Flammenkuchen is a unique local specialty. Some people say it looks like a pizza. Try it. You will love it!
Flammenkuchen is made out of a very thin bread dough. The traditional topping is a mixture of sour cream and creme fraiche, onions and bacon, and spiced with salt and pepper. It is quickly baked in a very hot wood-fired oven and it is normal that it has burned crust at the edges.
This ‘pizza’ is a specialty you can only get in the Black Forest and the neighboring region of Alsace. On the french side of the Rhine river, the Alsace, it’s called tarte flambe, which translates into “cake baked in the flames”. On the German side its called Flammenkuchen or Flammkuchen, meaning “Flame Cake”.
Flammenkuchen has become so popular over the last few years that you can now actually buy it deep frozen in most parts of Germany. Of course it tastes very different fresh out of the oven. So if you happen to visit the Black Forest and want to get a taste of Flammenkuchen, join us on a Straussen Tour. We’ll make sure to visit a Straussen which serves hot Flammenkuchen right out of the oven.
These days you can find Flammenkuchen with all kinds of toppings. Some restaurants add mushrooms, many add cheese. For dessert you can get a Flammenkuchen with apples, cinnamon and calvados and the alcohol set on fire right at your table.
But beware – if you happen to live in the US, Flammenkuchen is sold at Trader Joe’s. This is NOT what Flammenkuchen is supposed to taste like.