As a partially german foodblog we probably have to say that Zwiebelkuchen (Onion Cake, translated directly) is very german and that it originated here. Well actually I am not too sure about it because it might be from France or Switzerland as well. At least that is what I heard before. Anyways we decided to make this highly underrated dish of german cuisine and it turned out really great!
Do not be deterred when you see that you have to make the crust from scratch! It is not difficult at all..it just takes a little patience. Hope this up close picture can motivate you to make this tasty German dish.
Guess what? It only takes 4 steps to make this!
Feeds about 3-4 people as a main dish.
800 gram onions
300 gram flour
20 gram fresh yeast
125 gram warm milk
50 gram butter
150 gram finely diced bacon
250 gram sour cream
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
A pinch of sugar
A pinch of salt
A pinch of pepper
Fresh chives to garnish the whole Onion Cake
Ok doesn’t sound too bad right? Well since you are still reading this I assume you are really interested in the 4 simple steps we mentioned earlier right? Haha well it is actually 4 big steps but still easy to follow:
1. Take out a bowl and mix the flour and the salt inside. You should form a hole in the middle and add the yeast and about half of the warm milk. Mix the milk with the yeast and cover it with some of the flour. Let it rest for about 15 minutes.
2. Let the butter melt in the rest of the warm milk and combine it with the mixture from step 1. Add the sugar and knead everything until well combined. Form it into a ball and let it rest for about 1 hour in a warm and moist place. While resting we advice you to cover it with a damp clothes. After one hour the size of the dough should have doubled.
3. Remove the skin from the onions and cut it into rings. The rings should be about half a centimeter thick. Heat a pan to medium heat and fry the bacon until it is crispy. Remove the bacon from the pan and add the onion slices/ rings inside and fry them until the become translucent. Place them aside in a bowl and let them cool down.
4. Ok here comes the final step. Take out the dough and roll it our on a baking tray. We recommend to use some baking paper as well to prevent it from sticking. Make sure that the edges and sides of the dough are folded up and poke the dough several times with a fork so that there are holes all over. Combine the sour cream, eggs, cumin, fennel seeds and pepper in a bowl. Whisk until well combined. Spread the onions and bacon on the dough and pour the mixture you just created over the onion and bacon evenly. After 35-40 minutes in a preheated oven at 200ºC you should have the perfect result.
I know this might sound a bit confusing but just look at our pictures and you should know what to do. By the way if you or your better half have a problem with “windy“ nights maybe you should consider sleeping in separate rooms for one night…;)