Potato cake Döppekuchen

Hearty dishes from the oven

In the Rhineland, Döbbekuchen or Döpekooche is one of the traditional dishes. Grated potatoes are baked in the oven together with smoked bacon (Dürrfleisch). A cast-iron pot “en Döpp” is usually used for this.

The originally simple dish (as in our recipe) is modified in many ways depending on the region and family. For example, 3 layers of potatoes are used, and in between they are topped with the ends of the mead and bacon.
This meal is eaten in the northern Rhineland-Palatinate and southern North Rhine-Westphalia.

A similar dish with the same basic ingredients exists in Saarland and is called Schales. It is also an integral part of Saarland cuisine.

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Recipe Potatoe Cake, Doeppekooke

A potato cake from the rhineland.
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Course: main dish
Cuisine: Rhineland
Keyword: Hearty
Difficulty: Experienced
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients & Shopping list

  • 1,5 kg potatoe
  • 100 g streaky bacon
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 onions
  • 1 tbsp potato starch
  • salt, pepper
  • oil for pot


  • Peel the potatoes and grate them coarsely with a grater. Then place in a sieve for 5 to 10 minutes so that the moisture can drain off.
  • Grate the peeled onions as well.
  • Add the spices, eggs, onions and potato starch to the potatoes and mix well.
  • Brush an ovenproof dish with oil. Line the bottom and sides with thinly sliced strips of bacon. Then pour in the potato mixture and drizzle with a little oil.
  • Bake in the preheated oven at 200°C for 90 minutes on the middle shelf. Bake for a further 30 minutes on the lower rack.
  • Leave the cake to rest in the tin for 10 minutes before cutting.

Tips & Hints

The potato cake is classically served with apple sauce or apple compote. But it also goes well with a mixed salad.
If you have some left over the next day, you can cut the cake into thick slices and fry them in a pan until crispy on both sides.
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