Zwiebelkuchen German Onion Tart

Zwiebelkuchen, which literally means "onion cake" in the German language, is actually a savoury tart (a quiche?) prepared with onions and sour cream on a leavened or yeast dough, that is very popular in the German wine-growing regions. Serve them warm with a glass of chilled half dry German Risling or fruity Corbières if you prefer red.
Quark Dough adapted from Grundrezept Quark-Öl-Teig
Topping Recipe adapted from Tobiaskocht

ToppingQuark Dough
  • 4 Yellow onions
  • 3 stalk Spring onions
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 200 g Herb crème fraîche
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  1. Cut the ends off the onions and slice them into thick rings. Slice the spring onions into rings too. Heat a skillet with olive oil over medium flame. Add in onions and stir-fry until lightly golden. Stir in chopped spring onions. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add in egg, Quark, olive oil and milk. Stir until the dough forms a ball. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a baking tray, about 30x40 cm, with parchment paper. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle and fit into prepared baking tray.
  3. Top the dough with the herb cream evenly. Spread the caramelized onion all over the cream. Sprinkle the top with salt, pepper and cumin. Bake for 25-30 minutes until beautifully browned.


aipi 9/2/11 06:11

this looks absolutely gorgeous!! i am just drooling over this right now. thanks for sharing this :)

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Abhilash 9/2/11 06:39

The presentation is really good.

I will try this with wheat flour... as I have that in ample at home :)
So this is something I can really try... thanks for sharing it

alison 9/2/11 06:46

this is a masterpiece for savory tarts!your looks magnificent!

Cakewhiz 9/2/11 07:16

I use onions in practically all my So, i have a strong hunch i would love this!

Tina 9/2/11 07:20

Beautiful clicks dear....onion tart looks fabulous...

Raw_Girl 9/2/11 07:44

absoluetly gorgeous! such comfort food!

Anonymous 9/2/11 07:45

I love onions! Your tart looks outstanding!
:-) Mandy

veggietestkitchen 9/2/11 07:53

wow, what a beautiful tart! i love the pictures as well. i will try to make this very soon, i am in love with tarts. i used to make them much more when i first learned to cook, but am in need of some new ideas. thanks for sharing! cheers.

theUngourmet 9/2/11 07:55

Such a lovely tart! My husband doesn't usually go for onions but I think he would really like this. Yum!

Mika 9/2/11 09:04

Wonderful!!! It is like the italian focaccia with onions potatoes and rosemary but with a quark dough instead...Wow, I love this, and living in Germany I Have to Try it!
Thanks for sharing...

j3ss kitch3n 9/2/11 09:11

fabulous! never tasted before but seeing your pics makes me salivate!

Suchi 9/2/11 09:47

onion tart looks fab angie! loved the recipe

Ana Rita 9/2/11 10:17

Angie, what a great recipe today!!It's absolutelly gorgeous...


Cherine 9/2/11 10:18

Mmm... this onion tart looks beautiful and sounds just scrumptious!

Sharmilee! :) 9/2/11 10:20

Perfect looking tart...looks very inviting

Jennifer (Delicieux) 9/2/11 10:21

This looks so delicious. I love onions. My boyfriend is of German heritage, so I will have to make this for him. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Sharon @ Fun and Life 9/2/11 11:41

Gorgeous, delicious, beautiful, delicious, mouth-watering, delicious. Did I mention delicious? ;). Looks great Angie, I love onions. I would probably make these and add mushrooms too. Mmmm yummmm :D

MaryMoh 9/2/11 12:09

I love onions. This would go down into my hall of favourites. The pastry must be very delicious with the quark.

Lizzy 9/2/11 12:18

What a gorgeous onion tart...the green of the spring onions is just wonderful!

Happy Cook 9/2/11 13:17

I love onions and thes tart looks super yumm

FOODESSA 9/2/11 13:50

Strangely, I've purchased 'Quark cheese' only once before for a certain recipe that I actually barely recall.
I love caramelized onions on pizza...and this tart has such an interesting dough that I'm willing to put 'Quark' back on my grocery list ;o)
Thanks Angie and have a wonderful day.

Flavourful wishes,

Paul Jennette 9/2/11 13:54

Sounds and looks like perfect comfort food! I do have a question; I have no idea what "quark lean Magerquark" is?? Do you have a source for where I could find it in the States?? That's two questions.

Priya 9/2/11 14:03

Yumm, thats a droolworthy and tempting onion tart, i dont bother to have some rite now..

Belinda @zomppa 9/2/11 14:46

Big on onion tarts!! Looks perfect.

