Polish Pancakes (Nalesniki Recipe)


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Here’s a recipe for delicious, soft, buttery Polish Pancakes! Similar to French crepes, Polish pancakes are large, thin, and delicate. Filled with cream cheese and topped with fresh fruits, these gorgeous pancakes are delicious as a breakfast, lunch, or a dessert!

Polish Pancakes – Naleśniki

Naleśniki are Polish pancakes, very similar to French crepes. They are soft, elastic, and just delicious! They are easy to make and surprisingly quick! 🙂

In Poland, pancakes are eaten for breakfast, lunch, or as a dessert. Often they are filled with cottage cheese mixed with sour cream, and sugar and then topped with fresh fruits or jam.

But there are many, many more possibilities! You can make these gorgeous naleśniki however you fancy:

  • fill with peanut butter, nutella, cream, or even ice-cream,
  • sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon,
  • top with fruits, chopped chocolate, or nuts,
  • make a savory version with, for example, mushrooms and cheese.

There are restaurants in Poland that sell ONLY pancakes. If you go to any such place, you’ll see a long menu with so many different pancakes variations that it’s super hard to choose one! I would never think that there can be so many options! 🙂

What you need

Traditional pancakes are made with flour, milk, water, eggs, and a pinch of salt. I also like to add straight to the batter a bit of oil or melted butter (so I don’t have to use a lot of oil while frying) and a bit of sugar (if going with a sweet version).

So here’s your checklist:

  • Milk
  • Sparkling water
  • All-purpose flour
  • Eggs
  • Butter or oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Sugar

When it comes to filling, it’s totally up to you! 🙂

How to make polish pancakes

Making pancakes at home is easy, but it takes some time to master.

Here’s the overview:

  • Mix together in a blender or with a hand mixer: flour, milk, water, eggs, salt, sugar, and oil/butter.
  • Leave the batter to rest for 30 minutes. This is optional but recommended.
  • Heat a non-stick pan with a bit of oil.
  • Pour in a small amount of batter.
  • Spread the batter evenly by moving the pan.
  • Let it cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • When the edges are getting crispy, carefully flip the pancake and cook for a few seconds more.
  • Remove the pancake from the pan and continue with the rest of the batter.

Tips to make the best Polish pancakes:

  1. Add a bit of oil or butter straight to the batter!
  2. You don’t need to buy a special pan for making crepes (although many people in Poland have it). Just make sure your pan is a non-stick pan.
  3. The first pancake is always a test one, so don’t waste much batter for it.
  4. Flip the pancake when the edges are getting brown and crispy.
  5. Do it softly!

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Here's a recipe for delicious, soft, buttery Polish Pancakes! Similar to French crepes, Polish pancakes are large, thin, and delicate. Filled with cream cheese and topped with fresh fruits, these gorgeous pancakes are delicious as a breakfast, lunch, or a dessert!

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time5 minsCook Time10 minsTotal Time15 mins

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Pancakes
 1 cup All-purpose flour
 1 cup Milk
 ¾ cup Sparkling water
 2 Eggs
 1 tbsp Sugar
 1 pinch Salt
 3 tbsp Vegetable oil
Filling
 300 g Creem cheese
 5 tbsp Sour cream or greek yogurt
 1 tsp Vanilla extract
 Icing sugar (to taste)
Serving
 Icing sugar
 Fresh fruits

Pancakes
1

In a big bowl, mix together flour with eggs, milk, water, sugar, and salt, until you have a smooth batter. Add vegetable oil and mix together again. Leave it to rest for 30 minutes.

2

Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.

3

Pour over the portion of batter and move the pan immediately from side to side to form a circle. Cook for 1 minute. Turn over to the other side and cook for a few seconds more.

Filling
4

In a bowl mix together cream cheese, sour cream/greek yogurt, icing sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix together until well-combined.

Serving
5

Spread a portion of filling and roll a pancake.

6

Top with any leftover filling, icing sugar, and fresh seasonal fruits.

Ingredients

Pancakes
 1 cup All-purpose flour
 1 cup Milk
 ¾ cup Sparkling water
 2 Eggs
 1 tbsp Sugar
 1 pinch Salt
 3 tbsp Vegetable oil
Filling
 300 g Creem cheese
 5 tbsp Sour cream or greek yogurt
 1 tsp Vanilla extract
 Icing sugar (to taste)
Serving
 Icing sugar
 Fresh fruits

Directions

Pancakes
1

In a big bowl, mix together flour with eggs, milk, water, sugar, and salt, until you have a smooth batter. Add vegetable oil and mix together again. Leave it to rest for 30 minutes.

2

Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.

3

Pour over the portion of batter and move the pan immediately from side to side to form a circle. Cook for 1 minute. Turn over to the other side and cook for a few seconds more.

Filling
4

In a bowl mix together cream cheese, sour cream/greek yogurt, icing sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix together until well-combined.

Serving
5

Spread a portion of filling and roll a pancake.

6

Top with any leftover filling, icing sugar, and fresh seasonal fruits.

Polish Pancakes (Naleśniki)

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13 Comments

  1. Veronica Lee 27 August 2019 at 22:19

    Yummm! The pancakes look amazing! I’d love to try this recipe.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 28 August 2019 at 07:42

      Thanks Veronica 🙂 You have to give it a try!

      Reply
    2. Tea With Jennifer 29 August 2019 at 20:19

      Ewa, they look amazingly delicious! I have not thought of having a cream cheese filling before! I’ll have to try them 😀
      You’re most welcome to join me in a cuppa,
      Jennifer

      Reply
  2. Kippi 28 August 2019 at 06:15

    Yum, I pinned this beautiful recipe. Visiting from TSG.
    Have a great week,
    Kippi

    Reply
    1. Ewa 28 August 2019 at 07:43

      Thank you!! 🙂 They are the best!

      Reply
  3. jiselle 28 August 2019 at 18:18

    this is interesting never herd of this before so I will def give this a try!

    Reply
  4. Roli 29 August 2019 at 09:40

    Wow, they look great. Like how thin they are.

    Reply
    1. Ewa 29 August 2019 at 09:57

      🙂

      Reply
  5. Catherine Sokolowski 30 August 2019 at 14:50

    Can’t wait to try this. The filling sounds delicious as well as the pancake!

    Reply
  6. Miz Helen 31 August 2019 at 17:43

    Your Polish Pancakes are beautiful and the filling will be delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday,447 this week. Hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    Reply
    1. Ewa 7 September 2019 at 12:42

      Thanks Helen, they are really good!

      Reply
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  8. Miz Helen 8 September 2019 at 09:43

    Congratulations your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday,448 this week. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and hope you will come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    Reply

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