Fat Tuesday is celebrated around the world for reasons including religious, cultural and traditional, and it’s perfectly okay to indulge once in a while. From Hamtramck to your local grocery store, getting your Paczki fix can mean joining long lines of other Michiganders to get your hands on the popular treat. But if you don’t want to wait in line, or if the deep-fried treat doesn’t make your stomach feel great afterward, there’s a lighter option to satisfy the Paczki FOMO that’s perfect for breakfast or a treat: Paczki-inspired pancake roll-ups. These bite-sized options are easy to make and perfect for kids.
Paczki-inspired Pancake Roll-ups
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 ¾ cup milk of choice
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- ¼ tsp. salt
- Spray oil
- 1 cup custard or
- ¾ cup low-sugar jam
- 1 cup custard or whipped heavy cream (not from a can as it will flatten)
- 1 Tbsp. confectioner’s sugar
- Whisk flour, eggs, vanilla and one cup of milk together.
- Slowly add more milk while whisking, allowing for a smooth batter. The mixture is ready to pour when there are very few small bubbles left.
- Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and spray with oil.
- Once the pan is heated, pour 1/3 cup pancake mixture* into the pan and spread into an even layer on the pan by moving the pan in different directions.
- Cook for ~2-3 minutes or until the bottom has a golden-brown color and easily loosens from the pan, then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Spread 2 tablespoons low-sugar jam on a pancake followed by 2 tablespoons of whipped cream or custard. Roll up and cut into 1-inch rolls. Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve.
*The amount of mixture that should be poured depends on the size of the pan (makes 6-7 pancakes).
Shanthi Appelö is a registered dietitian and health and wellness spokesperson for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan based in Detroit. Passionate about the science of nutrition and behavior, Shanthi has experience working in clinical nutrition, public health and teaching in the university setting. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, exploring the outdoors, working on art and spending time with family. For more recipes and health information, visit ahealthiermichigan.org.
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