I am a proud half-Croatian, which means even though I can’t speak a full sentence, I can still root for the soccer team and visit family on the beautiful Dalmatian coast. One of the biggest treats of growing up with a Croatian mother was the occasional palachinka (known as crepes to most) breakfast. This recipe comes from my grandmother, “Baka” in Croatian, who happened to celebrate her 85th birthday earlier this week. Baka’s recipe calls for seltzer or club soda, which gives the palachinka a perforated appearance. As I demonstrate above, the key technique for palachinka making is a tight roll and an even sprinkling of powdered sugar. Jam and nutella make the perfect filling for this classic Croatian breakfast.
- 1 cup flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1 TBS sugar
- 1 1/4cup milk
- 2 eggs
- Dash of vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup seltzer
- 1/4 cup canola oil for pan/skillet
- In a medium sized bowl, mix the dry ingredients. flour, salt, and sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.
- Whisk the wet mixture with the dry ingredients, being sure to add slowly or in couple of batches. After fully incorporated add the seltzer. It is important that it be added last! The palachinka batter should have the texture of melted ice cream. If it does not, adjust with extra milk or flour. You can refrigerate for 30 minutes and up to 24 hours or start cooking right away. A crepe pan is ideal for cooking, but a small skillet will also do.
- Heat the pan to medium-high and add about a teaspoon of oil. Swirl the oil around the pan.
- Lift the pan off the flame and pour about 1/4-1/3 cup of the batter to the center of the pan. Swirl the batter around until it covers the pan evenly. Cook on one side for 2 minutes and then flip with a silicone spatula or spoon (wooden spoon works well too, just don’t use anything with sharp edges!) and cook on the other side for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
Important note! Cooking time will get shorter and shorter as you go because the pan will get hotter. Adjust accordingly. Check out these visuals to study up on the swirling and flipping technique.
Serve with a variety of jams and ideally Nutella. Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top for a little flair and extra sweetness.
Details: Makes 8-10 crepes.