Hungarian Sweet Pancakes (Palacsinta) Recipe

Sweet Pancakes
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  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 16 crepes (16 servings)
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Hungarian palascinta are paper-thin pancakes served rolled or folded into triangles with fruit fillings, ground nuts or whipped cream. When they are stacked to form a cake, it is called rakott palacsinta.

Palacsinta are similar to French crepes, Polish naleśniki and Croatian / Serbian palacinke, among others. This recipe is for sweet fillings. See this palacsinta recipe for a savory pancake.

What You'll Need

  • 3 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup club soda
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter

How to Make It

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, club soda and orange juice. Stir in flour, sugar, salt and vanilla to form a smooth batter.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon butter in an 8-inch skillet. Use a small ladle to add enough batter to coat bottom of the pan in a thin, even layer, rotating pan as needed to cover.
  3. Cook for 2 minutes on the first side and 1 1/2 minutes on the second side or until the pancake is lightly browned. Remove and keep warm while cooking the rest of the pancakes with the remainder of the butter and batter.
  1. Fill with any combination of fruit preserves, sugared ground nuts, whipped cream and fresh fruit, pie filling, etc., and roll or fold into triangles. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve with a dollop of whipped cream, a grating of chocolate, or a fruit, custard or chocolate sauce, if desired.