Käsfladen

I discovered Käsfladen recently, on Karin’s food blog, The Austrian Dish. According to Karin, it’s a specialty from the mountainous western part of Austria.

In my mind, it’s like a cross between flamiche and focaccia, since the topping is a mixture of cheese, onions, and egg, but the dough is yeasted.

The cheese is the most important aspect to making Käsfladen; actually not less than three different cheeses. Recommended are Emmentaler, a mature mountain aged cheese, and one called Räßkäße – a spicy cheese from Vorarlberg in Switzerland.

This recipe was so intriguing to me, and I was a little bummed out not having discovered this specialty food while in Austria, but Karin said that it’s mostly sold at bakeries.

Well, then I knew I’d have to make it myself, although there was little chance of duplicating the cheeses, sadly.

Käsfladen
serves 2

150 grams flour
1 teaspoon instant yeast
Approximately 2 fluid ounces warm water
Pinch of salt
1 large onion
150 grams 3 different cheeses
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
White pepper

Knead the flour, salt, yeast and warm water together to make a smooth dough. (I added a tablespoon of olive oil and a little more flour.) Let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.

In the meantime, chop the onion; set aside.

Grate the cheeses. I used Emmentaler, Gruyere, and Sternenberger Bergkase, from left to right.

Mix the onion with the grated cheese, the egg, milk, and pepper.

Spread the dough in a shallow greased baking dish like a gratin pan.

Cover with the onion and cheese mixture.

Place the dish in a cold oven, and bake at 180 degrees C for about 35 minutes. The top should be lightly golden.

Serve with a salad.

Obviously, I made a tomato salad, and it was a lovely pairing.

The Käsfladen is spectacular. I love the onions in it, as well as the white pepper, but the cheeses are wonderful. You can taste each one of them.

 

By Published On: May 25th, 201861 Comments

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!

61 Comments

  1. Gerlinde de Broekert May 25, 2018 at 6:54 AM - Reply

    Mimi, you are really posting some different and great recipes. I remember eating Käsefladen in the alps using their flavorful cheeses . The cows eat all the wonderful herbs in the high county.

    • chef mimi May 25, 2018 at 7:02 AM - Reply

      Ah yes, those are some happy cows that make delicious cheese! I always try to make different dishes because that’s what keeps me going in the kitchen. All my husband wants is lean meat and vegetables in any case, which gets extremely boring for me!

  2. Ron May 25, 2018 at 6:56 AM - Reply

    Looking forward to making this one. An old friend from Vienna used to make these as an appy and I loved them. Thanks for the recipe.

    • chef mimi May 25, 2018 at 7:03 AM - Reply

      Little squares of this would make a lovely appetizer, except that I’d probably eat too many!!! It’s a great recipe.

  3. Kelly, RD May 25, 2018 at 7:09 AM - Reply

    I love your recipes! I’m always up for trying new foods from different countries!

    • chef mimi May 25, 2018 at 7:40 AM - Reply

      Thank you Kelly! That’s what I have been doing for my 40 years of cooking! That’s why my motto is, “so much food, so little time!”

  4. Anonymous May 25, 2018 at 8:35 AM - Reply

    We are headed to this area of Europe later this year. Can’t wait to look for this. In the mean time I will make your recipe 😘

    • chef mimi May 25, 2018 at 8:38 AM - Reply

      Cool! It’s really wonderful, even without the 3 exact cheeses, and fun served with a salad.

  5. cookingwithauntjuju.com May 25, 2018 at 8:48 AM - Reply

    Cheese (3 kinds) – onions – dough; great combination. Reminds me of a quiche!

    • chef mimi May 25, 2018 at 7:34 PM - Reply

      Yes, except for the pizza crust, and no cream. Very unique!

  6. Sarah Walton May 25, 2018 at 10:30 AM - Reply

    Sounds lovely! Like a haloumi pie but so much better. Wish I’d come across them in Austria

    • chef mimi May 25, 2018 at 7:39 PM - Reply

      Well, kind of! That’s exactly what I told Karin!

