Croatian-Serbian Sweet Cheese Palacinke

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Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
792 Calories
46g Fat
52g Carbs
42g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 792
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 20g 98%
Cholesterol 758mg 253%
Sodium 1135mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 42g
Calcium 391mg 30%
*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 palacinke 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 them 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 palacinke batter recipe will suffice for all.


  • Palacinke Batter:
  • 1 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup milk (whole)
  • Sweet Cheese Filling:
  • 1 pound cottage cheese
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs (slightly beaten)
  • Topping:
  • 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 palacinke.

  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 palacinke with waxed paper or parchment. At this point, palacinke can be used immediately or wrapped and frozen up to 1 month.

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

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