Flamiche aux Poireaux – Leeks in a Bread Crust

Elaine Douglas

By
@BreadandSoupLady

This is a wonderful special occasion dish. The flamiche makes a spectacular presentation. The bread is delicate, light and buttery and delicious. You an easily make half the recipe if your group is smaller. If you make half the recipe use one whole egg instead of trying to halve one egg plus one yolk.
The end product looks much more complicated than it is. It is especially easy if you use a bread maker. You make the bread manually if you like.
You could personalize the basic recipe by substituting other vegetables like red peppers or whatever you like.


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Serves:

16 for lunch or 24 for appetizers

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

30 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

BREAD DOUGH - PLACE IN BREAD PAN IN ORDER. USE DOUGH SETTING ON BREAD MACHINE.

1 1/4 c
( 300 ml) milk
1 c
(250 gms) butter, room temperature
2
eggs
1 1/2 tsp
salt
2 Tbsp
white sugar
4 c
unbleached white flour
1 Tbsp
active dry yeast

LEEK FILLING

1 1/2 lb
(750 grams) leeks
2 Tbsp
(30 grams) butter
1 1/2 tsp
dried thyme or sage
salt and pepper
2
egg yolks
1/3 c
heavy cream (or canned evaporated milk)

OR CHEESE FILLING – FLAMICHE AU FROMAGE

3/4 lb
cheese, shredded (strong flavoured)
1
egg
1
egg yolk
1/3 c
heavy cream
salt and pepper

WHILE DOUGH IS RISING PREPARE THE FILLING.

Directions Step-By-Step

1
LEEK FILLING
2
Trim leeks, discarding most of green tops, cut lengthwise and slice into ¼ inch slices. Wash thoroughly to remove any grit and drain in colander.
3
Melt butter in a medium pan, add the leeks with the thyme or sage, salt and pepper, and press a piece of foil on top. (Do not use lid of pan instead of foil. The leeks will brown.)
4
Cover with a lid and sweat the leeks over low heat until they are very tender, 20 to 30 minutes. Do not let them brown.
5
Butter two 10 inch spring form pans. When dough is ready, punch down and divide the dough in half and roll or pat a 15-inch circle from each half. (The dough will be very soft and floppy).
Line the pans with dough letting it drape over the rim of the pan.
Spread the leeks over the dough. Whisk egg yolks and cream with salt and pepper until mixed. Spoon this custard over the leeks. Fold the overhanging dough on top of the filling to half cover it, pleating it toward the center. Leave to rise in a warm place until almost doubled (20 to 30 minutes).
6
Set baking sheet on bottom rack in oven while heating to 400 degrees.
7
Bake the Flamiches until the crust is browned and starts pulling away from the sides of the pan; the filling should be set.
Allow 40-50 minutes baking time and, if in doubt, bake longer as the dough is slow to cook. If the top browns too quickly, cover loosely with foil.
Let Flamiches cool 5 minutes before unmolding.
8
Serve freshly baked and warm with a green salad alongside.
Definitely best on the first day.
9
Alternative to Leek filling -
Cheese filling:
Dice, slice or crumble cheese over bread dough after lining pans and before folding over edges. Top with the custard. Fold dough on top, let rise and bake as for Flamiche aux Poireaux.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: French
Other Tag: Heirloom