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Tarte Flambee is to the northern Alsace region in France what pizza is to southern
Italy. Tarte Flambee is composed of thin bread dough which is covered by creme fraiche, onions, and prosciutto or bacon. You love this easy-to make bread
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Tarte Flambee - Alsatian Bacon and Onion Pizza Recipe
Yields: makes 2 (14-inch) pizzas or 1 (24-inch) pizza
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 60 min
Perfect Thin Crust Pizza Dough (see recipe below)
Onion Topping Sauce (see recipe below)
2 to 3 ounces thinly-sliced
Prosciutto di Parma
Prepare Perfect Thin Crust Pizza Dough according to recipe below.
Prepare Topping Sauce according to recipe below.
When ready to assemble, preheat the oven and
Pizza Stone or tiles to 450 degrees F.
Spread the Topping Sauce mixture
evenly over the surface of the pre-cooked pizza dough. Scatter the sautéed
sliced onions evenly over the topping. Tear the prosciutto into irregular
shreds and scatter over the top of the topping.
Bake the Tarte Flambee in the
center of the oven until the crust is golden brown, the topping mixture is
set, and the prosciutto pieces have become crisp, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove your pizza from the
oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a serving pan.
This cooling down step allows the crust to stay crisp and the topping to
set. Once cool, cut your pizza into slice and serve.
Makes 2 (14-inch) pizzas or 1 (24-inch) pizza.
Perfect Thin Crust Pizza Dough:
3/4 to 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F.)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin oil
1 teaspoon coarse
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
3 cups bread
2 teaspoons instant active dry
yeast (I use
SAF Instant Active Dry Yeast)
Add all the ingredients in the bread pan of your
Bread Machine. Process according to manufacturer's instructions for a dough setting.
It should form a nice elastic ball. If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the
dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time).
When dough cycle has finished, remove dough from pan and place into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and
let the dough do a slow rise for 24 hours in the refrigerator before using. Do not skip this step.
When ready to use, remove from refrigerator and allow the dough to come to room temperature, approximately 1 to 2 hours.
Meanwhile preheat the oven and
Pizza Stone or tiles to 450 degrees F.
Turn the dough out onto a large surface and dust the pizza dough with flour. Pick up the dough and, keeping both
hands together, grasp it lightly at the top of the edge. Letting gravity do the work, start rotating the dough as though you are turning the
steering wheel of a car and don’t stop until you’ve gone all the way around. This will stretch the dough without the risk of thinning out the
center too much. Roll and stretch the dough out very thin to form a 24-inch or larger circle.
Place the dough on the prepared
Pizza Peel. The dough must be docked.
Thin pizza crusts usually
need to be well docked to help control blistering and bubble formation during baking. This just means to prick it all over the middle part (not the edges) so
that it doesn't inflate. Either use a
Dough Docker or use a fork to prick the dough thoroughly.
Pre-cook the pizza crust for approximately 4 minutes before adding any toppings. After pre-cooking, remove the partially
baked crust from the oven and pop any large air pockets with a fork. Let crust cool before topping (this will produce a crispy and chewy crust).
Onion Topping Sauce:
3 tablespoons butter
1 to 2 large sweet
onions, thinly sliced into rings
2 ounces creamy white
goat cheese, softened or at room temperature
Ricotta Cheese or large curd cottage cheese
1/4 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly grate nutmeg
In a large frying pan over low heat, melt butter. Add the onion rings and slowly
sauté, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and just beginning to
color, approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a medium-size bowl, beat together the goat cheese, ricotta cheese or cottage cheese, creme fraiche or sour cream, egg,
salt, pepper, and nutmeg; set aside.