Carol 9/2/11 14:49

Gorgeous looking tart! Coming here to visit always makes me hungry!

Claudia 9/2/11 15:08

Caramelized onions and creme fraiche in the topping is all I need to smile. I love a savory tart and will print this.

peachkins 9/2/11 15:14

I love onion! This looks very tasty!

Michael Toa 9/2/11 15:48

This tart looks incredibly delicious. I adore caramelised onions.

Faith 9/2/11 15:59

Another lovely dish, Angie! I can't get enough onions so I would be all over this in a heartbeat!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more 9/2/11 16:08

Oh, I won't need wine to go with this.
It looks so good that I can eat it on its own

Hélia 9/2/11 16:15

I'll bet I will love it, cause I really like onions.

great recipe.


Sprigs of Rosemary 9/2/11 16:28

This looks absolutely scrumptious to me ... carmelized onions, sour cream, bread. Seems similar to pissaladiere, what I think is French. The biggest difference I see are that the French version has anchovies (fine by me; not so much with all the world!) and olives. I want this German-style one, too!

Umm Mymoonah 9/2/11 16:42

Looks absolutely delicious, gorgeous pictures.

Roxan 9/2/11 16:45

Quark dough, what a cute name. This onion tart looks great, and I could totally see why it's eaten in the wine growing regions! It's a great snack to have along with wine. Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday, Angie!

Angie's Recipes 9/2/11 16:52

@Paul Jennette
Quark is made from soured-milk...usually without rennet. You might have to check the wholefood stores. Or you can make them at home.

Lynda 9/2/11 16:52

What a gorgeous tart! I need to try this.

Shirley @ Kokken69 9/2/11 16:56

This looks like a gorgeous pizza!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines 9/2/11 17:24

Love this! I'm thinking this would make a good lunch. I'm thinking it would be much lighter than foccacia. Hope you are having a great week. You find the best recipes to share with us, Thanks!

Anncoo 9/2/11 17:38

Angie, I love onion too! I must make this for sure, looks so delicious :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 9/2/11 18:13

This sounds as delicious as it looks! What a great recipe and one I'd love to try!

Richard J 9/2/11 18:20

Looks excellent! Only thing I'm wondering is if this is the same dish (or just incredibly similar) to the Alsatian torte flambee/Flammkuchen?

tigerfish 9/2/11 18:22

Looks at those onions...intensifying in sweetness after baking (and caramelization). Must be smelling so aromatic too!

Cristina 9/2/11 19:20

What a delicious and beautiful savory tart. Perfectly browned and fanastic looking crust!

Angie's Recipes 9/2/11 20:58

@Richard J
Yes, it's very much like Flammkuchen.

arthi 9/2/11 22:15

wow!! mouthwatering tart :)

kitchen flavours 10/2/11 00:02

Perfect looking onion tart! Looks delicious!

Eileen 10/2/11 00:32

I made a Zwiebelkuchen for one of the Foodbuzz challenges. It was so fun to make. Yours looks great! What was even more fun was searching for a wine to go with it!

Preety 10/2/11 02:25

lovely pic and great recipe..first time your place

tasteofbeirut 10/2/11 02:51

Love the flavors and the dough sounds delicious and rich with the cheese.

Pavithra 10/2/11 05:42

Oh wow this looks fabulous.. The topping and the pictures are amazing.

She's Cookin' 10/2/11 07:13

I absolutely adore savory tarts and make them often! A lovely caramelized onion tart with a glass of Riesling sounds like a perfect lunch :)

RAKS KITCHEN 10/2/11 08:17

SOunds and looks wonderful,would love to have a slice!

Christine@Christine's Recipes 10/2/11 09:22

Onion is so versatile.... love to bake it too. This onion cake looks so good. Can I have some for my lunch? :)

Ivy 10/2/11 12:51

This looks delicious. I have never made an onion tart before but surely will add it to my list of recipes to make.

Annie 10/2/11 13:26

This looks so delicious! Almost like an onion pizza but unique in its own way. Yummy!

A Thought For Food 10/2/11 13:46

Oh... now i know what i should do with the creme fraiche I have in the fridge!

Heavenly Housewife 10/2/11 13:46

That looks so yummy! I love all of those delicious goodies you have piled on top. I am so glad that i am having pizza tonight, otherwise I'd be super jealous.
*kisses* HH

Hornsfan 10/2/11 13:56

This zwiebelkuchen looks absolutely divine! I love onions and can just imagine the taste of this along a good glass of wine!

