Baked Pancakes with Cottage Cheese are crepes stuffed with cottage or ricotta cheese + lemon zest filling and sour cream topping = Croatian Palachinka.
Croatian pancakes (palachinke) are stuffed and rolled crepes. Sparkling mineral water is used instead of butter or oil to make very light crepe batter. Stuffing can be simple, like apricot or rosehip jam, grated chocolate or ground walnuts. One of the most popular desserts in Croatia is Baked Pancakes with Cottage Cheese where crepes are stuffed with cottage cheese (or ricotta cheese) filling with lemon zest, topped with sour cream topping and then baked in the oven.
Traditionally, cottage cheese and sour cream are used in this recipe. I’ve tried it with ricotta cheese and whipping cream, too. There is not much difference whether you use cottage cheese or ricotta, but whipping cream does make this recipe a bit sweeter then sour cream. Anyway you go, you can’t be wrong.
If you have never tried anything similar, I recommend Baked Pancakes with Cottage Cheese with all my heart. Lemon zest and vanilla will fill your home with aroma that you won’t be able to resist.
Note: pictures show half batch pancakes recipe
- 250 g (0.5 lb; 2 cups) flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cup sparkling mineral water
- 1 tsp salt
- 500 g (1 lb) cottage cheese, or ricotta cheese
- 4 eggs
- 150 g (12 Tbsp; 5 oz.) sugar
- grated rind of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups sour cream or whipping cream, not whipped
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp sugar
BATTER: Mix eggs with salt. Gradually add flour, milk and mineral water. Mix until smooth. Let stand 30 minutes before cooking.
Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium high heat. Pour approximately 3 tablespoons of batter into the pan, swirling to coat the bottom of the pan evenly. Cook each side until the golden brown (about 2 minutes each side).
FILLING: In a bowl, mix eggs and sugar until foamy. Add cottage cheese, lemon rind and vanilla extract.
ASSEMBLE: Add 2 tablespoons of cheese mixture down the center to each crepe and roll up as you would an egg roll. Place them seam side down in an oiled 9 x 9 inch casserole dish. Continue doing that till the dish is full.
Mix cream with egg and sugar and pour over pancakes till they are all covered. Bake in 175 C (350 F) oven for about 25 minutes or until golden. Serve warm or cold.