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Blueberry Blintzes

These paper-thin crepes can be filled with just about anything. For this rendition, a handful of blueberries is blended into a velvety mixture that’s spooned into golden, delicate pancakes.

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Recipe Summary

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
  • 1 pint (about 2 cups) blueberries
  • 6 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 16 ounces cottage cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved, bean discarded
  • 1/2 pint (about 1 cup) blueberries
  • Step 1

Make the crepe batter: Whisk together milk, 1/2 cup water, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and the eggs in a medium bowl. Whisk in flour and salt; set aside.

Make the sauce: Stir blueberries, sugar, butter, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring mixture to a low boil. Reduce heat; simmer, stirring often, until berries begin to break down and release their juices, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

Make the filling: Puree cottage cheese, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla seeds in a food processor. Transfer to a medium bowl; stir in blueberries. Set aside.

Make the crepes: Stir together remaining 3 tablespoons melted butter and the oil in a small bowl; reserve 1/4 cup for cooking blintzes. Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lightly brush pan using remaining butter-oil mixture. Pour a scant 1/4 cup batter into pan; swirl to form an even layer. Cook until bottom is lightly browned, about 1 1/2 minutes. Using a heatproof spatula, flip crepe; cook 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining butter-oil mixture and batter.

Transfer a crepe to a clean work surface. Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons filling onto crepe 1 inch from bottom and sides. Fold bottom over filling. Fold in sides, and roll up. Set aside, seam down. Repeat with remaining crepes and filling.

Heat the reserved 1/4 cup butter-oil mixture in clean pan over medium heat. Working in batches of three, fry blintzes, turning once, until golden and crisp, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes per side. Place two blintzes on each plate. Spoon warm sauce over top, and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

Cook’s Notes

When forming blintzes, be careful not to overfill each crepe. That way, the creamy mixture is less apt to seep out as you fry the blintzes, making for a neater presentation.

Blueberry Blintzes

Make filling by pureeing drained cottage cheese with cream cheese, sugar and vanilla seeds in blender or food processor. Transfer to medium bowl. Stir in blueberries.

Place 2 tablespoons filling on a crepe. Carefully, so as not to break apart the crepe, fold up the sides to form a blintz in the shape of a rectangle. (If filling breaks through one side, just cover it up on the plate with another blintz.) Repeat filling process with remaining crepes.

Stir together melted butter and oil and heat over medium heat in a skillet. Working in batches of 3, gently lower blintzes into skillet and fry 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden and crisp.

To serve, place 2 blintzes on each plate and spoon warm blueberry sauce over the top. Dust, if desired, with powdered sugar.

Crepes:

In bowl, whisk together milk, water, 2 tablespoons butter and eggs until well mixed. Whisk in flour and salt.

Stir together remaining 1 tablespoon butter and oil. Heat an 8-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat. Lightly brush pan with some of the butter and oil mixture. Pour ΒΌ cup batter into pan, swirling it to form a thin crepe. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, until bottom is lightly browned. Flip crepe and cook another 30 seconds. Transfer to a plate to cool for easy handling. Repeat with remaining batter, replenishing the pan with brushes of butter and oil mixture as needed.

Blueberry sauce:

In medium saucepan, combine blueberries, sugar, butter, lemon juice, cornstarch and salt over medium-low heat. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until berries release their juice, about 10 minutes.