Still Life With Wooden Spoon


Behold the Flammkuchen
September 11, 2010, 2:41 pm
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You may have read in one of my previous posts about a rather memorable encounter with Flammkuchen at the Old Biscuit Mill when I was in Cape Town recently. This completely addictive dish involves spreading pizza dough with crème fraiche and then sprinkling with onion, spring onion, smoked ham and a touch of cheese before baking in a blisteringly hot oven. It was possibly a strange choice for Saturday morning breakfast, but it was suitably memorable to bear replication when I returned home to Durban.

So, on my way out of the house to the Avant Gardener’s, with a vague promise of producing dinner for the evening, I remembered some pizza dough that I had made a week or so ago. It is remarkably freezer tolerant, and simply needs to be left out on the counter for an hour or so to be revived for use. A few balls were quickly whisked into a bag, and I was off, with my eyes squarly set on an evening of Flammkuchen. A quick stop off at Woolworths was, however, necessary. Say what you will about dear old WW, where else can one get crème fraiche at 6:30 in the evening?

Once arrived at the AG’s place, we fired up the oven and began the cooking. With the dough rolled out using a bottle of that student favourite, Cheateau Libertas, the crème fraiche and other toppings were liberally applied. I had read online that one could use emmental cheese as a topping in order to complement the sour cream taste, but we opted for plain old mozzarella. It should be noted too that, if cooking this for vegetarians, the ham can be substituted with spinach and/or mushrooms. Not tonight though. It was to be Flammkuchen as the Germans/French/Alsatians intended…

Et voila. With 15 minutes or so at 200 degrees the Flammkuchen emerged from the oven in all their golden glory. With a masterfully prepared side salad, care of the AG, and making use of garden harvested rocket, dinner was served. Delicious.

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Wow! I’ll come to Durban to eat that.
And that’s a threat!

Comment by Bridget McNulty

I’m pretty sure I owe you something at least as delicious as this – possibly even more so…

Comment by chrisreidesq

don’t let her guilt you into anything 😛

Comment by Smile

Ah, sounds delich – I want your pizza dough recipe please Chris?

Comment by Lynette

Hey Lynette, it is totally yummy – I would recommend giving it a go. My pizza recipe is in this post https://slwws.wordpress.com/2010/05/03/home-made-pizza/ – let me know how it turns out if you make it 🙂

Comment by chrisreidesq

Thanks Chris, will def try out and let you know. xL 🙂

Comment by Lynette

looks awesome, i need to make some, maybe even this weekend. we’ve been making pizza at home and the pizza stone makes life super easy for the pizza (and a nice crispy crust too…

Comment by brendan




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