How to Make Easy Blintzes with Bakerly Crepes

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This post was made possible by my friends at Bakerly. This is not a sponsored post.

What exactly is a blintz you may find yourself asking? Is it a crepe? Is it a pancake? Is it something that happens in football? Jamie Geller from Joy of Kosher has a good explanation…

Both crepes and blintzes are a thin cooked pancake made from wheat flour and prepared either sweet or savory.  They can be rolled or folded and filled with all sorts of ingredients -- meats (when using non-dairy milk in the batter, {if it’s to be kosher} or cheese and vegetables to chocolate and fruits.  Crepes came to us from Europe while Blintzes have a Slavic history that brought them to Russia as Blini until they eventually turned into the Blintzes we know today as a classic Jewish food.

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When I was growing up, the only blintzes one could find were from the frozen section of the grocery store. They were delicious little pouches of warm sweet cheese, wrapped in a soft thin crepe and we used to get the blintzes with blueberry sauce. Yum.

A few years ago, when my Uncle V came up from Florida for our yearly family reunion, after a trip to Russ & Daughters for the bounty we wanted to bring to our Jewish appetizing brunch, we stopped in for lunch at Veselka Ukrainian Restaurant. (You may remember this story from our post about Mushroom Barley Soup. Anyhoo, my uncle ordered blintzes and gave us a taste.

Swoooon. Those blintzes were masterpieces of comfort food and so creamy. While the reheated blintzes of my youth were tasty, these Vaselka blintzes were gorgeous.

Fast forward some years, when I had the good fortune to see the crepes from Bakerly in Mrs. Green’s Grocery Store in Briarcliff Manor, NY, I knew I had to get some for my girl. She does love her crepes!

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I got to thinking about those blintzes and I figured we could make some blintzes since half the work was already done! All we had to do was make a lovely little filling and fold the filling up in the gorgeous crepes!

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So How Do You Make Blintzes?

Here’s what you’ll need

Here’s what you’ll need

The first step for making the filling is mixing your cream cheese. It’s easiest with an electric hand mixer so you can really get it mixed up well, or you can mix it by hand if your cream cheese is soft. Add the ricotta cheese, sugar, lemon zest, egg and extract.

Your kids can measure the sugar and pour it into the bowl. If you’re feeling brave, they can even hold the hand mixer. Just tell them to keep the mixer touching the bottom of the bowl at all times.

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Kids Cooking and Baking Classes Westchester NY - Blintzes

When you have them measure the sugar, have them scoop the sugar and then sweep across the top of the spoon with the flat edge of a knife. This is known as the “scoop and sweep" method.

If you need a few tips on how to get your kids helping you out in the kitchen, check out 5 Things Your Kids Can Do In The Kitchen.

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You can also have them zest the lemon, and you may feel more comfortable having them use our favorite No-Cry Gloves so they don’t cut their fingers.

The trick with zesting, is that you want to have them rub the lemon on the microplane rather than the other way around. I tell the kids to pretend like the lemon is a crayon that they’re coloring with, or to pretend they’re playing a violin and use the lemon like the bow. (You are welcome to use my corny references or make up your own!)

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Kid-Approved Recipes: Easy Blintzes You Can Make at Home

Since we are using crepes from Bakerly, the rest of the preparation is a breeze! All you need to do now is to put about 3-4 TB of filling in the center of the crepe and then fold it like a burrito.

You fold the bottom flap up first, then fold in the sides and roll the blintz away from you to make a tight little cheesy package!

Once you’ve gotten this far, you’re almost done! You’ll want to heat a skillet on medium-low, and brush some melted butter on the skillet.

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When you see the butter bubbling a bit, add 1-3 blintzes. Don’t rush and add too many at a time so they all have room to develop those crispy little edges.

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Once your blintzes have cooked on each side for 1-2 minutes and developed a golden brown color, place them in a casserole dish that’s been brushed with melted butter.

Put the dish in a preheated oven at 400 F and bake them for 10 minutes, or until the egg sets.

When they have cooled a bit, you can sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and add some sliced berries for a garnish.

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I hope you love your blintzes! Feel free to experiment with any filling you like. You can make them with savory ingredients like potatoes and onions if you prefer savory foods. If you have any questions, just let me know! Enjoy!

Here’s the recipe we used.

I adapted my recipe from Everyday Recipes, and here’s a list of the supplies you’ll need in addition to the ingredients.

No-Cry Gloves for kids
Microplane for zest
Pastry Brush
Measuring Cups and Spoons