breakfast desserts

Croatian pancakes (palachinke) for brunch

June 14, 2015

My youngest son loves pancakes. He’s 9yrs old so of course he loves pancakes! It’s a regular weekend request – “Mum can you make Croatian pancakes?”. He loves that aspect of our heritage. So instead of my usual recipe I decided to see how John from he needs food makes them (his Croatian recipes are amazing). His recipe was pretty much the same as mine except that I don’t use soda water and add in a tablespoon of melted butter. I followed his recipe to the letter and the result was beautiful, light pancakes with just the right amount of sweet – yum!

By the way my son eats them just with lashings of melted butter.


Makes 15 (larger than a saucer, smaller than a bread n butter plate size)

3 eggs
1 cup milk
1/3 cup soda water
1 cup flour
3 tbsp caster sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
Butterfor frying

Beat the eggs with the milk and soda water, whisk in the flour, sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth. Leave to sit for 30 minutes.

Heat a knob of butter over a medium-hit heat in a small non-stick frying pan. Tip out the excess butter into a heatproof dish and put aside. You want to have an even spread of butter over the pan. Ladle in about 1/3 of a ladle of batter, tilt the pan to spread evenly. Cook until the edges are starting to lift then flip over and cook the other side. Between each pancake I brush some of the excess butter over the pan with a pastry brush.

Serve with berries and mascarpone and chopped pistachios.







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  • Reply john | heneedsfood June 15, 2015 at 12:01 am

    These look stunning, Sheryl! It’s been far too long since my last batch of palačinke were made, so you know what that means. Time to get cooking!

    Thanks for the shout out!

    • Reply sheryln June 15, 2015 at 7:54 am

      You’re welcome John!

  • Reply Nancy August 30, 2015 at 12:01 am

    OMG, my best friends mom used to make this for us whenever I slept over at her house and I absolutely LOVED them. I cannot wait to make these for my girls as they are breakfast fanatics. Thanks so much for posting these!

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