The Flamiche

Flamiche the First
Flamiche the First

Oh, my  goodness. That may have been my first Flamiche,  but it certainly will not be the last.

Recipe: Richard Bertinet’s Crust: Page 112.

Modifications: Recipe is made with 500g flour. Filling is 300g of Crème Frâiche and 3 eggs – I made a ? quantity. The pancetta was replaced by smoked dry cure bacon and I added a slice of leftover honey roast ham. I had no leeks so used a mix of onion and shallot, adding a little sugar to compensate for the sweetness of leek. Gruyère was replaced by a mix of cheddar and parmesan.

Golden and gorgeous
Golden and gorgeous

I used organic stoneground unbleached flour and fresh yeast.

The lack of focus in the photographs may have been caused by a pre-dinner glass of sherry – I could not possibly comment. I cannot offer to re-take them as the Flamiche has been devoured.

Don't be fooled by the initial dainty serving
Don’t be fooled by the initial dainty serving

The Flamiche was served with a dressed salad and a glass of Rosé.

It made a wonderful and tasty change from pizza.  I am already planning ahead for the next one… and as far as next Christmas –  for an Anglicised and seasonal version as a portable seasonal lunch, should the weather favour us.


  1. backwardslion
    January 6, 2013

    I made my first one last night – being veggie I swapped the meat for mushrooms. I found that the base took an awfully long time to cook – did you do it on a heavy baking sheet? It could have just been a wet filling, I guess…

    • January 6, 2013

      Mmm, bet that was good, with mushroom… I tried to make mine so that it would slip onto a baking stone, but I had trouble raising the edge and feared the topping would melt off the edges… I ended up cooking it in a swiss roll tin, and put onto a pre-heated heavy baking sheet. The base was very thin when I added the topping.

      I don’t recall if I had to take it out early, but it certainly had no extra time in the oven.

      As it transpired, the filling set very quickly and showed no inclination to run anywhere at all.

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