Crepes or Pancakes?

Morning, noon, and night, Croatians love a good pancake. There’s just one catch. They aren’t really eating “pancakes,” … if you define pancakes as thick and fluffy, griddle-fried, chemically leavened batter (i.e. baking soda and baking powder). Which… they don’t!

So what exactly are they eating? Thin, delicate, crêpe-like “pancakes.” These sort of pancakes don’t have any leavening at all, unless you count a splash of bubbly water.  And they aren’t alone – most of the countries I’ve run into prefer this style of “pancake.”

All these fun facts inspired me to write an ode to the Croatian Pancake:

Fill ’em with jam, fill ’em with cheese.

Eat ’em with ham, eat them for tea!

Bake them til bubbling,

Eat as many as you please!

It’s an amazing work of poetry. I know. I’m expecting a call to be featured on the Writer’s Almanac. Any day now, any day.

And that’s about all the fun I can stand this Friday… but, if you’re still looking for amusement, take our poll and hop on over to Jim’s Pancakes.  His site will make you smile. Promise.

Have a great weekend!

As always, thank you for reading! 🙂


  1. Jessica Bennett says

    I love crepes for any meal and with a variety of fillings (chicken, sausage, cheese, olives, mushrooms, eggs, jam, lemon juice, berries. . .).

  2. In Slovakia, Hungary (and many other neighbouring countries I guess) they have a wide variety of crepes for dessert. I love the ones with the “white cheese” called turo in Hungary (tvaroh in Slovak – not sure of the spelling though). I’m 100% sure they have the same in Croatia.
    They’re delicious if you manage to make them thin enough (not always that easy !)

    • Sasha Martin says

      Sounds delicious Carole…! Making them thin definitely takes practice. Thankfully we can always eat the mistakes 😉

  3. Jacqueline says

    Croatian eat (French) Crapes, Not pancakes. We love thin, delicate Crapes with chocolate, walnuts and sugar, sweet ricotta, and many more…Thank you for the great post! I love your Blog!

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