Jenn 10/2/11 14:23

Angie, I think you are the only person that can make an onion tart look good to me!!! WOW!!


Hey Ang~

We make the French version of this and it's quite lovely! It's amazing how complete an onion tart can be. Gorgeous!

Trix 10/2/11 14:29

This is exactly my kind of dish - it reminds me of things I had in Austria. Mmmm, zwiebel!

Ah Tze 10/2/11 16:43

Wow! Angie, is the texture soft like a bread? I love to have a bite on this Onion Tart!

Chow and Chatter 10/2/11 17:31

oh wow I adore this we had German friends who made this for us, so good

Mary 10/2/11 19:01

This is a gorgeous looking tart. I can't resist anything that has caramelized onions. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

briarrose 10/2/11 21:56

This looks amazing. I love onions so I would be all over this. ;)

Xiaolu 11/2/11 00:09

Mmm between my love for fried or caramelized onions and for savory tarts, this one is a sure winner in our household!

A Canadian Foodie 11/2/11 01:10

Is the bread crust traditional, too - or is this an adaptation of yours? Either way, I love it. It would be delicious, and so much more delicious with a bread type crust.

Raina 11/2/11 02:11

This looks so delicious. This would make such an impressive appetizer and I would love it even as a meal:)

Anonymous 11/2/11 04:29

A gorgeous tart, I like the herb crème fraîche and the cumin seeds here, nice!

Kate @ 11/2/11 05:27

Angie, I'm so glad you posted this because I am having some company over the weekend and they are from Germany, Hanover to be exact... and they are homesick! I can't wait to surprise them with this! Thank you for sharing!!

Monet 11/2/11 06:29

I adore onions...and I can just imagine how popular this would be at a dinner party I'm having in the near future. Yum! Thank you for sharing, sweetheart. I hope you have a wonderful Friday...and an even better weekend.

Angie's Recipes 11/2/11 06:52

@A Canadian Foodie
Traditionally it's prepared with yeast dough.

Jo 11/2/11 12:08

Some people would simply hate this if they are not into onions but oh not me! Bring it on .. the more the better I say! This looks so scrumptious.

Cheah 11/2/11 14:41

I think I can gobble this on its own. Love those onion rings! Great clicks too!

Cathy 11/2/11 15:18

What a delicious savory tart. I would love a slice any time of day. This would be perfect with a nice dinner salad. Wonderful pictures.

Joanne 11/2/11 15:46

Oh yum! It looks almost like a pizza! I love the onions on top.

Angela FRS 13/2/11 01:21

That looks luscious! I love savory tarts. Must try.

Mother Rimmy 13/2/11 06:20

I have a get together coming up that this would be perfect for! We do pizzas, but I think this recipe would fit right in.


denise @ bread expectations 14/2/11 03:08

I think I'm looking at my weekend brunch, and, I have both Riesling and Corbieres. Perfect!!!

Stella 14/2/11 15:29

Oh, Wow! This looks so hearty, Angie. I mean, golden onions and cheese on delicious looking bread like that-are there really many things better in this life (smile)?! Ooh, and that bottom photo is so appealing. It made me want a glass of oaky red wine with a piece of this. Yum!

OysterCulture 14/2/11 23:03

Wow, that just looks tasty and the perfect treat for just about any time. I love onion tarts and this one looks like it would top the list

Sandra 15/2/11 07:35

This is so delicious! I had some few years ago but yours look much better!
Don't tell my friend (wink):)))

Eva 15/2/11 08:47

What a delicious sounding tart! And so lovely, too! The smell of caramelizing onions is like heaven to me, I can only imagine how good the kitchen must smell when this is baking.

Ananda Rajashekar 15/2/11 19:27

oh how wonderful earthy flavour it would have been...looks heavenly!

Anonymous 17/2/11 00:56

This looks amazing!!! I love your posts. Thanks.

Magic of Spice 17/2/11 01:00

What a delicious and beautiful tart!

I'm Delicious... 19/2/11 17:57

Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

I also run a food blog and will be featuring your recipe this afternoon.

Dee 20/2/11 16:49

Oh, Angie! I have had something very similar to this in Austria years ago at a wine cellar. I cannot wait to try this! Bookmarking this recipe now! Bravo!

tobias kocht! 20/2/11 18:27

Looks fabulous. One of my all time favorites. So easy to make. I love it.

bakingbarb 28/2/11 07:07

A friend from Germany gave me a recipe for this years ago, while the recipes aren't quite the same yours looks fantastic also. Some of the most delicious food I've ever eaten.


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