Those pancakes are an instant reminder of my childhood. That's the way my Nana and my Dad make them. Also this is my Hubby's the favourite way of serving pancakes! It's not complicated and it's quite unusual. I have to admit that I've never seen any other nation which would prepare and serve pancakes this way - I might be wrong here, as I'm sure I haven't seen it all ;)
Back to the topic. I hope you'll try it one day. Don't be scared by the raw egg, as it will cook during frying (and reheating at the same time). Make sure you have it nice and crispy, as well as -> don't hold back with the butter! Those pancakes have to be sweet, creamy and very buttery :)
Polish style pancakes with that sweet cheese filling are perfect as a lunch or for an afternoon treat. You might thinking of serving them as an alternative to a dessert, but if you're doing so after a dinner one pancake will be plenty! They are quite filling :)
How to make it...
- a batch of thin, large pancakes (you can buy ready made - especially if you live in France or Canada, or you can find my recipe below)
- 2 cups cottage cheese (cream cheese will do to or you can try and make your own Polish white cheese)
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- butter for frying
- 1 teaspoon of cream or milk, if needed
Mix the egg yolk with the sugar and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved - your yolk will become thick and will have pale, almost white colour). Add the yolk-sugar mixture to your cheese, along with the vanilla extract and stir well. Try to aim for smooth consistency (if you're using a cream cheese or Polish twarozek that will be easy). If you think that your filling is too dry you can add a teaspoon of cream or milk, to make it smoother and easier to spread on a pancake.
Spread your cheese on a half of your pancake and close the pancake in half, close in half once again to create a little triangular. Heat the pan and melt the butter. Fry you triangular pancakes till golden brown, they will need only 2 minutes on each side (just to cook the egg). Make sure your pan isn't too hot, or your butter and pancakes will burn. Serve immediately.
If you like you can sprinkle them with a little bit of cinnamon :)
P.S. You can easily double or even treble the amount of ingredients needed for the filling, depending on how many pancakes you have and how many mouths to feed ;) The recipe for the filling is not very 'exact' as you can experiment with the amount of sugar or you can try and make it with 2 egg yolks rather than one - which will create a richer filling.
- 1 cup milk
- 2 cups flour
- 2 eggs
- some sugar (depends how sweet you want them)
- 1 tablespoon oil
Mix everything together so you have a nice dough, consistency of a smooth custard ;)
Pour on to the hot pan to have a very thin, big pancake and fry on both sides till nice and gold.
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