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Ultimate Blintzes

April 20, 2021
Ultimate Blintzes

About three months ago, I visited Cochin, a town with ancient Jewish roots in Southern India. There I met one of the city’s remaining Jewish women, who taught me to make crepes out of rice flour that were later filled with potatoes, Indian spices, and onions: an Indian blintz.

American Jews associate them with Eastern Europe, but they probably started closer to Cochin—in China (rice pancakes for Peking duck), India (dosa), or Turkey (pastels).


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Ingredients

For the filling

  • 1pound (2 cups) farmer cheese
  • 2ounces (1/4 cup) cream cheese
  • 1large egg
  • ¼cup sugar
  • Dash salt

For the batter

  • 1cup milk
  • 1 ½cups water
  • 5large eggs
  • 2cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • Dash salt
  • 6tablespoons (about) salted butter or coconut oil for frying
  • Sour cream for garnish
  • Blueberries, raspberries or strawberries for garnish
Yield: About 30 blitzes

Preparation

To make the filling

  • Step 1

    In a medium bowl, mix together thoroughly the ingredients for the filling: farmer cheese, cream cheese, egg, sugar, and salt. Set aside in the refrigerator at least half an hour.

To make the batter

  • Step 1

    Now make the batter: Put 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 cup of milk, and eggs in a blender, and pulse until well mixed. Next, add the flour and salt and mix until all lumps are dissolved. Let the batter rest for half an hour. It does not have to be refrigerated.

  • Step 2

    Heat a non-stick 8-inch skillet or omelet pan over a medium-low heat. When the pan is hot, add about a scant teaspoon of butter or coconut oil to melt. Lift the pan off the heat, and pour about 1/4 of a cup of batter onto the frying pan. Tilt the pan so the batter just covers the bottom. Return the pan to the heat and cook until the crepe blisters, about 1 to 2 minutes. Do not flip. Turn the crepe gently onto waxed or parchment paper, cooked side up. You might need a spatula to help you. Continue cooking the crepes, adding more butter or coconut oil between every 2 to 3 times. Stack the finished blintzes on top of each other.

  • Step 3

    Take one crepe and spread 2 tablespoons of cheese filling along the end closest to you, leaving an inch of space. Fold that inch over the filling, then turn the sides over so they meet in the middle. Roll up the filled end away from you until the blintz is completely closed. Repeat with the remaining filling and crepes.

  • Step 4

    In a large frying pan, melt about a tablespoon of butter or coconut oil a medium heat. Place the filled blintzes in the pan, leaving about an inch of space between them. Fry until golden brown, then flip and repeat. Remove to a paper towel-lined cookie sheet. You will have to do this in batches. Serve immediately with sour cream and fresh berries.

  • Blintzes can also be frozen and reheated in a 425-degree oven for about 30 minutes.

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