Gluten-free Flatbread with Bacon and Fennel (German Flammkuchen)

Gluten-free Flatbread with Bacon and Fennel (German Flammkuchen)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2

If you’re looking for a tasty and easy-to-make gluten-free dish, German Flammkuchen is a great option. This traditional dish is similar to a pizza but uses a thin, crispy flatbread as a base. German Flammkuchen is traditionally served as an appetizer or snack, but it can also be enjoyed as a light meal. Serve with a side salad or some roasted vegetables to round out the dish.

Traditional German Flammkuchen, also known as tarte flambée in French, is a thin, crispy flatbread that is typically topped with crème fraîche (a type of cultured cream), thinly sliced onions, and bacon. In this recipe I added a twist by adding fresh fennel.

Notes on ingredients, substitutions and measurements for this gluten-free flatbread with bacon and fennel

For this recipe I used Schär Bread Mix B but you could use another high quality gluten-free flour blend.

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Gluten-free Flatbread with Bacon and Fennel (German Flammkuchen)

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
  • Serves: 2



  • 200 g gluten-free flour mix, (e.g. Schär Mix B Bread)
  • 120 ml sparkling water
  • 60 ml water, warm
  • 30 ml sunflower oil
  • 4 g dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp psyllium husk
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • 125 g crème fraîche
  • 100 g bacon bits
  • 5 g fresh chives
  • 75 g gruyere cheese, grated
  • 1 onion
  • 1 fennel bulb, medium size
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg


  • 1 lemon
  • 5 g dill, fresh



  • 1)

    Mix the yeast and sugar together, add the warm water while stirring. Let the yeast-mixture stand for about 5 to 10 minutes until bubbles are formed and the yeast is activated.

  • 2)

    Add the flour, xanthan gum, physilium husk and salt to a mixing bowl and mix the flour, using a mixer with dough hook or a spatula.

  • 3)

    Add the sunflower oil, sparkling water and the yeast mixture. Mix everything together on slow speed for 1 minute and on medium speed for 3 minutes.

  • 4)

    Cover with a damp tea towel and let stand for about 5 minutes at room temperature. The dough can now be used directly.


  • 1)

    Preheat the oven to 220°C conventional heating (top-bottom heat).

  • 2)

    Cut and halve the onions and slice thinly. Halve the fennel lengthwise, remove the hard core and cut into thin slices. In a bowl, mix the onion and fennel with freshly ground pepper, salt if desired, and the olive oil and let stand until use.

  • 3)

    Meanwhile, chop the garlic cloves and chives finely and mix into the crème fraîche along with the nutmeg. Grate the gruyere cheese.

  • 4)

    Roll out the dough on a baking sheet*. Spread with the crème fraîche, sprinkle the gruyere, onion-fennel mixture and bacon on top.

  • 5)

    Bake the gluten-free flatbread in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

  • 6)

    Optionally: top the flatbread with finely chopped fresh dill. Cut the lemon into wedges and serve alongside to give a tangy touch.

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