  7. Bill May 25, 2018 at 12:51 PM - Reply

    I love the old-world simplicity of this dish. It looks like the only difficulty is finding the right, good cheese — and I love an adventure. If you’re ever find yourself in Kansas City, you might try Grünauer, lovely Austrian restaurant that I’m spoiled by :).

    • chef mimi May 25, 2018 at 7:40 PM - Reply

      Yes, I worked really hard to get the closest possible cheeses. This is definitely peasant food, which is often too bland for me, even I hold it in high regard, but this was a fun recipe.

  8. Kiki May 25, 2018 at 4:40 PM - Reply

    Austrian and German/Sawbian cuisine have similar recipes, and this one is like a version of our onion cake (Zwiebelkuchen). The 3 cheeses are an interesting difference.

    • chef mimi May 25, 2018 at 7:42 PM - Reply

      Oh! I’ll have to look into that! I gues Zwiebel means onion!

  9. Fran @ G'day Souffle' May 25, 2018 at 5:01 PM - Reply

    It’s interesting to see the differences (and similarities) between Quiche and your recipe. Käsfladen uses yeast in the crust while quiche does not and Käsfladen appears to use less eggs, making it more like a cake. I’ll be bookmarking this one for sure!

    • chef mimi May 25, 2018 at 7:43 PM - Reply

      But there’s also no cream, so the eggs just bind the onions. More like a pizza dough definitely. Really unique, at least for me, and very good!

  10. Karin, theaustriandish May 26, 2018 at 3:44 AM - Reply

    It looks great! – Congratulations!

    • chef mimi May 26, 2018 at 3:43 PM - Reply

      Thank you so much for telling us all about it! It’s so good.

  11. Frank Fariello May 27, 2018 at 6:09 AM - Reply

    Sounds lovely! I live in Austria for a few years back in the day, but I must admit, I didn’t run into this dish. Of course, I was in Vienna and should have gotten out more… ;-)

    • chef mimi May 27, 2018 at 7:34 AM - Reply

      Karin said that this is typically sold in bakeries, which seems unfortunate! And it’s so easy to make!

  12. Healthy World Cuisine May 27, 2018 at 7:32 AM - Reply

    This looks spectacular! A kind of recipe delicious for any time of the day! Wishing you a super weekend.

    • chef mimi May 27, 2018 at 7:35 AM - Reply

      It’s quite unique and really good. Plus so easy to make. Happy Memorial weekend to you Bobbi!

  13. Rini May 27, 2018 at 5:12 PM - Reply

    I also regret not being able to try all their specialties due to lack of time in Austria, cheese included. However, even if you didn’t get to use the specialty cheese, I’m sure this turned out great. :)

    • chef mimi May 27, 2018 at 6:09 PM - Reply

      Yes, I actually got pretty close with the cheeses, it just would have been fun to locate all of them.

  14. marcellinaincucina May 27, 2018 at 5:29 PM - Reply

    This is my kind of food – yeast dough AND cheese! I’m hoping to get to Austria next year! I will definitely look out for this. Drooling!

    • chef mimi May 27, 2018 at 6:08 PM - Reply

      I hope you find it! It’s very good!

  15. Ariasmith May 28, 2018 at 4:47 AM - Reply

    This kasfladen looks pretty special and yummy too! Thanks for sharing.

    • chef mimi May 28, 2018 at 6:40 AM - Reply

      I liked that it’s so unique, but also really good!

  16. Anonymous May 28, 2018 at 5:47 AM - Reply

    You had me at cheese😀…..combined with onion and dough, this dish sounds delightful!

    • chef mimi May 28, 2018 at 6:39 AM - Reply

      Exactly! Really unique as well.

  17. David May 28, 2018 at 10:39 AM - Reply

    Love this! I know I can get Gruyère and Emmentaler, but what will I find for the third? Definitely want to make this soon!

    • chef mimi May 28, 2018 at 11:52 AM - Reply

      Thank goodness for online ordering! I think I used Murray’s Cheese in NYC.

  18. Susan@savoringtimeinthekitchen May 28, 2018 at 11:43 AM - Reply

    Something I’ve never tried but it sounds delicious. How can you not love cheese living in Wisconsin? :)

    • chef mimi May 28, 2018 at 11:52 AM - Reply

      Right!!! Do. You own a cheese head hat?!!

