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Morning in Croatia and Hrvatske Palacinke (Crepes)

The sunshine was blindingly brilliant by the time we awoke our first morning in Croatia. I had slept like the dead after two weeks on the road, the sound of the waves on the nearby beach lulling me to a much-needed rest. After tending to my brother’s wounded hands and feet – souvenirs from his nighttime encounter with a sea urchin – we set off in the cool morning air, basking in the sea breezes billowing in off the Adriatic.

We rolled the windows down and let in the cold, salty air, delighting in the sunlight dancing across the waves, the cries of gulls near the fishing nets, and the promise of pastries and coffee awaiting us in town.

It was one of those amazing spring mornings where everything seems fresh, clean and so alive. I breathed deeply and felt peaceful and happy. While I had loved Bosnia more than I ever thought possible, I confess it did my heart good to leave the cross-covered hillsides and bullet-riddled buildings and spend some time near Dubrovnik, soaking up the serene views of red-tiled roofs, bright blue sea and citrus trees laden with fruit.

Although our breakfast that morning was eaten while we strolled cobbled streets, a perfect sit-down breakfast would’ve been Hrvatske Palacinke, Croatian Crepes. I love these little beauties! The crepe itself is traditionally made with all white flour, but I like more substance to mine so I made them with half white/half whole wheat and they turned out marvelously! Each crepe is filled with a sweetened cottage cheese, rolled up, brushed with sour cream and baked for 20 minutes. They are usually served with Lekvar, a thick jam or fruit butter, but I had the most lovely Lapin Cherries on hand, so I piled those on instead. Wonderful. The crepes are sweet but hearty and the cottage cheese filling is delectably creamy against the tart, juicy cherries.

Next time I will take you to Old Town Dubrovnik.

If you could spend a fine spring morning anywhere in the world, where would you go?

(Before I go, I just found out that my new guest post is up at TheTravelBelles!! If you’re interested in photos and descriptions from a morning in Greece, pop on over for a visit and let me know what you think of theΒ  Convent of Vlachernas)

This is my contribution to Wanderfood Wednesday at Wanderlust and Lipstick.

Hrvatske Palacinke

Ingredients:

1 1/4 c. milk
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup sugar

Cheese Filling:

1 tub cottage cheese
1 egg
1-2 Tbsp Agave or 1/4 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Warm butter and milk in pan, set aside to cool.
  3. In separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  4. Add milk mixture and eggs and beat until smooth.
  5. Chill batter overnight.
  6. In separate bowl mix cottage cheese, egg and sweetener. Chill until ready to cook.
  7. When ready to cook, grease frying pan with a bit of bacon grease.
  8. Pour 1-2 tablespoons batter and smooth with bottom of 1/4 cup measuring cup to make a thin pancake.
  9. Turn when golden brown.
  10. Place 1 tablespoon cottage cheese mixture in center of each crepe and roll.
  11. Lightly grease baking dish, place palacinke side by side and brush tops with sour cream.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm.
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Shenandoah bed and breakfast - The Croatia is a beautiful place to pay a visit. It is truly blessed with magnificent beauty and attraction. The appealing mountain valleys and deep blue water have immense charm and attraction for visitors.
The houses are built with wonderful architecture and design with bricks. The mornings are so refreshing and pleasant with lovely weather to see.

Stephanie (Food Freeway) - Oh, Krista, those look absolutely delicious! They remind me of the Polish pancakes my grandma used to make me. And she sometimes stuffs perogies with a similar cottage cheese filling. Yum. I’ll definitely have to try out this recipe! Yum! πŸ™‚

Wanderluster - Gorgeous photos! Would love to order some Hrvatske Palacinke — what’s the proper pronunciation?

WanderMom - Stunning photos. Truly stunning. You make me want to go to Dubrovnik like, now!

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Tracy - I think I would very much like to wake up on a farm in France somewhere. Take a stroll with Roberto into town. Enjoy coffee and pastries in a quaint corner cafe. Breath in all of the freshly baked bread while filling a basket with things for a picnic. Yes, I think that would be very nice, indeed. Your post is quite beautiful, Tart. I felt like I was there. Transporting. I could smell the fresh spring air. The quiet. The peace. All lovely things.

Jen Cheung - love the pictures πŸ™‚

have a lovely day
jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

Mary - Your photos of this trip have all been exceptional. I’m so glad you are sharing them with us. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

Joanne - Your pictures of all that water and descriptions of the cobbled streets are so very calming!

Ooo la la on the crepes! I want THOSE for breakfast!

mlle paradis - those pancakes look killer! i’m totally sold. also looking forward to more sunny photos of croatia!

tasteofbeirut - My grandmother was a Dalmatian (he dad was from Dubrovnik) and I always promised myself I would visit the area, which all my relatives have already visited and told me of its beauty; love the photos and these palascintas !

RamblingTart - Yes you do, Duchess!!! But only if I can tag along. πŸ™‚

Duchess - Got, I REALLY need to get my butt to Croatia huh?

RamblingTart - I agree, Rosa!! Such a lovely country. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Thank you, Lorraine! I’m having them for breakfast this morning and they’re lovely! Croatia is GORGEOUS!!! Can’t wait to show you more. πŸ™‚

Rosa - Croatia is such a beautiful place! Lovely crepes.

Cheers,

Rosa

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - These look magnificent Krista! I’ve never been to Croatia but have heard that it is very pretty. And your pictures confirm that! πŸ™‚

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