Hip recipes: Tarte Flambée

Who would have thought that a pizza could be a classy dish? Apparently the French of the Alsace region have acknowledged its potential and came up with a light and sophisticated pizza alternative. The tarte flambée dough is exceptionally thin and the toppings are used in moderation. The name of the dish could be translated to a “flame cake”, which originated from the way it used to be baked using a wood-fire oven.

Ingredients:

Pizza dough:

200-250 ml lukewarm water

450g flour

3/4 ts salt

1/2 ts dry yeast

 

Topping:

2 tbs butter

4 medium sized onions, chopped into thin rings

400ml thick 30% fat créme fraîche

salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste

250g cheese of choice

a few chorizo slices

1 large tomato

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Preparation:

Pizza dough:

Knead the dough for 10 min until smooth. Let the yeast do its job for 30 mins by placing the dough in a greased bowl. If you make the dough a day earlier make sure to keep it in the fridge and take it out 1,5h before use.

Topping:

The typical tarte flambée sauce is made from a mixture of créme fraîche, salt, pepper and nutmeg, later covered with a layer of onions. Prepare the onions by frying them for a short while just until soft. The amount of the spices in the sauce is a matter of personal taste, therefore make sure to try out different quantities. I topped my tarte flambée with goat cheese, tomato slices and chorizo but feel free to use your favourite ingredients, just remember to keep it light!

Divide the dough into 3 pieces and roll them out until very thin and rectangular. Place on a baking tray, cover with the prepared sauce and your toppings of choice. Bake for 6-12 min in an oven previously preheated to  260ºC – 280ºC. It is ready as soon as the crust is golden brown.

Bon appetit!

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  1. I haven’t had breakfast (or lunch) yet and this is the first thing I see on my feed.

    I. am. salivating. This looks so delicious!

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