One of my favorite recipes to make for my family that my mom always made for me growing up was Palascinta, Hungarian crepes. It’s a family tradition that my Nana made for my mom when she was a little girl too. We fill our crepes with a delicious cottage cheese filling. I love making this dish as a special treat for my family, as both Jarrett and Jack love it when I make these crepes. Now Jack is getting really excited when I cook, so he really got into helping me with this dish.
Palascinta – Cottage Cheese Crepes
1 1/3 cup of milk
2 tbsp oil or melted butter
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 750g container of cottage cheese
1/4 cup of sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
In a bowl, combine the eggs and milk. Ever since Jack started helping me cook in the kitchen, he has been super excited everytime I start a new dish. I had jack crack the eggs for me – he’s getting so good at opening eggs now! – pour the milk into the bowl, and then attempt to stir everything together. He doesn’t do a very good job stirring yet, so I finished stirring everything together.
Next, slowly pour the flour and sugar into the milk and egg mixture. It’s important to make sure you stir while you pour so that you get the lumps of flour out of the mixture. You really don’t want lumpy crepes.
Once you have your batter made, pour about half a cup of the mixture into a crepe pan on low heat. Make sure you grease the pan with oil or butter so that the crepe doesn’t stick. The amount of batter can vary, depending if you want a thicker or thinner crepe, but the trick to spreading it out is to pour the batter at the 12 o’clock position, with the handle at the 3 o’clock position, and then move the batter in a clockwise rotation, attempting to cover the whole pan. You probably won’t get it your first try, but keep at it! Practice makes perfect. And it all goes to the same place, right?
Flip the crepe once you get your preferred brownness. I like mine a little more brown, and Jarrett likes his a little more blonde. It’s totally up to you!
While the crepe is cooking, you can start on the filling. Empty the container of cottage cheese into a bowl with the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir it together and it’s done! This is also something I get Jack to help me with.
While I don’t get Jack to help me with the cooking of the crepe because he’s still too young, I do get him involved with putting the filling into the crepe. I like to do two or three heaping tablespoons, but Jack does about four or five small spoons. He really loved scooping and snacking on the cottage cheese. It’s really delicious!
Once you have the cottage cheese spread out along the crepe, take one edge of the crepe, and roll it onto itself until you have a burrito looking crepe.
Once the crepes are rolled, it’s bon appetite! I like to top my crepes with fruit and syrup. Jack loves them and can’t get enough of the crepes!