Today marks the day I’m no longer Flammkuchen virgin. I’ve never heard about it actually until one day H requested for it. Talk about Jacques Lacant’s le desir de l’autre. The father of French Psychoanalysis says that the desire of others would give shape, substance and value to my still-unformed self. Well, in this case it is true.
Flammkuchen is basically a cream cheese based pizza, typically made with onions and lardons. But when I saw the color contrast of shallots, pancetta and chives over at Delicious Days, I can’t think of anything else. It must be this one. I made my pizza dough using my reliable thin pizza recipe.
It was soooo good that H says he wants it again tomorrow. Tsk!
(adapted from Delicious Days)
1 thin pizza recipe
80 gr cream cheese
1/4 cup cream, more if required
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
4-5 medium sized shallots, sliced
5 slices of pancetta, quartered
spring onions, chopped, to garnish
- Preheat oven to 250 C.
- Prepare the pizza dough and flatten on a baking tray pre-lined with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese and cream until it has formed a thick consistent paste. Add more cream if it’s still too thick, but not to the point it’s runny. Season with nutmeg, black pepper and salt. Adjust if needed.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture over the flattened pizza dough. Decorate it with the pancetta and shallots and put into the oven.
- Bake for 10 mins. Remove the parchment paper (pull it very fast or use the help of spatula) and bake an additional 5 mins. Total baking time: 15 mins or until it has a nice golden brown.
- Garnish with spring onions and serve immediately while the cream cheese is still bubbling!