Flammkuchen (Tarte Flambée) is an Alsatian dish composed of bread dough rolled out very thin in the shape of a rectangle (traditionally) or circle, which is covered with fromage blanc or crème fraîche, thinly sliced onions and lardons. It is one of the most famous gastronomical specialties of the region.
Legend says that the “creators” of this dish were Alemannic German-speaking farmers from Alsace, Baden or the Palatinate who used to bake bread once a week or every other week. In fact, the tarte flambée was originally a homemade dish which did not make its urban debut until the “pizza craze” of the 1960s. A tarte flambée would be used to test the heat of their wood-fired ovens. At the peak of its temperature, the oven would also have the ideal conditions in which to bake a tarte flambée. The embers would be pushed aside to make room for the tarte in the middle of the oven, and the intense heat would be able to bake it in 1 or 2 minutes. The crust that forms the border of the tarte flambée would be nearly burned by the flames. The result resembles a thin pizza.
The standard variations are:
- Gratinée : with added gruyère cheese;
- Forestière : with added mushrooms;
- Munster : with added munster cheese;
- Sweet : dessert version with apples, cinammon, and flambéed with Calvados
You have to try this delicious dish in our Restaurant on your next visit. You will not be disappointed.