  19. David @ Spiced May 29, 2018 at 6:48 AM - Reply

    I must admit that I’ve never heard of kasfladen before, but it sounds amazing! I love making bread, and the addition of those cheeses would take this one over the top. Putting it on my list of things to try soon! :-)

    • chef mimi May 29, 2018 at 12:59 PM - Reply

      I loved it because there’s no filling. The egg just binds the onion and cheeses. There’s nothing quite like it!

  20. neil@neilshealthymeals.com May 29, 2018 at 10:39 AM - Reply

    I actually started reading this thinking “I don’t recognize this from my time spent in Austria” (I have a cousin there that I go and see occasionally) but then you answered the question I was thinking “it’s mostly sold at bakeries”. Ah, so that will have been why. We never visited any bakeries! Next time I visit Austria I am going to ask that we visit a bakery, just so that I can try this! Or either that if I get the time I really should try the recipe as it doesn’t look too difficult. Thanks Mimi.

    • chef mimi May 29, 2018 at 12:58 PM - Reply

      That is strange, though, isn’t it?!! I mean, I can see buying croissants at a bakery because those are a little involved to make from scratch. But kasfladen is easy, especially if you have dough experience. Odd.

  21. canelakitchen May 29, 2018 at 1:47 PM - Reply

    Looks absolutely delicious, is a nice recipe!

    • chef mimi May 29, 2018 at 2:06 PM - Reply

      It was really good!

  22. Ilze May 29, 2018 at 2:04 PM - Reply

    Looking forward to making this one! Is it ok to skip onion? My husband don’t like onions….

    • chef mimi May 29, 2018 at 2:05 PM - Reply

      Oh no! Well, that’s probably a significant part of this, but you’ll enjoy it still!

      • Ilze May 29, 2018 at 2:08 PM

        I think I’ll try to make 50/50 :D Thank you for the recipe!

  23. heather (delicious not gorgeous) May 29, 2018 at 10:40 PM - Reply

    cheesey, oniony bread?! yes, please!

    • chef mimi May 30, 2018 at 6:32 AM - Reply

      I know!

  24. kitchenriffs May 30, 2018 at 9:32 AM - Reply

    I’ve never heard of this! So I certainly haven’t had it. Sounds terrific — who can resist cheesy bread? Really nice recipe — thanks.

    • chef mimi May 30, 2018 at 11:24 AM - Reply

      Exactly!

  25. camparigirl May 31, 2018 at 8:28 PM - Reply

    I had never heard of it – looks fantastic. Something I would serve in a heartbeat

    • chef mimi June 1, 2018 at 7:25 AM - Reply

      Exactly. And perfect, just like a quiche, with a green or tomato salad for lunch.

  26. ingoodflavor June 2, 2018 at 2:09 PM - Reply

    I love finding recipes from other parts of the world. This looks delicious!! And with that top layer of eggs, onion, and cheese you can’t go wrong.

    • chef mimi June 3, 2018 at 4:09 PM - Reply

      It’s really fabulous!

  27. Jeff the Chef June 2, 2018 at 5:33 PM - Reply

    Sounds delicious! I’m a huge Emmentaler fan, and I’m a carboholic, so this is for me, for sure. I love the tomato salad that you paired it with.

    • chef mimi June 3, 2018 at 12:20 PM - Reply

      Thank you. This was really unique and delicious!

  28. Karen June 3, 2018 at 2:35 PM - Reply

    I’ve never had it during our travels to Austria…it sounds very good. I agree with Kiki that it reminds me a little of Zwiebelkuchen that I’ve had in Germany.

    • chef mimi June 21, 2018 at 5:58 PM - Reply

      I never say it either, and we were in Austria for a week. Not that it’s very long…

  29. Emma June 4, 2018 at 3:16 PM - Reply

    I haven’t heard of this bread before but looking at it I need it in my life. Lovely recipe :)

    • chef mimi June 4, 2018 at 7:38 PM - Reply

      You definitely do!

  30. Kate Scullery September 16, 2018 at 1:31 AM - Reply

    Delicious! Love anything with cheese:)

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