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Crepes have been known in Slavic cuisine since pre—Christian times. They were associated with the sun and the god of fertility — Jarylo. In general, the word "crepe" meant a cake made of ground flour. Buckwheat, wheat, corn flour, millet or even semolina were used for their preparation. Crepes were eaten plain or with a variety of fillings. The latter in Ukrainian cuisine are called pancakes. Traditionally, pancakes were filled with cottage cheese, poppy seeds, jam, apples, berries, meat, mushrooms, cereals, etc. The recipe of the dough and fillings varied depending on the regions. In the Chernihiv region, pancakes were stuffed with cottage cheese or poppy seeds and baked with butter in an oven.

Pancakes are considered a traditional dish for the holiday of Shrovetide, and also for Autumn Fathers in Volyn, which was at the end of October and symbolized winter changing autumn.


  • 10 Eggs,
  • Milk — 1 liter,
  • Starch — 500 g,
  • Sugar — 5—6 tablespoons,
  • Oil — 4—5 tablespoons,
  • Salt — to taste,
  • Butter for baking — 200 g.
  • For the filling
  • Cottage cheese — 1 kg,
  • 3 Yolks,
  • Sugar — 5 tbsp.

The cooking process

  1. Beat eggs with sugar until a foam forms and pour oil and milk. Mix everything thoroughly.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the starch with the milk—egg liquid until smooth.
  3. Heat a frying pan and fry crepes on it, baking on both sides. The dough is poured with a ladle into the center of the pan and distributed evenly on the surface carefully rotating the latter. When the edges of the crepe turn golden brown, it means that it can be turned over.
  4. Grate cottage cheese with sugar and yolks (sometimes a whole eggs with egg whites are used).
  5. Put the filling on the crepes and twist them into tubes, wrapping the edges inside.
  6. Pancakes are placed into a fireproof crockery. Melt the butter and pour it over the crepes.
  7. Bake in the oven over medium heat (about 180 degrees) for 20—30 minutes.
  8. Serve with sour cream.

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