Alsatian Tarte Flambee

We've taken an American favorite and given it a French twist in this savory, pizza-like tart inspired by the movie Julie & Julia.

Alsatian Tarte Flambee

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    1 package active dry yeast or fresh yeast, for the dough 9 slices of bacon, sliced into -inch pieces
    1 teaspoon honey, for the dough 1 cup 4 percent cottage cheese
    1 cup warm water, not to exceed 115 degrees F, for the dough 1/3 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
    3 cups all-purpose flour, for the dough 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon kosher salt, for the dough 1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, for the dough freshly ground black pepper
    1 yellow onion, sliced very thinly extra virgin olive oil
    1/2 cup white wine


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    • 1

      To make dough, combine the yeast with ¼ cup of the warm water and the honey in a small bowl.  In a stand up mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour and salt and mix briefly to combine.  Pour the yeast mixture along with the remaining warm water and olive oil into the flour.  Mix on low until dough forms a ball.

    • 2

      Remove dough from mixer and knead onto a clean surface.  Knead for several minutes until dough becomes elastic, smooth and has a uniform consistency.  Let rise in an oiled bowl for 2 hours and cover with a damp cloth. 

    • 3

      Once the dough has risen, remove from the bowl and cut into 3 equal pieces.  Form dough pieces into balls by tucking the sides in a downward motion and rolling gently into a ball on a clean work surface.  Place 3 balls of dough in oiled bowl and cover again with the damp towel.  Let rest for one more hour. 

    • 4

      Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Place sliced yellow onion in a small bowl and add the white wine.  Let soak for at least 15 minutes. 

    • 5

      In a food processor, blend cottage cheese, creme fraiche, nutmeg, salt and pepper until very smooth.  Roll out all 3 pieces of dough on a floured surface into oblong shapes, approximately 6x11 inches.  Place on nonstick sheet trays or a pizza stone.  Spread the cottage cheese mixture evenly across all 3 tarts, leaving a small border around the edge. 

    • 6

      Remove onions from the wine and soak up excess moisture with a paper towel.  Distribute onions and bacon evenly on tarts.  Drizzle lightly with olive oil and place in oven.  Bake for approximately 15 minutes, or until edges are a deep golden brown and crisp.  Serve immediately. 

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