Croatian-Serbian Sweet Cheese Palacinke


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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 12 pancakes
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
628 Calories
31g Fat
59g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 628
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 312mg 104%
Sodium 862mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 280mg 22%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 405mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Croatian-Serbian palačinke are thin crepe-like pancakes. When they are filled with jam, fruit, or sweet or cheeses and rolled, they are still known as palacinke (blintzes).

Hungarians call crepes palacsinta, in Poland, they are called naleśniki, Lithuanians call them naliesnikai, Ukrainians call them nalysnyky, and in Romanian, it's clatita. In Croatia, Croatian palačinke is popular. There is very little difference in the basic recipe, so this palačinke batter recipe will suffice for all.


Palačinke Batter:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 cup whole milk

Sweet Cheese Filling:


  • 8 ounces sour cream

  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all the sweet cheese filling ingredients. Let it rest, covered and refrigerated, for 1 1/2 hours while you make the palačinke.

  2. In a blender or food processor, combine the batter ingredients until smooth. Transfer to a pitcher, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes so the liquid can be absorbed by the flour.

  3. Using a 2-ounce ladle, portion out batter into a nonstick skillet that has been coated with equal parts butter and oil. Rotate pan and swirl batter until it covers the entire bottom of the pan. Cook until lightly brown or spotted brown on the underside. Turn and cook the second side until light brown. See these step-by-step crepe-making instructions for more assistance.

  4. Remove to waxed paper or parchment paper and repeat with remaining batter, separating palačinke with waxed paper or parchment. At this point, palačinke can be used immediately or wrapped and frozen up to one month.

  5. Place 2 heaping tablespoons filling on one edge of each palačinke and roll away from yourself.

  6. Heat oven to 350 F. Place filled palačinke on a buttered or parchment-lined baking sheet. Combine all topping ingredients, mixing well, and spread on top of filled palačinke. Bake 20 minutes.