Biedenkopf is a spa town in Hessen, Central Germany, near Marburg. Ringed by mountains, it is located on the upper reaches of the river Lahn.

Every 7 years, the town holds the „Grenzgang“ in which people walk around the borders of the town’s forest. The Kartoffelbraten – or popularly the Brott – is a local culinary custom which has grown out of the autumn potato harvest. In many places in the forest, traditionally in early autumn, the tasty tuber is cooked in the glow of a heap of charcoal made from freshly felled beechwood. The unpeeled potato tastes best with butter, salt, liverwurst, and salad. For the Biedenkopfer Kartoffelbraten, 3 kinds of salad are traditionally served: radish salad, onion salad and herring salad.

Regional German Food: Pickert. It’s a flat, fried or baked…

Regional German Food: Pickert. It’s a flat, fried or baked potato dish from Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany, featuring something between a flattened dumpling and a pancake. It comes as a Pfannenpickert the size of a pan, a rectangular Kastenpickert, or a palm-sized regular Pickert. The main ingredients are grated potatoes, flour, milk, eggs, yeast, salt, sugar, oil, and often raisins. 3 large potatoes produce 10–15 palm-sized pickerts, enough for 4–5 people.

They’re a specialty of the district of Lippe, where they developed from a traditional meal for the poorer people. In times past, they were eaten as breakfast or lunch by farmers, too, being a cheap but very nourishing dish, as would be required of food for a day’s work in the fields. They are now served spread with sugar beet syrup, butter, plum jam or Leberwurst (liver sausage). A related dish, Lappenpickert, is found in the regions towards Münster and the Ruhr Area. It does not usually contain raisins and yeast, but may have a dash of sweet cream added. There, it’s usually baked in rather thin pancakes on a griddle greased with a side of lard, and eaten with the same spreads as the Lippe Pickerts, or with smoked fish or cold cuts of meat.