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Crepes have become a Christmas morning tradition in our home.  Both our girls make repeated requests, err, uh, demands, making sure I have plenty of warning that there is no substitutes, or replacements allowed.  Crepes it is and crepes it will always be on Christmas morning.

Fortunately, crepes are easy and I love them so they won’t have to worry about the tradition getting canned by me.  I’ll share with you the recipe I have adapted from Manka’s cookbook that was given to me by my mom and dad as a gift.   A special treat since my dad is Czech and I don’t have many recipes that connect to that side of my heritage.

Milan Prokupek, Sr. titles his book, “Manka’s Czech cookbook and memoirs
my own story and how my mother cooked in Prague and how we cook now in Inverness, California.”

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

Palachinka~ Czech Souzettes

  • Make a batter of 3 ounces flour (1/2 cup + 3 Tbs), 1 whole egg, 1 yolk, 1 cup milk 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 tablespoon water, a pinch salt, and a little dark rum.  It will look like a thick soup.
  • Spoon the batter thinly (only 1/4″ high) into a hot, well buttered 8″ pan, where it fries quickly.  Turn the cake over with a spatula and fry quickly on the second side.
  • Store them on a plate in a warm oven.
  • Make the palachinka very thin~less that 1/4: thin.
  • Spread a favorite sweet across the center of each palachinka.  The best filing is pure raspberry jam.  Roll the palachinka into a “log.”  Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar and drizzle with a squeeze of lemon.

Psalm 119:103
How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

I’ve been asked several times what kind of pan I use to make crepes.  My answer is … don’t go out there and buy an expensive crepe pan that you’ll only use a couple of times a year or more.  A good nonstick pan that’s in good condition will do a great job of getting  your crepes browned and tasty.  If you’re wondering what pan I use have a look at the circulon premiere professional line.
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Those of you who know me well, know that our family doesn’t have one Christmas dinner we have two!  

Our first is on Christmas eve with my family and the second is on Christmas day with my hubby’s family.  Each dinner equally amazing and each get together equally Christmas, since my family still celebrates on our traditional Christmas eve.  

The evening affair is very German with real live candles on the tree, hence the blue cabbage and other European style dishes such as rabbit or goose.  The Christmas day affair still reminiscent of the Mexican culture and heritage of my husbands family.

So to complicate things, we have two menus.  I’ve already posted the Christmas eve menu planner I had started and it’s grown into a Pot Luck of sorts with several of us bringing different items from the menu to the celebration.

The Christmas day menu has developed over the last couple of weeks into an interesting menu of Tamales, beans, spanish rice, pozole and fresh tortillas.  

My oldest daughter has found a tamale maker that will create tamales using the wild game her ‘hunter’ will provide.  

I have to admit this will be the first menu of it’s type since my husbands mother passed away several years ago.  A bit sentimental for me and, I’m sure, for the rest of us.

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When my husband came home late last night and began foraging around in the ‘fridge I asked him what he was craving.  His reply, “something cold.”  

Ice cream is a favorite midnight snack around here and there was none to be found.  He settled on a bowl of cereal and I’m thinking I need to be better at keeping ahead of the rotation in my freezer and not forget the “something cold” next time I go shopping.

Then on the other hand, maybe I need to get out my Ice Cream Maker and get creative.

If you’re keeping up here at Fishes and Loaves you noticed that I’ve been planning my Christmas menu.  One item I had considered for dessert was pumpkin ice cream.  Pumpkin pie is a usual suspect but neither one really sounds like a great idea.   I guess I’m kinda pumpkined out since the Harvest Pumpkin Recipe Contest.

I’ve always wanted to try to make sorbet and this cranberry sorbet sounds so cool and satisfying I think it will be my choice for this year…  

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Elise over at Simply recipes posted this today.  She’s always got something yummy on the menu and this sorbet is no exception.  Have a look at the recipe and maybe you’ll be adding it to your Christmas Menu.

 

John 15:16
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.

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Christmas dinner is one of those meals that has it’s stars and then there are a few guest appearances on the menu that sometimes make a hit and other times they bomb.  

I remember one year when the turkey took so long in my oven that everybody’s eyes were glazing over by the time it got on the table.  I’m still puzzled by it and I’m convinced something was wrong with the oven.

Since then I’ve had mostly success so I’ve decided to post a few of my ideas for the menu I’m planning.  Some recipes will be “donated” from some of the cooks who’s blogs I follow.  Who knows, could be yours.   

A Few Possible Menu items

What’s on your menu?……

 

Luke 2:
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

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