German-style cheese & bacon pancakes

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only

Be inspired by the flavours of Flammkuchen and top pancakes with smoked bacon, shallots and melted cheese to serve for Shrove Tuesday or as your next family supper.

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:20 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 691
  • fat 52g
  • saturates 25g
  • carbs 31g
  • sugars 7g
  • fibre 3g
  • protein 23g
  • salt 2.4g


  • 200g pack diced smoked bacon lardons
  • 200ml crème fraîche
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds (optional)
  • 8 pre-made large pancakes
  • 2 shallots, finely sliced
  • 50g finely grated Gruyère
  • 1 whole cucumber, peeled, halved and sliced
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill


  1. Heat grill to high and put the bacon lardons on a baking tray. Grill for around 10 mins until crisp, then set aside. Mix the crème fraîche with the nutmeg and caraway seeds (if using) and season.

  2. Working in batches, place a pancake on a non-stick baking sheet, divide the crème fraîche mixture between the 4 pancakes, then top each pancake with the lardons, shallots and cheese.

  3. Put the pancakes under the grill for 2-3 mins (you will need to do this in batches again) or until the cheese is golden and bubbling. While they cook, mix the cucumber with the vinegar and dill, season, then serve alongside the pancakes.

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