German Zwiebelkuchen is almost a meal in itself and is relatively fast to make. It has a slightly sweet base, with a savory topping made from eggs, sour cream, onions, bacon, caraway seeds, and salt. The bottom is crisp and crunchy, the middle tender and spongy, and the topping succulent with juicy onions and bacon.



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  • Place milk and 4 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan, and heat until butter has melted. Remove pan from heat, and let mixture cool until tepid.

  • Place milk mixture in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. On low speed, add the sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, lemon zest, egg yolks, and yeast. Gradually add 3 cups flour, creating a dough that is soft but not sticky.

  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and knead until it is smooth and elastic and springs back when you poke it with your finger, about 5 minutes. Place in a large buttered bowl, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Set in a warm place until dough has doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line an 11-by-17-inch baking sheet with parchment. Punch dough down, and roll out to a 1/4-inch thickness. Place on prepared baking sheet, and cover with buttered plastic wrap; let rise until dough doesn't spring back when you poke it with your finger, about 20 minutes.

  • Melt remaining tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon, and cook until golden and crisp and most of fat has been rendered, about 6 minutes. Add onions, and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 8 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons flour over onions, and stir in. In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream and the egg, and stir into the onion mixture. Cook, stirring, until mixture thickens, about 1 minute. Remove skillet from heat, and season with salt.

  • Spread mixture on top of dough, and let rise 15 minutes more. Sprinkle top with caraway seeds. Bake until edges are crisp and brown, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, and serve. Bread will keep, wrapped and unrefrigerated, up to 4 days.

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I have been making this for years. It is a massive crowd pleaser, it catches you by surprise, how wonderfully the flavors meld. I used to bring it into the office often, my co-workers were addicted, my most often requested baked goods to bring in.. and I make some great sweet things! I had pulled the recipe out of her magazine years ago. It is so tattered and held together with tape, I was elated to find the recipe here to print a new copy.