Wholewheat Flammkuchen with Bratwürst on Caramelised Cabbage and Pear
By Meeta K. Wolff
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 60 minutes
Makes: 4 Flammkuchen
Wholewheat flammkuchen base
- 300g wholewheat flour
- 50ml olive oil
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ teaspoon dry yeast
- 200ml water
Caramelized cabbage with pear
- ½ red cabbage – finely shredded
- 100g butter
- 50g muscovado sugar
- 2 oranges – zest of 1, juice of both
- 2 pears, cubed
- 3-4 juniper berries
- ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
- ½ cinnamon stick
- 3-4 sprigs of thyme
- Pinch of Piment d'Espelette (alternatively you can use cayenne pepper)
Wild Game Bratwürst
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil (depends on how fatty the bratwursts are)
- 2-3 bratwurst (preferably wild game but a good quality traditional bratwurst will also work)
- 1 garlic clove (thinly sliced)
- 3-4 sprigs of thyme
- For the flammkuchen base: add all the ingredients in a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Knead for 8-10 minutes until you have a smooth pliable dough. Cover the bowl and allow to rest for 30 minutes. Make the cabbage while dough is resting. Heat a pizza stone (alternatively you can heat a baking tray) in the oven at 220 degrees C. After the resting period divide the dough in 4 pieces, rolling each one into a smooth ball. With a rolling pin roll 4 small oval bases. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rest for another 30 minutes.
- For the cabbage and pear: melt the butter in a large non-stick pan then sprinkle the sugar and allow the sugar to melt. Add the cabbage and toss several times to coat with the buttery-sugary sauce. On gentle heat allow the cabbage to caramelize for 8-10 minutes. Add the spices and herbs and cook for another 3-5 minutes, then pour the orange juice and the zest, toss well allow simmer until flavors have infused. Finally add the pear cubes and heat through. Set aside to cool.
- For the bratwürst: heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan. Add the garlic and thyme and infuse the oil on a medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Sauté the sausage meat until just turning golden – the meat will cook further in the oven so you need to make sure it does not overcook in the pan.
- To assembly the flammkuchen divide the cabbage mixture over the 4 flammkuchen and spread the bratwurst meat over each flamkuchen. Bake the flammkuchen, 2 at a time on the pizza stone for 10-12 minutes until the base is crispy and golden.
The flammkuchen would be perfect with a red wine with fruity berry-like flavors like a Malbec or a chilled white wine such as a Riesling with citrus-like flavors.
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