Alsatian Bacon and Onion Tart (Tarte Flambée) for #BakingBloggers

Are you a blogger who would like to join in the Baking fun? Request to join our Facebook Group, or contact Sue from Palatable Pastime, we post monthly on the second Monday. For August we're sharing French bakes! Sue said "We're baking foods from France this month, by popular demand.
Sweet or savory, some portion of the recipe should be baked."

At first I had my heart set on baking eclairs this month, but as the posting date crept closer and closer I decided to go savory instead of sweet. We've had a lot of baked goods in the kitchen this month, it's become a go to way to use up bananas and other fruit that are getting too ripe or just not getting eaten as quickly as I'd anticipated, and I'd recently made a pretty large mixed fruit pie and decided the eclairs were going to have to wait for another day! 

This is such a quick and easy tarte to throw together, and it has wonderfully delicious simple flavors of caramelized onions, smoky and salty bacon, with a creamy cheesy base. Next time I would add some fresh herbs to the cheese mixture for a little more brightness, but I loved how easy this was to make, and we had essentially personal sized pizzas in no time. You could easily use this tart and cheesy base and put whatever you'd like on them - having customized tartes for everybody. I definitely want to try these again soon with a basic basil and tomato topping!

My version is the adapted / substitute version - you can link to the original recipe below to see the more traditional version utilizing creme freche and fromage blanc!

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August 2020: French Baking

Alsatian Bacon and Onion Tart (Tarte Flambée)

1⁄2 cup sour cream
1 cup cream cheese at room temperature
1⁄8 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground white pepper, to taste

1 3⁄4 cups flour, plus more for dusting
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt, plus more to taste
3 TBS olive oil
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup water

8 strips smoked bacon
1 medium white onion, thinly sliced

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, fry the bacon until barely crispy. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towels.
  3. Saute the onions in the bacon drippings for about 5-8 minutes, until they are tender. Remove with a slotted spoon from grease and drain on the paper towels with the bacon. When bacon is cool, rough chop into small pieces.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine the dry dough ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk the wet ingredients for the dough: egg yolks, olive oil, and water. When smooth, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients in. Stir with a fork until dough begins to form. Lightly flour the counter, and pour the dough mixture out onto the counter, kneading for about a minute until dough comes together.
  6. Split dough in half and roll out into thin rounds - about 12" in diameter. Arrange them on a baking sheet.
  7. In another medium bowl, combine the softened cream cheese with the sour cream, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
  8. Smear about 1/2 cup of the cheese mixture onto each round, leaving a little bit of a clean edge. Sprinkle the chopped bacon and sauteed onions over the tops of the tartes, and bake for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown and dough is cooked through.

Recipe adapted from Saveur


  1. I'll bet this would be good using boursin cheese in place of the cream cheese and that would give you the herbs you thought were needed. Looks wonderful Rebekah.

    1. You are right! That would be a super quick way to have a cheesy herby base - love that idea! I will have to add some to my grocery list next order.

  2. I have made a version of this with puff pastry! It's absolutely delicious! I can't wait to try yours.

  3. What's not too love about this. I can just see some lovely mushrooms on there as well. Perfection.

  4. One of my favorites! Love all those flavors and it looks incredible with the smoked bacon on top.

  5. This is definitely a recipe I would love to make for dinner...every single day of the week!!!

  6. Those crunchy bacon on top of the tart makes me want to have a slice. Saving this recipe should make it soon.

  7. I've made tarte flambee a few times and agree it's a tasty dish.

  8. The crust looks so beautiful and perfectly baked.


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