Food was the last thing on my mind when my family visited Croatia in 2006. At the time, I was more concerned with discovering my family’s history. But, somewhere in between exploring the small town my grandfather was born in and meeting family members I never knew existed, I discovered what Croatian cuisine was all about. Having no expectations, I was pleasantly surprised.
Palatschinke, Croatia’s version of the crêpe, was one of my favorite discoveries . While strolling along the Adriatic, I had my first taste of palatschinke with Nutella from a small vendor in one of the towns on the island of Cres. Immediately, I was hooked.
Growing up, my Croatian heritage wasn’t one I identified with, not knowing anything about it. But, a few years ago, after a trip back to his home country with my dad, my grandfather opened up about his life and told my dad stories he had never before told. A few years later, my family took our first trip there, and I fell in love with the country in many ways. Not only were the island views stunning, but I felt a million miles away from home. To me, it was paradise, far away from stress and reality.
Palatschinke is Central Europe’s answer to the crêpe. A thin pancake filled with jam or Nutella, it’s the perfect snack anytime of day.
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water or club soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons melted butter
Jam and/or Nutella (my personal favorite)
1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and the eggs.
2. Gradually add in the milk and water/club soda stirring to combine.
3. Add the sugar, vanilla and butter; beat until smooth.
4. Let sit in refrigerator for at least an hour and up to 2 days.
5. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/8 cup for each crepe.
6. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly.
7. Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and cook the other side.
8. Spread with jam or Nutella and roll. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Colonia – Tako ti je mali moj
Pavel – Zbog Tebe
Jacques Houdek – Meni Za Ljubav
Mavi Kan – `ta Mi Fali