Sunday, August 17, 2014


These can really be made by one person, but it is so much more fun with someone else on hand to help. Katie usually helps by arranging the crepes on the kitchen towels. She also eats the extra bits of crepes that form on the outside of the circles, and helps me roll them around the cheese filling. With my daughter away at college, my husband came to the rescue. Here is Norman making perfect blintzes as he watches tennis on TV. Now that takes coordination!

The recipe below includes both regular and gluten free crepes. I always make them both ways for my family and the amount of batter for both versions together will yield just right amount of crepes for the filling. Note: For some reason, Farmer's Cheese does not cause a problem for me with my lactose intolerance, and it says right on the package of Friendship Farmer's Cheese that it has less than 0.5% of lactose in the cheese so that might be why. But if this would still be an issue, you can try other fillings such as fruit, or a savory version with mashed potatoes and other vegetables.


3 lbs. Farmer's Cheese (You can buy a big log of this at the deli counter)
1/2 cup sugar or sugar substitute
2 eggs

Regular Crepes:
1 1/4 cups of water
1 cup of all purpose flour
6 eggs
Pinch of salt

Gluten Free Crepes:
3/4 cup of water
1/2 cup of Gluten free all purpose flour
1/4 tsp Xantham gum
3 eggs
Pinch of salt

Grapeseed oil or vegetable oil to fry the crepes
Butter to fry the finished crepes
Light sour cream
Frozen berries
Agave sweetener or honey

Cover a large counter space or your kitchen table with dish towels. I use two 10" non-stick omelet pans to create the crepes. If you do not have two 10" pans or you find it too difficult to juggle 2 pans at once, do one at a time.

  • In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar together. Add the cheese and mix well. Set this bowl aside.
  • For the regular crepes, whisk flour and water together in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in eggs and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk GF flour, Xantham gum and water together until smooth. Add eggs and salt.
  • Heat the non-stick pans to medium high. I add a drop of oil to each pan. There should not be too much oil or the crepe will not set properly. Use a paper towel to spread the oil around evenly and to remove the excess oil, leaving just a fine coating in the pan. Do this after each crepe is done.
  • Pour a ladleful of crepe batter in the pan and quickly swirl it around to cover the bottom of the pan. Hold the pan over the batter bowl and let the excess drip back into the bowl. The crepe should be a very thin coating. Return the pan to the top of the stove and let it set for a few more seconds. You are simply waiting for any glistening wet spots to disappear as the crepe sets.
  • Cook only one side of the crepe. Do not try to flip it over and cook the other side. It is so thin that this is not necessary.
  • When the crepe is set, turn the pan over the kitchen towels on the counter and tap to release the crepe. 
  • Return the pan to the stove and add more oil with the paper towel, then repeat with the batter again. Make sure as you are arranging the crepes on the counter that you separate which ones are gluten free.
  • When all crepes are finished, add a small amount of cheese filling on top of each crepe. I usually arrange all the crepes on the counter and add cheese in the center of all of them before wrapping so that I know there is an even distribution of filling on each crepe. With your fingers, make the cheese look like a rectangular log in the center of the crepe. 
  • To wrap, fold 2 opposite sides of the crepe over the ends of the cheese log, then overlap the remaining two sides over the cheese to seal.
  • I hate to admit that butter does make a difference to the flavor of the blintzes so I do still cook them in a touch of butter on top of the stove. This step can be skipped. Using the pans I have out from making the crepes, I add a small pat of butter to each pan and place 4 blintzes in each pan to cook. Turn them once so that both sides are lightly golden brown.
  • Transfer each of the cooked blintzes into a large baking dish and keep warm in the oven. To make this ahead for serving later, cover the baking dish and refrigerate. Reheat them at 350 degrees until hot.
  • Serve with sour cream. A fruit topping can be made with frozen, unsweetened berries and agave sweetener or honey heated up in a small saucepan on top of the stove. Let the fruit bubble for a while until a thick sauce forms. Delicious!

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