Introduction: Nalesniki- Traditional Polish Crepes With Cheese Filling

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Nalesniki are traditional Polish crepes that can be filled with a sweet cheese filling or fruit preserves. My family makes Nalesniki for the holidays and servers them as a dessert but they also make for a great breakfast! 

Nalesniki (makes about 20)

Pancake:
3 cups unbleached flour
2 eggs
1 cup milk
2.5-3 (+) cups water
2 tsp sugar
pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in pot with a handle. Use mixer on medium speed until all ingredients are combined. Keep adding water until the mix is thick but runny (like heavy cream).

Heat an omelet pan on medium high heat. Grease bottom of omelet pan by dipping a paper towel in a shallow dish of olive oil.

Ladle one full ladle of liquid dough into center of heated greased pan. Rapidly swirl the pan as to cover entire bottom with dough. Touch up air holes with dough on back of spoon as needed. Using a spatula, flip the pancake as soon as it’s golden. Transfer pancake to flat dish when both sides are barely golden. Repeat until all mixture is used.

Filling:
3 lbs (48 oz) ricotta cheese
3 eggs
¾ - 1 cups (according to taste) sugar
1 tsp vanilla
zest of ½ lemon
½ tsp lemon juice

Mix by hand all ingredients in a large bowl.

Nalesniki:
Put ½ spoonful of filling onto the front/middle part of a pancake. Fold the top down onto filling. Then fold both left and right side in towards the middle; finish rolling the pancake from front to back. Repeat!

To Serve:
Sautee both sides in butter until golden.

Serve with sugar, sour cream, or jam.

Step 1: Mix the Pancake Ingredients

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Pancake:

3 cups unbleached flour 
2 eggs
1 cup milk
2.5-3 (+) cups water
2 tsp sugar
pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in pot with a handle. Use mixer on medium speed until all ingredients are combined. Keep adding water until the mix is thick but runny (like heavy cream).


Step 2: Prep Pan

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Heat an omelet pan on medium high heat. Grease bottom of omelet pan by dipping a paper towel in a shallow dish of olive oil.


Step 3: Make the Pancake

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Ladle one ladle of liquid dough into center of heated greased pan.

Rapidly swirl the pan as to cover the entire bottom with dough (the thiner the pancake is the better - use just enough liquid dough to cover the bottom of the pan).

Touch up air holes with dough on back of spoon as needed.


Step 4: Repeat Steps 2-4 Until All Pancake Mixture Is Used

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Using a spatula, flip the pancake as soon as it’s golden. Transfer pancake to flat dish when both sides are barely golden.

Repeat steps 2-4 until all liquid dough mixture is used.

Step 5: Make the Cheese Filling

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Filling:

3 lbs (48 oz) ricotta cheese
3 eggs
¾ - 1 cups (according to taste) sugar
1 tsp vanilla
zest of ½ lemon
½ tsp lemon juice

Mix by hand all ingredients in a large bowl.

Step 6: Assemble the Nalesniki

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Nalesniki:
Put ½ spoonful of filling onto the front/middle part of a pancake. Fold the top down onto filling. Then fold both left and right side in towards the middle; finish rolling the pancake from front to back. Repeat! 

Once complete, store the Nalesniki in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Step 7: Sautee the Nalesniki

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Sautee both sides in butter until golden.


Step 8: Serve and Enjoy!

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Serve with sugar, sour cream, or jam. Enjoy!

Comments

Passion Make (author)2014-06-14

Looks delicious.Thanks for sharing :)

foothillfrontier (author)2014-05-21

The recipe that I have used for years with great success calls for one cup of flour, one cup of milk, and one egg. This way it is so easy to scale up to serve as many as you like. Every egg you add simply add a cup of flour and a cup of milk. If you elect to make it sweeter add to taste.

tparuszewski (author)2014-04-25

Naleśniki z serem, moje ulubione!

Człowiek żyje tyle lat i nie wpadłem na taki sposób zawijania :)

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