Mom's Nalesniki (Surprisingly Easy Polish Crepes)

Total Time
15mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

I was always so afraid of this recipe, because it seemed so difficult and I always messed it up when I tried it. BUT, when I learned a few tricks from my mom, these are so easy: don't be afraid of the batter being too thin on the pan, make sure that the crepe is really well cooked on one side before you flip it (the whole thing should slide around when you move the pan) and don't cook it too long after flipping it, just enough to brown since it's already cooked through. These are great with a sweet cheese filling (twarog or baker's cheese, sour cream, sugar, vanilla), or we even serve them open, and everyone spreads however much apple sauce or jam, then sprinkles with sugar, sour cream and/or powdered sugar.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Combine the flour, salt, egg and 1/2 cup each of milk and water and blend with hand mixer.
  2. Keep adding the remaining milk and water until you get a batter that's a bit thinner than sour cream. I've included some pictures to get an idea, but it should be pretty runny.
  3. Heat a frying pan (approx. 9" diameter) over high heat and spray with non-stick spray (or coat with oil that can withstand high temperatures).
  4. Pour about one and a quarter soup ladle on the center of the hot, greased pan. Tilt the pan immediately to spread the batter around. Remember, the batter may look really thin in spots, but that's ok, it'll still flip once it's cooked through (this is where I always went wrong because it seemed too thin and I panicked, but if it gets too thick it won't set properly).
  5. Let cook for a few minutes, depending on how hot the pan is this could take from 1-3 minutes. You can tell when it's ready to flip when 1) the crepe slides around when you move the pan and 2) you don't see anymore soft or uncooked areas in the top of the crepe. They're pretty thin so you can literally see the runny sections firm up!
  6. Flip the crepe over and cook for 30seconds - 1 minutes then slide onto a plate.
  7. If folding with any mixture, place mixture on half of crepe, fold over then fold over again so you get a quarter triangle. Depending on the filling, they can be served immediately or if using cheese filling (described in the intro, adjust ingredients to your personal preference), fry them up in a bit of butter to get the outside crispy and melt the cheese a bit. For jam or apple sauce, we just roll them up and top with sour cream and/or sugar.