Monday, January 12, 2015

German Flammenkuchen (pizza)

While visiting Germany with friends a few years ago we were fortunate to take part in a village festival where they served this caramelized onion and bacon pizza  
served hot from a wood fired oven. I'd been told it was made with quark but
didn't have any at the time so I used a combination of cream cheese and sour cream.
 Recently my German friend Karin served it to us and she told me she uses sour cream and eggs.
I'll give you both options to try.  Either way it is delicious.
This pizza works well on the BBQ.  Karin has an authentic wood fired oven which she uses to bake them in however we used our wood pellet grill and the results were almost as good.  I used a perforated pizza pan which helped to achieve that crispy crust.
The amounts given make 2 large pizzas

  • 1 recipe pizza dough
    • 3-4 cups flour
    • 1 1/4 cups warm water
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 tablespoon yeast
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large onions peeled and sliced from root to stem
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 - 1 pound bacon, or Schinkenspeck (Proscuitto) cut up and pre-fried
  • Karin's topping:
    • 2 cups sour cream
    • 2 beaten eggs
    • dash each of salt and nutmeg
    • pepper
    • OR
  • Bev's topping:
    • 1 250 mg/ 8 oz.  package cream cheese
    • 3/4 cup sour cream
    • dash each, salt and nutmeg.
  1. For the pizza dough, combine 2 cups flour with remaining dough ingredients and mix well.
  2. Continue adding flour, stirring and kneading until dough is elastic and easily handled.
  3. Let rise until doubled.
  4. Preheat oven or grill to 450º.
  5. Meanwhile, caramelize onions by cooking in oil and butter over medium heat until golden brown.
  6. Divide dough in half and roll each out fairly thin and place on pizza pans. (Or wrap half of dough and freeze for later)
  7. Mix topping ingredients and spread evenly over dough.
  8. Sprinkle generously and evenly with caramelized onions and diced bacon.
  9. Bake in oven or on grill (450ºF) for 10 minutes or until crust is crisp.
  10. Slice and serve.


  1. My mother used to make Flammenkuchen, but it was a sweet version with plums.

    1. I wonder if that was Pflaummen kuchen (Plum cake) It would probably be very good!

  2. My son loves the perogy pizza at Boston Pizza. I am going to guess that this will have a similar taste.

  3. Tasty! My stomach is growling!

  4. That sounds and looks wonderful Bev! I think I would love this.

  5. very informative post for me as I am always looking for new content that can help me and my knowledge grow better.

  6. I made this for my family the other day and we absolutely loved it. It really was so simple to make but so delicious. I baked it on a round metal pizza pan in my oven. I used Karin's topping because I didn't have cream cheese available. Yum!!