Letterboxing and Flammkuchen

It was raining heavily this morning, the birds were splashing in the bird bath and munching on peanuts, and it felt like a perfectly lazy day. I went back to bed.

An hour later, I noticed the sky had turned blue.

Pete finished off some chores – fixing some tiles in the kitchen – and we packed or bags for another letterbox adventure.

This time we headed for Patterdale. We parked up in the village and started the walk up to Boredale Hawse, passing some disgustingly beautiful houses. :mrgreen:

Autumn sunshine near Ullswater
Autumn sunshine near Ullswater

The walk was lovely, very quiet with some amazing views. We headed for Beda Head and quite quickly found the letterbox (no clues here!!).

Laetitia  at a new letterbox!
At a new letterbox
<i>Larry Sheep</i> (shouldn't that be <i>Lamb</i>?) Letterbox stamp
Larry Sheep (shouldn't that be Lamb?) Letterbox stamp

Lake District Letter Boxes Complete โ€“ 4 of 90.

On the walk back we heard some amazing sounds coming from the valley. We’re sure it was rutting stags! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ We couldn’t see them, so after a while we carried on home.

Once back at home I decided we needed a pre-dinner treat ( ๐Ÿ˜Ž ), so I made some of the Flammkuchen we’d enjoyed so much back in Germany. I decided a combination of recipes from the internet and from Rick Steine give the best results…


  • 150 g strong flour
  • 1 tsp easy blend yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 125 ml hand hot water
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Make the dough, knead for 5 mins, and leave to rise.


  • 4 tbsp creme fraise
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 125 g lardons (or streaky bacon finely chopped)

Pre-heat oven to highest temperature.
Roll out the dough thinly and put on greased baking sheet. Prick base.
Mix creme fraise and nutmeg, then spread on to base.
Cover with the onion and bacon/lardons.
Sprinkle a little olive oil over, then put in oven for 15 mins.

Eat warm with a nice cold glass of white wine. :yum: :yum:

Flammkuchen and white wine -yummy!
Flammkuchen and white wine -yummy!

Series - Lakeland Letterboxes

  1. Lakeland Letterboxes
  2. Letterboxing and Flammkuchen
  3. Navigation Practice
  4. Three More Sunny Days
  5. Grizedale Letterboxing
  6. Wansfell Letterbox
  7. More Grizedale Letterboxes
  8. Helvellyn Letterboxes
  9. Martindale Letterboxes
  10. Coniston Coppermines Letterboxes
  11. Walna Scar Road
  12. Summer Evenings
  13. Letterboxes, Birthdays, Climbing Wall & eBay star
  14. Charmer’s Grave
  15. Lingmoor Tarn
  16. Holme Fell Scramble and Letterboxing
  17. Barrow Door Letterboxing

9 thoughts on “Letterboxing and Flammkuchen”

  1. Great recipe, but you’re overlooking a vital element to ensure authenticity – you’re not drinking your wine by the pint!

    (We don’t have a sozzled emoticon do we?!)

      1. I only spotted the sarcy one recently – must remember to use it more often. Shouldn’t be difficult with my memory :sarcy:

        I guess it’d have to be a cross eyed ๐Ÿ™„ , with ๐Ÿ™‚ to keep it simple?

  2. I just stumbled upon your blog from Google and I’m really enjoying reading about your adventures. I’m sitting here in my office living vicariously through you ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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