Croatian Selo Snack: Palačinke (Pancakes)

I’ve been eating palačinke for as long as I can remember. Some of my fondest memories eating food with family included waking up to these crispy thin sweets on a Sunday morning at Djedo Vido’s. My Baba Maria makes them too but Djed’s palačinke tasted as though they were blessed by the Virgin Mary herself.

I thought I’d share this snack tonight so that you’d have something to make for your Saturday morning breakfast. All my Balkan friends agree that there is nothing better on this Earth.

The following serves as many people who can eat 6 palačinke in one go (in my case just me).

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs (bonus points for local, free range)
  • 1/4 cup Selo Oils Croatian extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup goat or whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large tablespoon cottage cheese (to hold it all together)

Method:

  • Put everything into a bowl and whisk until batter is light and fluffy
  • Bring stove top element to medium heat
  • Pour batter into frying pan until the entire pan is covered (Our palačinke are kind of gimped in the pictures below. They should be a lot larger and thinner. Pa što ćeš.)
  • Flip when golden brown
  • It’s so easy!

Finishing:

Rosehip jam is best. I highly recommend this as this is the most common way to eat palačinke on the Dalmatian coast!

But feel free to get creative. If you want something sweeter go with apricot, strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry jams. For savory flavors, I’d recommend goat cheese spread, raw garlic or straight up extra virgin olive oil.

If you LOVE real extra virgin olive oil as much as I do, consider purchasing some of my own hand-picked, first cold pressed, extra virgin liquid gold, direct from my family farm in Croatia.

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