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Classic Cheese Blintzes

Classic Cheese Blintzes


Blintzes are a traditional dish for the holiday of Shavuot. Top with sour cream, apple sauce or cinnamon and sugar.

4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 package vanilla sugar
Pinch of salt
1 Tbsp. oil

1/2 pound farmer cheese
4 ounces cream cheese
4 Tbsps. honey or
maple syrup
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 egg yolk

1 pound cottage cheese,
2 egg yolks
2 Tbsps. flour
2 Tbsps. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla sugar
1/4 cup raisins (optional)

USE: 7 inch skillet
YIELDS: 12 blintzes

BATTER: In a large mixer bowl combine eggs, milk, water and blend well. Gradually add flour, then both sugars, salt and oil. Beat well until there are no lumps in the batter.

FILLING I: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and beat well. Or combine all the ingredients in a blender container and blend until smooth.

FILLING II: Combine all ingredients, except raisins, in a bowl and beat well. Or all the ingredients can be combined in a blender container and blended until smooth. Then add raisins.

TO ASSEMBLE CREPES: 1. Prepare batter and filling of your choice. Using a paper towel or basting brush, apply a thin coating of oil to a 7 inch skillet. Place skillet over medium heat until skillet is hot but not smoking.

2. Ladle approximately 1/3 cup of batter into the skillet. Tilt pan to swirl the batter so it covers the bottom of the skillet.

3. Fry on one side until small air bubbles form, and top is set. Bottom should be golden brown. When done, carefully loosen edges of crepe and slip out of skillet onto a plate..

4. Repeat the above procedure until all the batter is used. Grease the skillet as needed..

5. Turn each crepe so that golden brown side is up. Place 3 tablespoons of filling on one edge in a 2 1/2 inch long by 1-inch wide mound..

6. Roll once to cover filling. Fold the sides into the center and continue rolling until completely closed..

7. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in the skillet and place each crepe seam side down in the skillet and fry 2 minutes on each side, turning once.

VARIATION: Whole wheat pastry flour can be used instead of white flour.

Excerpted from Spice and Spirit, The Complete Kosher Jewish Cookbook, published by Lubavitch Women's Cookbook Publications
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Nanci Wappingers Falls, NY March 26, 2015

Blintzes I sometimes use a combination of ricotta, instead of cottage cheese, and always add some cream cheese to the filling. If I use cottage cheese, I try to find small curd, creamed. I use regular vanilla.

The real trick to the crepes is to keep the temperature of the pan at the right level and to work quickly. I use two dinner plates to cool them, and then transfer to a large sheet of wax paper. To store, I separate them with wax paper in between. Reply

Jodi February 4, 2015

Quick question(s) do I purchase the farmers cheese? Sliced....whole....shredded....?!
And 1 tsp vanilla in place of 1 package vanilla sugar??!!
Is the filling suppose to be smooth or kinda lumpy? the filling's kinda it 5 ingredients?!
Farmers cheese/cream cheese/honey (or maple syrup)/lemon juice/egg yolk?!
The way it's layed out it kinda threw me off! Lol...thanks for any help/advice!! Reply

Anonymous July 29, 2014

Sorry buddy your humble opinion is wrong, I love cottage cheese! Reply

shelley Bobcaygeon, Canada September 21, 2010

blintze hit My grandmother taught me to put a large clean white pillowcase on the table, and after each pancake comes out of the frypan, turn it upside down on the pillowcase. then when all your little pancakes are done, you can fill them all at once, roll them up and they are ready for the top to be browned in the pan. they dont stick to the pillowcase, and its easier to roll them once they are cooled. I can get about fifteen on a pillowcase, and thats usually about how many I get from the batter, as I make them a little smaller than 7 inches as the recipe above says. Reply

Anonymous palakkad, India June 4, 2010

hello I like cheese and fruit recipes - fruit juices, fruit-based ice creams, cheese recipes are all yummy. thanks. Reply

Chani Benjaminson, June 2, 2010

Vanilla sugar Hi Jeanette, you can easily use regular vanilla instead of the vanilla sugar - that's what I do. You can find the sugar and farmer's cheese at kosher food stores near you or online. Farmer's cheese can be substituted with cottage cheese or any other cheese of your choice. Reply

Jeanette warsaw, ohio May 30, 2010

vanilla sugar I would like to know where to buy this from because I would like to make these and also farmer cheese can you let me know thanks Reply

david New York, NY May 18, 2010

Blinzes cheese fillings I thought the proper filling is made with Pot Cheese... which texture & taste rests between Farrmers cheese & Cottage cheese.

Cottage cheese makes for the worst taste... in my humble opinion. Reply

neomi May 17, 2010

People, people... Why would you want to keep your system way too clean? Your body would be so bored... lol
I feed my family organic vegetarian meals all week... and Shabbos a little piece of chicken, a piece of apple pie for dessert.... Blintzes are def not healthy, but they are full of fun :) and if you've fed your family healthily all year... once a year they are really okay... Start with a first course of fresh fruit and eat the blintzes in moderation.. enjoy and feel one with thousands of Jews all over the world :0)
Peace and Love :)

Truth is that you can substitute spelt flour, although for once a year I don't want to substitute tofu for the cheese.... enjoy in good health and HAPPINESS :) Reply

Anonymous Sonora, CA May 15, 2010

Complaints If I were concerned about healthy I wouldn't be looking for cheesecake, kugel or blintz recipes! These are delicious, traditional treats for special holidays. If you want healthy, look at Tofu Cookery! Reply

Yehudit Reno, NV June 20, 2009

healthful eating Only one ingredient in blintzes can be substituted: vanilla sugar with vanilla extract. As long as you eat blintzes once a year - on shavuot - don't need to worry about health effects. Most of European Jewish cooking is good only for people who are border-line starving. For very healthy Jewish recipes see "Olive Trees and Honey" by Gil Marks. Reply

Mel Kimmel Miami Beach, FL via May 28, 2009

BATTER ingredients I would omit refined sugar, salt, eggs. These are health-impairing. Sugar and eggs are fattening. Blood pressure builds on salt. Have you asked a nutritionist for variations/substitutions?
Do you know other reasons for omitting sugar? Reply

Chani Benjaminson, May 8, 2008

vanilla Vanilla sugar is sugar flavored vanilla, it is popular in Isarel. And yes, you can substitute with a teaspoon of vanilla. Reply

Marcia Oceanside, NY May 7, 2008

Blintzes I'm not sure what a "package of vanilla sugar" is.Can vanilla extract be used? Reply

Lisa Providence, RI April 17, 2007

Classic Cheese Blintzes My mother loved cheese blintzes, but I'm not WHICH cheese filling she would use! Reply

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