Flammkuchen elsässisch


Ich bin manchmal etwas begriffstutzig, speziell wenn es um Teig geht. Es ist nicht mein großes Thema, obwohl ich natürlich weiß, daß es die Palette an Speisen stark erweitern kann.

Aber über die Jahre hab ich mir immer wieder einen speziellen Teig vorgenommen und meistens festgestellt, daß es doch nicht so schwer war.

Nachdem vor ein paar Wochen ein „Flammkuchen“ mit Hefeteig sehr pizzamäßig daherkam, wollte ich es zumindest noch einmal versuchen. Auf youtube fand ich einen Beitrag von einem der Köche des „Kochduells“ (lang, lang ist’s her 🙂 ) , Carsten Dohrs. Der hat das richtig gut erklärt. Dazu kam, daß seine Mengenangaben mit denen zweier anderer Rezepte übereinstimmte. Immer ein gutes Zeichen.

Lange Rede, kurzer Sinn: Der Teig kam sehr schnell zusammen, die Kniffe von Herrn Dohrs halfen, und in 20 Minuten (ohne Ruhezeit) konnte ich den Teig belegen.

Der Flammkuchen schmeckte, wie ich ihn aus dem Elsaß kenne. Ich bin sehr zufrieden!

Der Teig:

250g Mehl

125 g Wasser

2-3 El Öl

1 Tl Salz

In einer Küchenmaschine kneten, bis der Teig eine Kugel bildet. In Folie einschlagen, eine halbe Stunde im Kühlschrank ruhen lassen. Mit etwas Mehl verkneten und mit dem Handballen durchwalken. Man merkt, wenn der Teig sich anfängt zu entspannen. Dann ausrollen und belegen.

Der Teig reicht für zwei normalgroße Pizzableche.

Für den Belag nahm ich 4 kleinere rote Zwiebel, 60 g Speckstreifen und 100 g Creme Fraiche.

 

Sometimes I’m a little slow when it comes to dough. Its not my favourite subject, even though I realize it could expand my palette of foods. But, I’ve experimented with different doughs through the years to find out they weren’t that hard to make after all.

After having attempted to make a „Flammkuchen“, an Alsatian specialty using a yeasty pizza-dough, which was less than satisfying, I at least wanted to give it another try. This time I googled a few recipes without yeast, found a few I trusted, and watched a youtube video featuring a cook I remember from a German cooking show from ages ago. But the video was great!

The dough consisted of:

250g flour

125 g water

2-3 Tbs oil

1 Tsp salt

Use a mixer with a kneading hook and knead until the dough forms a ball. Wrap in foil and let rest in the fridge for half an hour. Before you roll the dough, knead it with the back of your hand, using a little bit of flour to adjust the moisture. You will feel the dough relaxing after a few minutes and can start rolling it. The traditional shape is a longish rectangle, but I had nothing to bake it in, so I used my pizza pan.

The classic „Flammkuchen“ (which means flame-cake in German) uses Creme fraiche or heavy sour cream as the topping, spread generously, followed by onion rings or red onion rings and finished with  fatter bacon bits. These are not the skinny kind and you might have to find a larger piece to cut them from. They are still juicy when you bite into them with just a little bit of crispness. In earlier times, „Flammkuchen“ was used as a means to test a baker’s oven to see if the temperature was right for baking bread. The crust of the flammkuchen was so thin you could see within 3-4 minutes how hot the oven was. Hence the name.

It is a rich affair, but very delicious! Variations include a fig slice, goat cheese and rocket concoction that is good (add the rocket after it comes out of the oven and watch it wilt), as well as a dessert variant with cinnamon sugar, but most afficionados would warn not to overload it with too many ingredients. In this case, less is more 🙂

 

Flammkuchen echt 1

 

Flammkuchen echt 3

 

Flammkuchen echt 4

Blueberry Muffins


This is a quick recipe from „The Joy of Cooking“, one of the most influential books on cooking in the United States. The book has a recipe for everything you can imagine to make and recipes are tried and true. Not that this would be difficult in the case of making muffins.

 

Das hier ist ein schnelles Rezept aus dem „Joy of Cooking“. Das Buch gilt als DAS Kochbuch in Amerika und hat wirklich für jeden Umstand ein Rezept. Man kann davon ausgehen, daß Rezepte, die hier drin stehen, auch funktionieren. Nicht, daß es bei Muffins schwierig wäre.

1 3/4 Cups Mehl/ Flour

3/4 Tl Salz7 Salt

1/3 Cup Zucker/Sugar

2 TL Backpulver (1 Tütchen)/Baking Powder

in einer zweiten Schüssel zwei Eier verkleppern/ In a seperate bowl beat 2 eggs

1/4 Cup geschmolzene Butter dazugeben/ Add 1/4 Cup of melted butter

3/4 Cup Milch/3/4 Cup milk

Combine wet and dry ingredients swiftly, do not overstir.

Add a cup or more of blueberries. I had fresh handpicked blueberries from the forest, which are smaller and darker than cultivated blueberries.

Pour into a greased muffin pan and bake at 450 F for 20-25 minutes.

Shown here with a dab of butter for breakfast 🙂

 

Die nassen mit den trockenen Zutaten zügig verrühren. Der Teig soll nicht zu glatt sein, sonst werden die Muffins ledrig.

1 Cup oder mehr Heidelbeeren dazugeben. Ich hatte 250 g Waldheidelbeeren, die viel kleiner und dunkler als die Kulturheidelbeeren sind.

In eine gebutterte Muffinform giessen bis zu 2/3 der Gesamthöhe, backen bei 195 C für 20-25 Minuten.

Hier gezeigt mit einer Butterflocke beim Frühstück 🙂

 

Blueberry Muffins Butter 1

 

Blueberry Muffins Butter 2

Fried green tomatoes


When I was a teenager, one of the defining books in the kitchen was ‚The Joy of Cooking‘ by Irma Rombauer.

It proved to be a treasure trove of dependable recipes covering just about anything in the kitchen.

I baked more in those days, but skimming through the book I would sometimes be intrigued with recipes I stumbled over.

One such recipe was one for fried green tomatoes, a southern recipe, as I learned from the book.

I thought it was a clever way to use a vegetable that wasn’t going to ripen to its red state anymore and having some at the time, I tried it. Turns out the cooking process softens the tomato, making it palatable, while the tang of the tomato combined with the crunch of the breading makes a very delectable dish.

I only tried it once and was reminded of it when I saw some green tomatoes on the market the other day.

These days its quicker to google things, so I looked up a dozen or so recipes before making them like this.

All the recipes were similar, so take your pick of any you can find out there.

A few green tomatoes, sliced 3/4″ thick

flour

corn meal

1 egg

salt, pepper

chili powder

combine flour and corn meal, about 1:1

dredge both sides in flour

beat egg

coat tomatoes with egg

dredge through flour/meal mix

coat with egg/dredge through flour again

fry over low heat prick for softness

I decided on a little homemade mayonnaise/aioli to accompany the tomatoes.

For this I slowly  added oil to an egg yolk I was beating until it emulsified.

My mayo had a few drops of lemon juice, a pinch of cayenne, garlic and some parsley in it.

Ms. B really liked the tomatoes and had the leftovers the next day.