Cheese Blintzes with Blackberries…
Here’s a tasty breakfast.
Cheese Blintzes with Blackberries
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for sauteing the crepes
- 1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
- 1 lemon, zested and finely grated
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 pints blueberries
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 lemon, juiced
- Melted unsalted butter, for sauteing blintzes
- Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
- Combine the milk, water, eggs, flour, salt and sugar in a blender. Blend on medium speed for 15 seconds, until the batter is smooth and lump-free. Scrape down the sides of the blender and pour in 3 tablespoons of melted butter. Blend it again for a second just to incorporate. Refrigerate the batter for 1 hour to let it rest. If the crepes are made immediately, they have a tendency to be rubbery; when you let the batter rest, the crepes have a better texture and a softer bite.
- Put an 8-inch crepe pan or nonstick skillet over medium heat and brush with a little melted butter for added assurance. Pour 1/4 cup of batter into the pan and swirl it around so it covers the bottom evenly; pour back any excess. Cook for 30 to 45 seconds, until the crepe batter sets. Lightly bang the edge of the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen the crepe; then flip it and cook another 30 seconds. The art of flipping a crepe in the air takes practice, so make sure no one is looking when you get the first one going. If this intimidates you, use a heatproof rubber spatula to loosen and flip the crepe. The crepes should be pliable, not crisp, and lightly brown. Slide them onto a platter and continue making the crepes until all the batter is used. Cover the stack of crepes with a towel to keep them from drying out. This makes 10 crepes.
- Assembly: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Forming the blintzes is kind of like making burritos. Spoon 1/4 cup of the cheese filling along the lower third of the crepe. Fold the bottom edge away from you to just cover the filling; then fold the 2 sides in to the center. Roll the crepe away from you a couple of times to make a package, ending with the seam side down. Put an ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Brush with melted butter. Pan-fry the blintzes for 2 minutes per side until crisp and golden.
- Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for 10 minutes so the egg in the filling cooks slightly and the cheese sets. Using a spatula, transfer the blintzes to serving plates. Spoon the blueberry sauce on top, dust with confectioners' sugar, and serve right away.
- Serve with chopped banana and remaining blueberry sauce. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve.
- Cheese Filling
- In a food processor, combine the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, lemon zest, and egg and blend until smooth. Chill the filling to firm it up a bit so it doesn't squirt out of the blintzes.
- Blueberry Sauce
- Combine the butter, blueberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice in a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring up to a low boil and stir gently until the berries break down and release their natural juices. The consistency should remain a bit chunky. It will thicken up when it cools down slightly.
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By Susánica Tam from Los Angeles, CA, United States (breakfast) [CC-BY-2.0
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