Baked blintz is actually part of my family's Christmas Day tradition. Every year on Christmas morning we would always go to my grandparent's house for brunch after opening our presents from Santa. Baked blintz was always sure to be part of the spread on the table along with all other sorts of brunchy goodies.
Now, you may have never heard of blintz and have no idea what it is. Traditionally, it is a type of thin pancake that you put a filling in and roll up, similar to a crepe.
To simplify the recipe for serving to a crowd it can also be easily converted to a dish bake. A layer of the batter is spread on the bottom of a baking dish, coated with a cottage cheese mixture for the filling, and then topped of with another layer of that batter. It ends up as a sort of egg souffle. Serve with a side of sour cream and fruit preserves to lather on top as you please.
There's actually only three eggs in the dish so it's neither super eggy nor super cheesy since cottage cheese doesn't have an overwhelming amount of flavor. The sour cream and fruit preserve toppings can really direct the flavor of the dish. It's not bland in and of itself, I've enjoyed it plain plenty of times, the toppings just give it a flavor boost. It's very similar to pancakes where they can still taste great plain, but when you load them up with chocolate chips and berries it just takes them to a new level!
If you've never had baked blintz before and you're looking for something new to try, I definitely suggest you give it a shot. It's pretty simple and straightforward to prepare and can easily be doubled to make a larger batch. Just a warning that if you aren't able to spread the top layer of batter all the way to the edges, it may lift up and curl a bit (as you can see it did in my pictures) but don't worry, it still tastes just as good!
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup milk (skim or 2%)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1 lb (16 oz) cottage cheese, creamed
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Fruit preserves or fresh berries and sour cream for topping.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x9 (or similar sized) baking dish.
- To prepare batter, in a medium bowl mix butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Blend in milk. Add baking powder and flour and mix until combined. Set aside.
- To prepare filling, in a medium bowl mix creamed cottage cheese and butter. Beat in egg. Mix in sour cream and salt.
- Spread half of batter in prepared baking dish. Add all the filling. Cover with other half of the batter.
- Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Serve with fruit preserves or fresh berries and sour cream.