Apple Flammkuchen
Baked, Bread, Dessert, Swabian, Vegetarian

Apple Flammkuchen (‘Apfel-Flammkuchen’)

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Last Updated on 4 years by Tim

I’ve already shown you how to bake the traditional Alsatian Flammkuchen with onions and bacon. But Flammkuchen is not only a savory dish. The name just describes that it is a thin flatbread. The most popular type of sweet Flammkuchen in Germany is Apple Flammkuchen.

The dough is the same as for the savory variety. It’s an unleavened bread dough that is enriched with oil to improve its stretchiness. It’s quite similar to a traditional strudel dough. Because it is unleavened, it needs to be rolled out very thin. If it’s too thick the Flammkuchen won’t get crispy.

The sauce for Apple Flammkuchen is lightly sweetened schmand or crème fraîche with honey. If you can’t source these products, you can simply use American-style sour cream. That will do the job just fine. If you want to learn more about German sour cream, you can check out my blog post about schmand.

How to assemble and bake your Apple Flammkuchen

You need to slice the apples very thinly and place them in one even layer on your Flammkuchen. The walnuts should not be baked on top of the Flammkuchen as they would burn in the hot oven. I caramelize them before I bake the Flammkuchen and sprinkle them on top just before serving.

Walnuts - The topping for Apple Flammkuchen

Make sure your oven is preheated before you bake the Flammkuchen. You need to bake it as hot as possible to get a nice crust. I don’t preheat my baking tray or use a pizza stone as Flammkuchen are very thin. But you could do so if you want an even darker crust and shorten the baking time a little.

These Apple Flammkuchen make a nice snack in between or can be eaten as a dessert. The serving size is quite small so you need to prepare a double batch if you want to eat them as the main course.


  1. Looks delicious.

  2. This sounds delicious.
    My grandmother was German and I remember what a great cook she was, but I was too young to learn from her before she passed. These recipes will help me out!! Thanks.

    • Thanks a lot! I’m glad you enjoy the recipes. I think food is a great way to discover and connect with one’s heritage even though Oma’s food always remains the best 😉.

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