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crispy potato cakes

I’m aiming to set a new personal record here folks. My shortest post (which, by no accident, follows my  l o n g e s t  of yesterday.)

This has to be THE simplest recipe. And THE crispiest little tater cake you ever bit into. Not fatty, not greasy, not complicated, not messy. (4 ingredients, if you count salt and pepper.) Just what a (German) potato cake ought to be (even if it did come straight out of my favorite little French cookbook.)

Cream takes the place of butter here and holds everything together (no eggs, no flour) and is less greasy than butter would be. These are BAKED in the oven, not fried…imagine the clean-up you won’t be doing.

Crispy Potato Cakes

makes about 8 potato cakes

1 pound (450 g) potatoes, such as Yukon Gold (or russets) peeled and grated

¼ cup (60 mL) heavy cream

Salt & Pepper

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NOTE: If you like a lacy cake, it works best to grate the potato on a box grater, holding the potato lengthwise so you get long shreds. Using a food processor will be faster, but you’ll have short shreds which will form a more compact cake.

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). If you have a non-stick baking sheet, use that, lightly oiled: otherwise generously oil a regular baking sheet. Drop the shredded potatoes into the center of a clean kitchen towel. Wring the towel tightly over a sink to remove as much moisture as practical. Spill the potatoes into a bowl and pour in the cream and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  Stir with a fork til blended. Spoon the mixture into about 8 small pancakes onto the baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes. Flip and bake another 10. Check on their golden brownness. Another 5 minutes may be needed. Keep warm on a serving platter until serving.

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You may like this with sour cream and applesauce. (Very German.)

Or you may like to alter the flavor of the cake with the addition of fresh herbs (tarragon or thyme are good!), green onion, or a touch of nutmeg.

These crispy cakes compliment all sorts of main courses for dinner, or serve them with eggs for breakfast.

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This recipe gratefully borrowed from Laura Calder’s French Taste ~ Elegant Everyday Eating

38 Comments Post a comment
  1. These look delicious!

    October 15, 2012
    • spree #

      yip, have to say, they are! thanks for commenting!

      October 15, 2012
  2. carolyn #

    What a lot of nourishment is in that hand…
    I’m gonna do the yukons, with box grater, and go for lacy!
    Then I’m going to dip them into Spree’s plum chutney!!

    October 15, 2012
    • spree #

      You are brilliant, you are! Chutney! mmm

      October 15, 2012
  3. Fabulous! This recipe will be a special treat this coming weekend.

    October 15, 2012
  4. So pretty, spree.. is that a little German apron I see on you in the background? And new linens.. I would have a trunk full of kitchen stuff if I ever get back to Europe.. you must have seen so many cute little shops!! Love the recipe.. and I know my family will:) xx Smidge xx

    October 15, 2012
    • Yes, a sweet little German apron…;) next time I go Smidge, I’m carrying an empty suitcase! (though I really do like your trunk idea…..) honestly, there seems to be no end to the cuteness in the shops and at the open markets! xox

      October 16, 2012
      • Linens and spices (and scarves!) were easy to bring back…but everything else just got admired (and admired!) and that seems good for the soul too. 🙂

        October 16, 2012
  5. I love your clothes and styling, as well as this delicious looking recipe! Potato pancakes are some of my faves from childhood. Xoxo

    October 15, 2012
    • Thank you Ashley! It was the way we used up those lefover mashed potatoes (when Ali hadn’t polished them off…did that Ever happen? 🙂 ) these are quite different, but nummy all the same! Xoxo

      October 16, 2012
  6. Ali #

    Yes, please!!!!!
    And by the way, that’s right up there with one of the cutest aprons, ever!! Was that a European find?!

    October 15, 2012
    • The aprons awesome isn’t it? Actually got that in Bavaria my first trip there. Guess I’ve been holding out on you, eh? xx

      October 16, 2012
  7. Very neat idea. Potato cakes are a favourite of mine and these ones have a very good look to them:)

    October 15, 2012
  8. Potatoes are one of the major food groups, right? Well my teenage boys think so and I think I would have to quadruple your recipe just to stay ahead of the game. I adore your cute little apron in the background. Take Care, bAM

    October 15, 2012
    • Yes! And yes! And I’ve got to say, I love this little apron too! 🙂 have a great day!

      October 16, 2012
  9. They look delicious and easy! I will offer these to my family today for lunch as a side dish. Thanks a lot for the recipe, Antoinette 🙂

    October 16, 2012
    • Bon appetit! Hope you all enjoy as much as we do!

      October 16, 2012
  10. They look amazing, I am so hungry and could eat these right now, thanks for sharing!

    October 16, 2012
  11. Delicious!! Loving the idea of baking them too!

    October 16, 2012
  12. pete clemente #

    Ausgezeichnet! One of my favorite things. Thank you Spree!

    October 16, 2012
    • Gesundheit! 😉 Glad you liked, Pete!

      October 16, 2012
  13. pete clemente #

    Are you wearing a bavarian Dirndl in that shot?

    October 16, 2012
    • Ja, shore! Naturlich! 🙂

      October 16, 2012
  14. jim.callas@gmail.com #

    Yummy!!! One of my favorite things!!!

    October 16, 2012
  15. Love the Potato – this looks so delicious – YUM:) Have a Great One!

    October 16, 2012
  16. Crispy potatoes – can’t go wrong with those! I love how simple this recipe is just on it’s own, and the potential for dressing it up, should one choose.

    October 16, 2012
    • I like that too Mar, thanks! 🙂

      October 22, 2012
  17. Fabulous, but don´t know if I loved your pinny or the potato cakes more!

    October 17, 2012
    • 🙂 (Tanya, I know you – you’ve got to love the pinny more!)

      October 22, 2012
  18. I adore potato pancakes, but you’re so right, the disaster they make of the kitchen renders them almost not worth it! Excited to give your baked versions a try. And nothing wrong with a short post, or a long post. It’s nice to have the freedom to do either!

    October 18, 2012
    • My thoughts, ‘zactly! Thanks Erina!

      October 22, 2012
  19. My daughter loves the potato cakes they serve at a little cafe here and I can’t wait to make these for her
    P.S. I just LOVE the pictures Ani!
    The colors, styling and that apron!

    October 20, 2012
    • Sawsan, thank you! When my girls were little I’d make potato pancakes with left over mashed potatoes. They adored them! If I’d served these to them then, I’m not sure they’d have loved them quite as much. And now I’ll never know, so if you try them on your daughter, let me know ok? And the apron – I know – how can you not love the apron? 🙂

      October 22, 2012
  20. nailazhf #

    Reblogged this on Enjoy What Enjoys You and commented:
    ini mah bakwan

    October 21, 2012
  21. I haven’t had potato cakes since I was a child – it’s high time I changed that!

    Gorgeous photos – as always!!

    October 21, 2012
    • thank you sweet movita!

      October 22, 2012

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