Flammkuchen in Endingen am Kaiserstuhl, Baden-Württemberg,…

Flammkuchen in Endingen am Kaiserstuhl, Baden-Württemberg, Southwestern Germany at the French border. In French this is called Tarte Flambée. It’s an Alsatian-Mosellan and South German dish composed of bread dough rolled out very thinly in the shape of a rectangle (traditionally) or circle, which is covered with fromage blanc or crème fraîche, thinly sliced onions and lardons. It’s the most famous specialty of the region. There are some local varietions, such as:

– Gratinée: with added gruyère cheese;
– Forestière: with added mushrooms;
– Munster: with added Munster cheese;
– Sweet: dessert version with apples, cinnamon, and flambéed with Calvados or another sweet liqueur.

Legend has it that the creators were Alemannic-German-speaking farmers from Alsace, Baden or the Palatinate who used to bake bread once a week or every other week. Flammkuchen (“flame cake”) was originally a homemade dish only; it did not make its urban debut until the “pizza craze” of the 1960′s. Originally, it was used to test the heat of the wood-fired ovens. At the peak of its temperature, the oven would also have the ideal conditions in which to bake a Flammkuchen. The embers would be pushed aside to make room in the middle of the oven, and the intense heat would bake it in just 1 or 2 mins. The crust would be nearly burned by the flames. The result resembles a thin crust pizza. Some version & recipes.

Die Tricks mit Kaffee und Tee | NDR (Documentary, auf Deutsch,…

Die Tricks mit Kaffee und Tee | NDR (Documentary, auf Deutsch, 45 mins)

“Wie gut ist Filterkaffee im Vergleich zu teuren Kaffeekapseln? Kann Beuteltee gegen Teekapseln mithalten? Und wie stark ist Tee mit Pestiziden belastet?”

Docu on the quality of different coffee & tea brands on the German market. Fun fact: Coffee is Germany’s favorite beverage, it’s #1, followed by mineral water and beer. Also: Parts of Northern Germany (Frisia) statistically consume the most tea in the world – more than the UK and anybody. There’s a tea ceremony called Friesentee as featured in the video. What’s YOUR favorite German brand of tea & coffee?