Cookbook:Palatschinken (Czech/Austrian Crepes)

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Palatschinken (Czech/Austrian Crepes)
Category Czech recipes
Servings approx. 7 pieces
Time 20 min.

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes | Cuisine of Czechia | Cuisine of Austria

Palatschinken or Palačinky are flat round cakes, similar to pancakes, but with a different dough, and much thinner, also similar to the French crêpes, though again with a different dough and a little bit thicker.

They can be rolled with sweet and savory fillings (jam, vegetables, stews, mushrooms, cheese), they can be cut into thin stripes and put into broth, which is then called Frittatensuppe (roughly translatable as: soup soup of fried things) - Palatschinken are a very versatile dish.

The recipe originated in Czechia, but has been integrated very thoroughly into Austrian cooking. It possibly originates from Romania or Hungary given the etymology of the word. It's a tasty dish for any occasion.

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

  • 3 eggs
  • 250 ml milk
  • 150 g flour (wheat or spelt)
  • possibly some mineral water (which makes the dough more fluffy)
  • possibly some salt (yes, it makes even sweet dishes better as well)
  • to your own taste, some drops of rum

use a coated pan that is as flat as possible and has a diameter of about 25-30 cm

Procedure[edit | edit source]

  1. Mix the flour with the milk, stir thoroughly, then add the eggs one by one and stir them into the mixture separately.
  2. Heat the pan well,
  3. add a drop of oil, distribute it with a kitchen towel, put one dipperful of the dough into the pan, dip the pan so that the dough spreads as evenly as possible over the whole floor of the pan (alternatively you can use a special wooden tool, used for crepes, for spreading).
  4. Let bake until the top of the palatschinke is dry (should take about 45 seconds to a minute), then turn around carefully and
  5. let get brown on the other side as well (about 30 seconds max).
  6. restart at step 3 to produce the other palatschinken.

If you want to keep the palatschinken warm for use, put them into the oven at 50°C.

Variations[edit | edit source]

  • Add spices and/or herbs to the dough, according to the intended filling
  • Replace part of the milk with beetroot juice to produce bright pink palatschinken
  • Add spinach to the dough to produce green ones
  • Add saffron to produce golden ones
  • Filled palatschinken can be covered with cheese and baked

Alternative ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) Flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2/3 cup (160ml) of milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups (480ml) chopped fruit or whole berries of your choice
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp orange juice

Alternative procedure:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Strain the batter to get rid of lumps, then put in refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Brush 12 inch (30cm) pan with butter. Ladle batter onto pan as if making crepes. leave space for spreading.
  4. Cook for 1 minute on each side.
  1. Combine orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, and vanilla extract in medium saucepan. Bring to boil and add fruit.
  2. Put 2 tbsp fruit mixture on each crepes and fold over. sprinkle with powdered sugar and cinnamon.