Crepes rather than pancakes were more the norm in our household. We called them palacsinta – the Hungarian version of a crepe.
We filled our crepes with a sweetened cottage cheese with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sometimes added raisins. We spread the filling over the crepe – not too thick or too close to the edges – and then rolled them up. If you didn’t like the cottage cheese filling, you could fill it with homemade strawberry jam.
There was a nifty trick to holding the palacsinta in our hands – you folded it in half and put the back half between your pinky and ring finger and the front half between your first finger and thumb.
Over the years I have varied the original recipe by drizzling a warm fruit compote on top or using ricotta instead of cottage cheese. Fresh fruit is always good or a spoonful of your favourite jam. My cousin tells me she makes them with a walnut filling which sounds absolutely fabulous. I think my sisters and I would like them with a poppyseed filling. So many options for Pancake Day.