Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cottage Cheese Blintze

These blintzes are an old favorite of ours. I know there are other ways of making them but this is how I make them. Sometimes I roll them up instead of these bundles..the taste is the same. This recipe is found in the Mennonite Treasury. I use the recipe for German pancakes to make the blintzes. I changed it up a wee bit.

German Pancakes:
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
3 eggs
2 cups milk

Mix flour and salt, add eggs and milk. Beat until free of lumps, this makes a thin batter.
Heat up a cast iron frying pan, works in other pans but I like my well seasoned cast iron pan the best and when 'almost smoking hot' brush with butter and pour approx 1/4 cup batter in the pan tilting the pan till a thin layer covers the bottom of the pan.
Cook on med high until dough is set. Turn and cook until golden brown underneath. Watch carefully as these brown up fast.
Pile up on a plate and keep warm in oven.

Blintzes

Cottage cheese mixture:
1 375g tub dry cottage cheese
1 egg
salt and pepper to taste

Mix well and start making the blintzes.
Place a spoonful of cottage cheese mixture in center of pancake, fold in the edges and place folded side down in well buttered cast iron frying pan.
You may now just pile them all up in the pan as I did and bake them covered at 350 for 15 to 20 min OR brown the blintzes in the frying pan and serve immediately. They are delicious served with cream gravy.

Cream gravy:
Melt 3 tbsp butter in frying pan, add 1 cup whipping cream and salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil. I also add a pinch of sugar. Turn oven down to med heat and cook until gravy thickens, stirring frequently.
Pour over the blintzes and enjoy. These are good served with farmer sausage and coleslaw.
Delicious!!

33 comments:

  1. YUM.. reminds me of my Gramms sunday brunch.. with a touch of cinnamon too. Warm fresh butter and heavy cream pooled on the bottom. Yep.. I could use this right about now!!

    Oooo' la la.. yes I think brunch is in order here.

    with love,

    Olivia

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  2. Okay, what's dry cottage cheese? Does that mean you just drain it?

    Looks fantastic!

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  3. I remember those and I have made them but we can no longer find the dry curd cottage cheese. When I go to my mother's, which is a large Mennonite area, I look for it there but it seems they have quit carrying it also, which makes me sad. I really like veranikas made from it. Yummo!!!!

    You bring back so many childhood memories for me.

    Blessings

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    1. Where do you live? I am in Vancouver, WA and there is a Russian Deli here and they carry it. I can get the exact address if anywhere near.

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  4. These bring back memories.My step-mpther used to make these and serve them with sweetened strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream,YUMMY.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  5. Betty, you are reading my mind. I as just thinking of cheeze blintzes, with a wonderful strawberry syrup on the side.... oooooh....

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  6. I love these! We put cherries on them or any other kind of fruit. Delicious!

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  7. This is a mainstay "What do we make for supper tonight" meal. All you need is "flour , eggs and milk" . My Unruh Grandma made them, then my Crocker (Kroeker) father and now me! We try all different toppings but have never tried the cream gravy... will have to next time. Thanks for inspiring something new for an old favorite!

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  8. Hello

    Our family made them too. Since my mother was an innovative "what you got" and "what you need" cook, they were not dessert in our home but an entree. We put chopped fresh dill in the cottage cheese filling. The thin 'crepe' style pancakes were filled and rolled into a log shape, then stacked in a baking dish, melted butter drizzled between the layers, and poured on top. Then they were baked. They were served with sour cream.

    I've not made them for many, many years. I remember they puffed up quite a bit in their little pyrex baking dish with lid on.

    I have seen a brand of dry cottage cheese at a chain health food store. I have bought it just to eat plain or with a blackberry or Saskatoon berry coulis. It is sweet and creamy tasting all on its own. I prefer it to the wet cottage cheeses.

    I'm sending your recipe to my daughter. She will prefer your version, but now we have one in writing.

    Everyday I'm glad for the recipes you post here. Many times it's something I've forgotten about which I loved in my childhood. Often it's something I didn't have a written recipe for and no one else in the family wants to cook like this. So...many thanks.

    anon1

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    1. Superstore in Canada carry dry cottage cheese

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  9. I love your "bundles." What a great idea! As far and the blintes are concerned, no mattter how they are shaped, YUMMY! Thank you for the recipe.

