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It’s almost Pancake Day! Or do you know it as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday?

pancakes - Shrove Tuesday-Pancake Day-Fat TuesdayIt’s almost Pancake Day! Or do you know it as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday?  Anyway you say it or make it, pancakes are a wonderful dish to enjoy at brunch or even for dinner.

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.  

Hungarian Palacsinta
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