Cheese blintzes

Cheese blintzes

Crepes with cream cheese filling

By
From
Cooking from the Heart
Makes
16
Photographer
Mark Roper

Blintzes are redolent of Jewish East European roots and have become almost mainstream. In this recipe I have baked the blintzes under cream. More usually I fry them in butter and serve them hot from the pan. Either way, I serve them just the way my mother and grandmother did—with a sprinkling of cinnamon-sugar and a squeeze of lemon.

Crepes

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 cups plain flour
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
80g butter, melted
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Filling

Quantity Ingredient
500g neufchatel or philadelphia cream cheese
3 eggs
1/2 cup 35% butterfat cream
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
cinnamon sugar, to serve
lemon wedges, to serve

Method

  1. To make the crepes, sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl or food processor. Pour in the melted butter and eggs and lightly mix.
  2. Add the milk and water gradually, beating until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into a jug and leave to rest in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  3. Lightly oil a crepe pan or small frying pan. Heat over medium heat until the pan is hot, then pour in enough batter to coat the base, pouring any excess batter back into the jug. As soon as the edges lift and the crepe is lightly golden, turn it over for a few seconds, then turn it out onto a clean, slightly damp tea towel while you make the rest of the crepes. You may need to add a little more milk to the batter if it is too thick and the crepes are not thin enough.
  4. Pile the crepes one on top of the other and cover with the tea towel until needed.
  5. Mix all the filling ingredients in a bowl or food processor until completely smooth and creamy.
  6. To make the blintzes, place a spoonful of the filling in the centre of a crepe. Fold the left side over the mixture, then fold the right side over so that they overlap. Now fold the ends down to make a neat little rectangular parcel. Repeat with the remaining crepes and filling. You can freeze the blintzes like this if you want to cook them at another time.
  7. To bake the blintzes, preheat the oven to 180°C and bake them in a buttered flat baking dish with a coating of cream poured on top for about 20 minutes, or until puffed up and golden. Serve right away with cinnamon sugar and a squeeze of lemon. They are also delicious served with apple compote.
  8. Alternatively, you can fry the blintzes in a large frying pan. Heat some butter in the pan with a little oil (to stop the butter burning) and fry the blintzes over medium heat until golden, turning them once.
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