Here in Germany, in the region where I live, is now the only time of the year, when you can buy “new wine” which is an alcohol beverage – the product of fermented freshly pressed grape juice. Because of vineyards, which are literally everywhere around the village, I can buy this delicous beverage directly from the local winemakers
The tradition here is, to eat an onion cake called Zwiebelkuchen together with “new wine”. So it is not only the time of “Neuer Wein” but also the time of “Zwiebelkuchen”!
People bake it at home, bakerys, restaurants and cafés serve it, and you always get a glass of “new wine” with it!
This savory onion cake is similar to french quiché, and is originally prepared with a lot of animal products. So I had to make a vegan version! And as my german-almost-mother-in-law said: It tastes like the original!
For the dough:
250g of spelt or wheat flour
140ml of warm water
20g of fresh yeast
1/2 tsp of salt
2 tbsp of rapeseed oil
For the filling:
600g of yellow onions
1 red onion
200g of smoked tofu
300g of natural tofu
150 ml of water
3 tbsp of nutritional yeast
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
Let´s get started!
Mix all the ingredients for the dough in a bowl, and kneed it with your hands for 5 minutes. Then cover the dough with a clean towel and put aside.
Cut the smoked tofu in little pieces and let it marinate in a little amount of soy sauce. Peel the yellow onions and cut them into little pieces. Peel the red onion and cut into nice slices.
Put the natural tofu, water and nutritional yeast into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Then add salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste. Don´t be afraid to spice it up!
Now, fry the marinated tofu in a pan with oil, until it is golden and crunchy. Add the fried tofu to the tofu cream. Then, let the yellow onions sweat in a pan for 5 minutes. Add the onions to the tofu cream mixture.
Grease a round cake form with oil, and place the dough inside. Press the dough equally in the form and create an edge of 2cm high. Pour the tofu cream mixture into the form with dough and decorate it with the red onion slices. Preheat the oven to 200°C and bake it for 30-35 minutes. Enjoy it, when it is still warm!