms (or your favorite), cleaned and sliced
1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced
6 oz. (usually a standard can) of black olives, drained and thinly sliced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
6 oz. of mild white cheese (usually a Swiss is good) grated
olive oil
flour for rolling
parchment paper

Pre-heat the oven as high as it goes (mine is about 550' F)
You can skip this first step, but I like to to saute the 'shrooms with olive oil and garlic prior to everything else.
Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces.  Using the flour, roll out into thin, long crusts (thinner than most thin crust pizzas.  Not quite a cracker).  Place one crust on the parchment paper.
Spread the creme fraise onto the crust.  Arrange 1/4 of the mushrooms, olives, and onions on top.  Sprinkle small handful of the cheese sparingly (this is no NY slice!) over the toppings.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and browned.
Serve with a green salad.  (If you're in the party spirit- some Rhine valley wine!) The onions add a really nice crunch and sweetness, so please don't leave them out (even Blokey, who doesn't like to eat onions, agreed that they made the Flammkuchen even more).


Anne said...

Yay food post! This looks yummy and relatively easy. Can't wait for some Rad cooking this weekend! :)

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