Cheese Blintzes

This Cheese Blintzes recipe is crispy, golden crêpes with a creamy, and ricotta-infused filling, finished with a touch of sweetness and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a delightful anytime treat.

January 15, 2024
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 35 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 50 mins

Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, eggs, milk, water, and salt. Stir in the melted butter until smooth. Let the batter rest for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon zest (if using). Mix until well blended.
  3. Heat a lightly greased frying pan or crepe pan over medium heat.
  4. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the pan, swirling it to form a thin circle. Cook for about 1 minute, or until the edges turn golden brown. Flip the crêpe and cook for another 30 seconds.
  5. Spread a couple of tablespoons of the ricotta filling onto the center of the cooked crêpe. Fold the sides over the filling to form a triangle or envelope.
  6. Melt a knob of butter in the pan and fry the filled crêpe on both sides until golden brown and crispy. Repeat with the remaining batter and filling.
  7. Dust the cooked blintzes with powdered sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  8. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Cheese Blintzes
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
Calories250
% Daily Value*
Protein 10 g20%
Total Fat 15 g19.2%
Sodium 300 mg13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Tips

  • Ensure the blintz batter is smooth and lump-free, similar to a thin pancake or crepe batter.
  • Use a non-stick pan lightly greased with butter for easy flipping of the blintzes. For more, check out our ‘Guide to Selecting the Best Pans and Pots’ article.
  • Traditional fillings include a mix of cream cheese, cottage cheese, and sugar. You can also experiment with fruit fillings. For more, check out our ‘Types of Cheeses’ article.
  • Don’t overfill the blintzes; a couple of tablespoons per blintz should suffice to prevent bursting during cooking.
  • Fold the edges securely to keep the filling inside while frying.
  • Fry the blintzes until they are golden brown on both sides for the best texture.
  • If the batter seems too thick, add a little more milk to thin it out.
  • You can adjust the amount of sugar in the filling to your taste.
  • For a richer flavor, you can use mascarpone cheese instead of ricotta.
  • Serve your blintzes with fresh fruit, sour cream, or maple syrup for extra indulgence.
  • Serve warm, often with a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
  • Blintzes can be prepared in advance and refrigerated or frozen, then reheated in a skillet or oven.
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This Cheese Blintz recipe is crêpe with creamy ricotta cheese. Every bite is a symphony of textures – the crisp snap of the crêpe yielding to the smooth richness of the filling, all dusted with a touch of fragrant cinnamon. This isn't just a breakfast dish; it's a celebration of comfort, a taste of Eastern European tradition with a modern twist.

Origins of Cheese Blintzes

The origins of Cheese Blintzes whisper through centuries, echoing from the kitchens of Eastern Europe where resourceful cooks transformed humble ingredients into culinary treasures. Blintzes, thin crêpes with endless filling possibilities, have graced tables for generations, serving as a canvas for both savory and sweet creations. But Cheese Blintzes hold a special place in this culinary tapestry. Their golden exteriors, whispering secrets of buttery bliss, encase a creamy ricotta heart, each spoonful a testament to the magic of simplicity done right.

We ditch the dense, heavy crêpes of yore and embrace a lighter, airier version – delicate as lace, yet capable of holding its creamy treasure without yielding. The ricotta filling sings with a touch of sweetness, subtly enhanced by vanilla and lemon zest, a perfect counterpoint to the buttery canvas. And lastly, the sprinkle of cinnamon – a pinch of magic that awakens your senses and paints the landscape of each bite with warm, fragrant hues.

Blintzes vs Crepes

Origin:

  • Blintzes: Hailing from Eastern Europe, specifically Jewish culinary traditions, blintzes boast a centuries-old lineage. Traditionally, they're filled with sweet or savory ingredients, most famously cheese or potatoes.
  • Crepes: Originating in Brittany, France, crepes have their own rich history. While often enjoyed sweet with toppings like Nutella or fruit, they can also be savory, filled with cheese, ham, or vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • Blintzes: Blintze batter typically uses eggs, flour, milk, and water, occasionally with yeast for a fluffier texture. The filling often features ricotta cheese, farmer's cheese, or mashed potatoes.
  • Crepes: Traditional crepe batter relies on eggs, flour, milk, and water, occasionally with a touch of butter or sugar. While the filling possibilities are endless, sweet options like chocolate spread and whipped cream are popular.

Cooking Method:

  • Blintzes: Unlike crepes, blintzes are usually cooked twice. First, the batter is poured into a pan to form a thin pancake. Then, the filling is added, and the edges are folded to enclose it. Finally, the filled blintz is pan-fried again until golden brown and crispy.
  • Crepes: Traditional crepes are cooked only once. Batter is poured into a hot pan and swirled to form a thin circle. Once cooked through, the crepe is immediately filled and folded or rolled.

Texture:

  • Blintzes: Compared to crepes, blintzes tend to be thicker and have a slightly denser texture. The double cooking process creates a crispy exterior and a fluffy interior.
  • Crepes: Traditionally, crepes are thinner and more delicate than blintzes. They have a soft, almost papery texture that's perfect for wrapping around various fillings.

Flavor:

  • Blintzes: Due to their often savory fillings like cheese or potatoes, blintzes tend to have a richer, more substantial flavor profile.
  • Crepes: Generally known for their sweet fillings, crepes offer a lighter, brighter flavor profile. But don't underestimate their savory potential!

Ultimately, both blintzes and crepes are delightful treats, each with its own unique character and culinary heritage. Which one you prefer comes down to personal taste and the occasion! So, whether you crave a crispy, cheesy blintz or a delicate, fruit-filled crepe, embrace the delicious diversity of these pancake cousins and explore the world of thin, culinary magic!

How To Store Cheese Blintzes?

Cheese blintzes are versatile delicacies you can enjoy fresh out of the pan or save for later! Here's how to store them depending on your needs:

Whole Blintzes:

Room Temperature: Let your freshly cooked blintzes cool completely on a wire rack, about 30 minutes. Then, stack them carefully in an airtight container with layers of parchment paper between each blintz to prevent sticking. They'll stay fresh for up to 2 days at room temperature.

Refrigerator: For longer storage, transfer the cooled blintzes to an airtight container or wrap them individually in plastic wrap. They'll keep well in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Individual Blintzes:

Freeze: If you want to enjoy your blintzes later, consider freezing them individually. Let them cool completely, then wrap each blintz tightly in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. Frozen blintzes will stay good for up to 3 months.

Reheating:

Oven: When ready to enjoy your blintzes, preheat your oven to 350 °F (175 °C). If frozen, let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Place the blintzes on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through and crispy.

Pan: For a quicker option, heat a tablespoon of butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Pan-fry the blintzes for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and warmed through.

Tips:

  • To refresh the crispy texture of reheated blintzes, brush them with a little melted butter before heating.
  • You can also use a toaster oven to reheat individual blintzes.
  • Serve your reheated blintzes with a dollop of sour cream, fruit compote, or maple syrup for an extra treat.

Remember, even when reheated, these golden cheese blintzes pack a flavor punch and retain their delightful, crispy-creamy texture. So, go forth, cook with confidence, and store your homemade blintzes with anticipation, knowing that every bite holds the promise of pure culinary bliss!

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