German Deep Dish Onion Pie
German onion pie is an easy fall treat. The yeasted crust pie can be dressed up by adding caraway seeds and bacon.
- Serves: 12 persons
- 3cups flour
- 1 ½teaspoon yeast (active dry)
- 1teaspoon salt
- 1 ⅝cups water (lukewarm)
- 2 ⅕pounds/1 kilograms onion( yellow, about 4 to 5 onions)
- 3tablespoons canola oil
- 1tablespoon butter (unsalted)
- 1pinch sugar (white granulated)
- ¾cup cream (heavy, or use half heavy cream and half crème frâiche or sour cream)
- ½teaspoon salt
- 1egg yolk
- Freshly ground nutmeg and/or pepper to taste
- Optional: 1/2-1 teaspoon caraway seeds
- Optional: 1 tablespoon cooked and crumbled bacon
Step 1Start by making the dough. Some prefer mixing instant yeast and salt into the flour and then adding the warm water and mixing until a smooth dough forms, but make it the way you like best. The German way is to start it by crumbling the yeast into a depression in the flour, adding the liquid and lightly mixing, sprinkling with flour and proofing the yeast that way. You can also proof the yeast separately by dissolving in the lukewarm water with a pinch of sugar. It takes 10 to 20 minutes for bubbles to form.
Step 2After the dough is smooth and elastic, form it into a ball, oil the surface and let it rise in a bowl covered with a clean dishcloth in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Step 3While dough is rising, make the onion filling. Chop the onions vertically or in smaller pieces if you prefer.
Step 4Heat two tablespoons of the oil and the tablespoon of unsalted butter in a large pan, add the onions and sauté over medium heat, adding oil as necessary to coat all onions. Sprinkle the sugar over the top. Cook for about 20 minutes or so. Remove from heat after the onions have browned and caramelized. Note: You may also start with 4 slices of bacon, cubed and browned. Remove bacon and add onions to bacon fat. Do not add as much salt to the final dish.
Step 5Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Step 6Mix the creams, salt, and eggs to form a custard base. You can add freshly ground nutmeg or pepper to the mix if you wish.
Step 7Press the dough into an 11-inch, buttered springform pan or into a buttered 11 x 13-inch baking dish, being sure to form high sides.
Step 8Distribute the onions over the dough. Sprinkle with caraway and cooked bacon. Pour the custard over the top and tilt to distribute evenly.
Step 9Place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until custard is set and yeast dough is browned.
Step 10Remove from oven and serve warm. Take an idea from a popular pizza chain and finish the thick crust with butter and honey after eating the filling.