When food is made with love you can taste it
My mother’s blintzes are made with such care and love that you can taste it in every delicious bite.
Every year for the holiday of Shavuot when it’s traditional to eat dairy foods my mother makes a big batch of these special blintzes for the family to enjoy. First, the wrappers are made which are called bletlach and in this family, we have three different fillings. Potato mixed with melted onions, savory cheese which is farmers cheese mixed with more of those onions, salt, and pepper, and sweet cheese which has cinnamon and sugar. A big dollop of the filling is placed just off center in each bletl (single of bletlach) then folded and rolled to tuck in the creamy filling. My mother learned how to make blintzes from her mother, my Bubby and I’m so happy that I got to learn how to make them too. I don’t have many memories of my Bubby as she passed away when I was 4 years old, but I get to connect to her through making her recipes and hearing stories about her life.
Serve these blintzes with plenty of sour cream and enjoy them with people you love.
My Bubby’s blintz recipe is a true Bubby recipe so it’s a little bit of this and a pinch of that so the fillings are written somewhat in that style but my mother has found that the blintz recipe from Tyler Florence is most similar to what my grandmother did so that’s what I’ll share here so you will have the exact measurements. His original recipe makes 10 blintzes but I have written it here as doubled and it usually makes more than that because it depends on how much batter you pour in the pan and how big your pan is. The filling recipes below will make about 35-40 blintzes.
2 cups all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
2 cups milk
1/2 cup cold water
1/3 cup / 6 Tbsp butter, melted
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and salt then add the milk and water stir to combine then add the eggs and melted butter. Whisk until smooth it’s ok if it’s a little lumpy. You can also place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend for 10 seconds until smooth.
Heat a 8” nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Add a small pat of butter to the pan and swirl to melt around the pan. Using a ladle add about 1/8 cup of batter to the pan and swirl the pan to coat the bottom completely. Cook for about 30-40 seconds then using a rubber spatula gently peel the bletl from the bottom of the pan and use your hands to flip the bletl to cook the other side for just 3 seconds. Flip out onto a piece of parchment paper and then add more batter to the pan. Add another pat of butter after every few bletl.
For melted onions
Slice two large onions and add to a pot with a chunk of butter, a pinch of salt, and a splash of water. Cover the pot and cook the onions over a low flame stirring occasionally until soft and melted. This takes a while but your patience will be rewarded.
Peel 2 medium potatoes and cut them into chunks and boil until tender
Drain, mash, and then add one egg, salt, and pepper to taste and half of the onions. Stir to combine
Savory cheese filling
Mix together an 8 oz package of farmer cheese or 250 grams of tuv taam with a pinch of salt and pepper and half of the melted onions.
Sweet cheese filling
Mix together an 8 oz package of farmer cheese or 250 grams of tuv taam with 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a few spoonfuls of sugar along with a pinch of salt. Taste adding more cinnamon or sugar if necessary and then mix in one egg.
To fill and cook the blintzes
Place a large dollop of the filling about 1 heaping tablespoon in the bottom third of
one bletl. Fold the bottom over the filling then fold in the sides. Fold over and place in an aluminum pan seam side down.
At this point, the blintzes can be kept in the fridge or freezer. When you’re ready to eat just heat up some butter in a pan and gently cook the blintzes until they are golden brown on both sides.