Croatian Palatschinke

Preparing the palatschinke with plum jam

Croatian Palatschinke

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.

Country: Croatia

The town of Cres, Croatia.

The town of Cres, Croatia.

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.

Dessert: palatschinke

Preparing the palatschinke with plum jam

Preparing the palatschinke with plum jam

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.

Ingredients

Ingredients for palatschinke

Ingredients for palatschinke

1 cup all purpose flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water or club soda
Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons melted butter
Jam and/or Nutella (my personal favorite)

Recipe

Palatschinke.

Palatschinke.

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.

Rolling the palatschinke.

Rolling the palatschinke.

Cooking Soundtrack

Colonia – Tako ti je mali moj
Pavel – Zbog Tebe
Jacques Houdek – Meni Za Ljubav
Mavi Kan – `ta Mi Fali

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Comments (11)

  1. Dallas

    Looks delicious! It does remind me of a crepe. Looks fairly easy to make as well. Thanks for sharing your recipe. I’ll have to save this and try it myself when I am at home.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I hope you try it…they are delicious! 🙂

  2. Monica Suma

    Hmmm, good to know. Going there soon. This looks so yummy, too!

    1. The World Wanderer

      You are going to love Croatia! Beautiful!

  3. Charu

    Yummy! How does it compare with crepes ?: )

    1. The World Wanderer

      They are very similar and just as delish! 😉

  4. Kay

    Wow, looks amazing! I’ll definitely need to try it once I can really figure out how to cook in my homestay!

    1. The World Wanderer

      They are so yummy! Hope you get to make them. Let me know if you do. 🙂

  5. Renuka

    A foodie like me simply can’t resist it! I can’t wait to try it myself now!

  6. Chasing the Donkey

    HELLOOO from a fellow GGI, and someone who LIVES in Croatia.

    I eat these damn tasty treats, way to often. We call them Palacinke, slightly different to the way you do, but I am sure just as good. If you ever need me to send you the vanilla sugar packets that really makes the babies siiiiiing, just shout and I’ll pop a few in the post.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I love that you are living in Croatia! We have my grandfather’s house there still and I’d love to live there for a part of the year. It’s such a special place.

      Yea, apparently there are a couple different spellings. They are so delicious, definitely a favorite of mine when in Croatia. I will definitely be in touch for those vanilla sugar packets!! Thanks! 🙂

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