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  10. These sound really yummy Betty. I haven't done them this way before, but must try sometime. Kathy (MGCC)

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  11. hala lustig...(big rejoicing)...grin.
    does that ever bring back memories back from my oma.....oh my...they were good....drool.
    charlotte mgcc

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  12. These look very delicious. I adore blintze and could eat them plain or with fruit.

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  13. My mom made these it brings back such wonderful memories. We serve them with the cream sauce or sour cream and a bit of jam.
    You can buy the dry curd cottage cheese (no it's not drained creamed cottage cheese) at Safeway although I haven't looked for it recently . I think it comes in a bag. - ask for it if you can't find it.

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  14. I just saw the comment about the cinnamon and that's how I liked them the best- with a sugar cinnamon mixture sprinkled on top!

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  15. Oh yum Betty. These are adorable in little bundles. I have never thot of that ever! Wow....yep, these are such a great Mennonite dish. Love that cream gravy. I remember these more with cinnamon and sugar in a roll but this looks every bit as good. Thanks...I really must make these one day!

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  16. all your recipes look intereting, I wonder though if there are any recipes without eggs or milk or wheat, I'm on a very linited diet
    anon

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  17. Wonderful! I'll have to give them a try the next time the kids are home :)

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  18. oh that looks so good and love just love cottage cheese and pancakes but never thought to put them together.
    I'm so glad i found your blog.
    thanks.

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  19. Yum! My mom made them this way too but I Now fill them with a mixture of ricotta, cream cheese, vanilla and sugar... Nice and creamy! We love them especially with a warm strawberry sauce. I DO use this same German pancake recipe from my omas handed down Mennonite treasurey!

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  20. I remember the big breakfasts we used to have when the family was growing up. Sometimes childrens friends or our relatives with be here to join us.
    I puts me in the mood to cook
    Jackie

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  21. These look amazing! Can't wait to try them!

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  22. This is just what I was looking for! I have made these Blintzes from a recipe from the Mennonite Treasuary Book and have used a cottage cheese/creamcheese filling (from a Country Woman Magazine recipe) with various fruit inside. Then drizzled it with syrups from British Columbia (Summerland Sweets) or pancake syrup and sprinkled icing sugar over them. They go over really well at work and I am actually making them tonight to bring to work tomorrow. We use a small amount of corn oil to cook the blintzes/crepes in. In my area, Winnipeg, MB, they do sell dry curd cottage cheese in the grocery stores. I usually mix 1/2 dry and 1/2 regular.

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  23. These look amazing grandma! Why have I not tried these in my long Mennonite life huh???

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  24. mmmm mom you have got me hungry for these, I will pick up the supplies next time I go shopping. :)

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  25. I make Ukrainian blini which are very similiar; I use a Swedish pancake recipe and fill with ricotta cheese and roll up; after they are filled I brown slightly to warm through then top with sour cream and raspberry jam ... delicious

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  26. Dry cottage cheese you can buy it at Save on Foods,Superstore,Buy Low

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  27. Dry cottage cheese you can buy it at Save on Foods,Superstore,Buy Low

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  28. You can use Ricotta cheese too. It's super fine texture and it tastes great. Ragbear

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  29. Betty, I would like to make this for my Bed and Breakfast guests and use raspberries to pour over top. Only thing I went looking to see if I could find out what dry cottage cheese is and I wasn't able. Do we have such a thing on the East Coast? Is there something I can substitute it with? I look forward to hearing from you.

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  30. My grandmother, came to this country from Austria and with her a recipe for BLINTZES. She made the 'crepe' with a recipe much like this one but used ONLY WATER (!). The Cheese filling called for a RAW egg so the batter for the crepe really had only 1 1/2 egss as the second yolk was in the cheese filling. She also added other dried fruit and topped it with a dollop of creme fraiche and some of her DELICIOUS, homemade, Apricot Jam. Thanks for the memories of both learning how to 'FLIP a crepe up in the air' as well as make many different Jams with my Oma. Good blessings and happy baking!

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  31. Can anyone tell me how to make home made cottage cheese?

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