Jan 102017

The region Allgäu of the South is a popular vacation destination for all seasons. The region is known for their good food specialties and milk products as well. Popular is the Allgäuer Bergkäse" a cheese that is made in the mountains. Today learn how to make the Allgau Specialty Onion Cake - it's a flat tart topped with onions, bacon (Speck) and cream. The original recipe is using the popular cheese from the Allgäu mountains. Unfortunately not available in the USA. We recommend to use Gruyere or a flavorful hard cheese and not any tasteless cheese from Kraft. Happy Cooking!

Allgau Specialty Onion Cake


Ingredients Allgau Specialty Onion Cake

For the Dough
350 g flour
1/2 cube fresh yeast or dry yeast (see yeast instruction on the package)
1 dash sugar
1/2 tsp salt
150 ml warm water or 100ml water and 50 ml light beer

1 kg onions
clarified butter
100 g smoked bacon (Speck)
pepper, caraway seeds, salt to taste
2 eggs
200 g creme fraiche
75 g grated cheese

Cooking Instructions Allgau Specialty Onion Cake

Make the Dough
- Place flour in a bowl, make a mold, add salt around the edges, yeast in the middle.
- Add sugar and the liquid, mix with yeast.
- Cover and let rise for 15 min.
- Mix yeast-dough with flour. Knead well.
- Cover and let rise for 15 min.

Make the Topping
- Peel onions, cut in fine stripes. Cut Speck in small cubes.
- Heat clarified butter, add Speck, fry for 1-2 min. Add onions.
- Saute for about 25 min. Spice to taste.
- On a floured baking board knead dough and roll to a rectangle form.
- Layer a baking tray with parchment paper, pre-heat oven to 390 F (200C).
- Place dough on the baking tray, roll until it is fitting, form edges all along.
- Spread onions on the dough evenly.
- Mix eggs with creme fraiche, salt, and pepper. Place on top of onions.
- Sprinkle with cheese.

- Bake for 25 min, then reduce heat to 370, bake for 10 min more.
- Let sit for 5 min before you cut the onion cake.

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