Has fall even happened without this Zwiebelkuchen? This iconic German onion pie has to happen for me at least once every season! I have improved and perfected this German fall baking recipe over the last 5 years for you, and this is simply THE BEST using an easy-to-conquer, yeast-raised crust, and warming, quiche-like onion filling with cream and eggs, then topped with bacon.
Zwiebelkuchen (German Onion Pie)
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Let’s Bake Zwiebelkuchen While Fall Lasts
Fall has arrived in Kansas City! Colorful leaves are raining from the trees, gloomy days are more or less welcome to get us all cozy inside and give us an excuse to turn on our fireplaces and ovens. The ladder for some Zwiebelkuchen of course, that is the German onion pie recipe that today’s recipe post is all about! But everybody who lives in Kansas City knows Fall doesn’t typically stick around for long. So even though half of me is ready to decorate for Christmas and is already busy thinking about Christmas presents for my family in preparation for our Germany trip coming up in just over a month, the other half wants to bottle up this beautiful season of change while it lasts.
Missing Fall In Germany & December Prep
It’s been a while since I have been back home for the fall season in Germany and I miss it so much… AND Zwiebelkuchen (German onion pie)! November in Germany to me means taking refreshing walks on Sundays, filling up on the crisp air and the changing season’s beauty. It also means prep time for December and advent calendars! It’s time to start filling Zoë’s beautiful advent calendar I got her last year with all the German candy, little wooden toys, and more. Luckily Jason is easy this year and got himself the beer advent calendar from Costco. For mine, I am envisioning half bottles of clean-crafted wine, clean and colorful Sephora beauty products, and of course, some German candy!
What To Drink With Zwiebelkuchen?
But back to Zwiebelkuchen, which has been a long-time family favorite for my family! Traditionally in Germany, onion pie is served with Federweisser: a young, sweet wine that can usually be picked up seasonally from local wineries in Germany. On a side note: We have talked about buying a couple of grapevines from a local winery and now I am just dreaming about homemade Federweisser becoming a reality one day. If you have any tips to share, please comment on this post below. Other wine pairings that would work really well are young Rieslings (a semi-dry or dry Riesling would be lovely, which is my favorite!).
German Things To Make For Thanksgiving
While making Zwiebelkuchen takes a little patience and time (I mean, so do all good things in life), it is so worth it! I received so many compliments for this recipe from Jason’s family, friends, and Eloïse’s nanny, who gets to taste test all my recipes on my shoot days. The kids love it too! I will be making German onion pie again for Thanksgiving this year because it is simply addictive! The fluffy, buttery crust and the creamy, savory, but yet sweet onion filling are a winning combination. While you will need to commit time to allow the dough to rise before baking, there is no pre-baking involved and the oven-crisped bacon on top is the crowning glory!
Does Zwiebelkuchen Have Caraway?
My Oma Sieghilde would also add whole caraway to hers, which aids in digestion because well… onions, while so healthy, aren’t the easiest to digest and can get you bloated! It helps! I am personally not a fan of caraway, so I leave it out, and instead follow up with a warming tea for digestion (when I remember).
Try it for yourself and please let me know your results in the comment section below (although I’d love it too if we got to connect and chat via Instagram!). And if you love German food, please subscribe at the bottom of this post! You’d so make my day! 🙂
3 Reasons To Eat More Zwiebelkuchen
- It tastes amazing! Do creamy onions enrobed in fluffy, buttery dough topped with crisp bacon not just sound like a winning combination?
- Onions are so healthy and boost your immune system and bodily functions! Onions are rich in vitamins C, B, and potassium and boasting with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Germany is so far, but Zwiebelkuchen can be so close! Share it with your loved ones for a unique, German lunch or dinner to celebrate the Fall season. It’s the perfect side dish to bring to a Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving dinner.
So scroll on down and make some German onion pie already! You’ll love it! 🙂
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Zwiebelkuchen: The BEST German Onion Pie Recipe
- 500 grams yellow onions
- 55 grams butter plus some more for greasing the baking pan
- 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 large eggs
- 100 milliliters heavy cream
- 2 slices thick-cut bacon cut into little strips or cubes
- caraway seeds optional - I did not use them, but my Oma Sieghilde always did to aid in digestion.
- Dissolve the dried yeast and sugar in some of the warm milk and allow to sit until bubbly, about 5 minutes.1 teaspoon sugar, 155 milliliters milk, 3.5 grams active dry yeast
- Add the remaining dough ingredients and knead for 5 minutes. Cover the bowl and allow the dough to rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. In the meantime, butter your quiche pan or baking dish.250 grams all-purpose flour, 55 grams butter, 1 teaspoon salt
- Press down the dough evenly in baking pan using your hands and fingers - no tools needed! Set aside while you prepare your filling. Note: My quiche pan has a 9.5-inch diameter, but if yours is larger, your Zwiebelkuchen just won't be quite as tall.
- On medium heat, cook the onion rings with the butter until they are clear and soft. This can take 10 minutes or longer. Take care not to brown the onions. Add the flour and let the mixture cool down. Season with a good amount of salt.500 grams yellow onions, 55 grams butter, 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
- Whisk together the eggs and cream and add it to the cooled-down onion mixture.2 large eggs, 100 milliliters heavy cream
- Add the filling to the baking dish and add the cut-up bacon (and sprinkle with caraway seed if desired). Bake on the middle rack at 390° F (200° C) for 35 to 45 minutes. Gentle wiggle your baking dish. The middle should not shake when it's ready.2 slices thick-cut bacon, caraway seeds
- Allow cooling for at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with Federweißer or Riesling. Guten Appetit!
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