Czech Potato Pancakes

Makes 8 pancakes Colomba

In the Czech Republic people enjoy these tender potato-based pancakes (known as lochse) filled with plum jam and poppy seeds and served with a glass of milk as a snack or filled with boiled red cabbage and chopped roast chicken or duck for a meal.

  • 1 pound Colomba potatoes (approximately 2 large potatoes)
  • 1 to 1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3-4 tablespoons of your favorite jam
  1. Place potatoes in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook potatoes until tender when pierced with a knife. Drain and let cool completely (this step can be done a day ahead). Peel potatoes and finely grate them into a bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup of flour and the salt to the grated potatoes and knead with your hands until the dough is smooth. If dough feels sticky add additional flour as needed.
  3. Turn dough out onto a floured surface, knead a few more times and shape into a log. Cut the log into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece out into an 8-inch circle.
  4. Preheat a heavy skillet to medium high heat. Add one pancake at a time to the dry skillet and fry on each side until nicely browned. Remove from pan and generously brush the top with melted butter while hot. Stack the pancakes on a dinner plate as you finish cooking them to keep them warm.
  5. For a snack as shown in the photo, spread pancakes with jam, roll or fold up, and serve warm.