Sweet Cheese Crepes (Naleśniki z Serem)


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Naleśniki are a basically the Polish version of French crepes. I guess these are also like blintzes (?) but I won’t try to wrap my head around the differences, if there are any (I actually think they are the same). I simply know them as naleśniki and they are fantastic! I would say this cheese filling is one of the most popular, but they can also be filled with jams, fresh fruit, or even savory fillings. If you don’t have farmers cheese or twaróg, ricotta cheese is the best substitute here, but for for the love of naleśniki, please don’t use cream cheese–it just ain’t the same!!!!

* Will make about 7-8 naleśniki if using a 8/9 inch pan, and about 12-13 if using a 6 inch pan*

Batter Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup of room temp. water
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted melted butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • ~3 tbsp. of oil to brush the pan for cooking (use one appropriate for medium-high heat)

Cheese Filling Ingredients:

  • 7.5 oz of farmers cheese/twaróg
  • Zest of 1 lemon or orange
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of sugar

Directions:

To make the batter, beat eggs and then combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together until you have a smooth batter with no flour lumps.

To make the filling, simply combine all the ingredients in a bowl until the zest and sugar are evenly incorporated.

To make the naleśniki, heat your frying pan to medium-high heat and brush with a bit of oil. Once it is hot, scoop just under 1/4 cup of batter, or a little less than a soup ladle of batter (this is assuming you are using an 8-9 inch pan, but use less for a smaller pan). Pour the batter in the center of the pan and quickly tilt the pan around to spread a thin layer that coats the entire bottom. Cook on one side for 2-3 minutes, or until there are a few brown/golden spots, then flip over and cook for 1 minute on the other side.

Remove from the pan. Take one naleśnik and spread about 1-2 tbsp. of the cheese filling on half of it, and roll it up. You can really fill and fold as you like, but just rolling it up is fine for me!

Now go forth, and eat many naleśniki! Smacznego!

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