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Friday, April 9, 2010

Blintzes With Ricotta Cream And Strawberry Sauce


Ever heard of dessert for breakfast? blintzes are one such befitting example.These Eastern European cheese-filled crepes might appear sinfully loaded with calories but my recreation here is completely diet friendly with no saturated fat(butter) and lightly sweetened.No compromise with flavors though,the luscious strawberry sauce and light cheese filling embellish the blintzes inside out.


The star ingredient of the stuffing in these blintzes is Italian cheese - ricotta.Ricotta cheese comes in different varieties ,common are,smooth texture Ricotta salata , toasty baked Ricotta infornata,sheep's milk ricotta,smoked ricotta and cow's milk fine-grained ricotta.

By-product of cheese making,made from the whey,the fresh Ricotta is one of the few cheese that comes in low-fat and also very affordable ,which is why,it is utilized more often in my cooking.For these blintzes I use the low fat fine-grained ricotta and blend it with a sweetener until creamy and smooth.


More often I like strawberries whole and juicy than cooked,but once in a blue moon the overly ripe ,do make it into sauces.Darker the interior of the berries are,more sweeter and richer it is in anti-oxidants.Mix in other kinds of berries in the sauce for an even berrilicious sauce.


Recipe : Blintzes With Low-fat Ricotta Cream And Strawberry Sauce
Makes 10 Blintzes
Ingredients
For Crepes
1 cup Whole wheat flour( fine ground)
1 1/2 cup low-fat or skimmed milk
1 large Organic egg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil for greasing the pan and sauteing the blintzes later.

For Ricotta Cheese Filling:

1 1/2 cups reduced fat ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
2 tablespoon Organic Agave nectar or Pure honey

For berry Sauce
1 pint Fresh strawberries( or blueberries or raspberries),hulled and chopped
2 teaspoon corn starch or arrow root powder
2 tablespoon Organic Agave nectar or Pure honey


Method
Use a whisk and combine the flour,milk,egg,salt and vanilla is a large mixing bowl until batter is smooth consistency.Let stand for few minutes.

Meanwhile prepare the sauce.Combine the berries and honey in a heavy saucepan.Cook over medium heat until berries bubble and release their juices,about 5 minutes
Dissolve cornstarch or arrowroot in lemon or orange juice and add to the fruit along.Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 2 to 4 more minutes until the mixture begins to thicken.Remove from heat and allow to cool.For a smoother sauce,mash or puree half the berries with a potato masher or in a blender.

Next make the crepes.Heat a non-stick medium size pan. Slightly grease(with oil) the pan using a kitchen towel and pour a ladle full of the crepe batter into the pan,tilt it ,to spread the batter around the pan until the mixture sets. Place back onto the heat and wait until small bubbles appear on the surface, then flip the crepe over. Cook for a few seconds on the other side and remove from the pan with a spatula. Repeat the same for the rest of the batter.

Prepare the filling by whipping together cheese,sweetener and vanilla in a blender until creamy smooth.

To Assemble the blintz,spoon about a tablespoon of the ricotta cream mixture over the center of each crepe. Fold the opposite sides of the wrapper over the filling. Lay them on a plate,seam side down.Finish assembling all of the blintzes.

Final step,saute the folded crepes(blintzes),heat about a teaspoon of oil in a non-stick pan and saute them,in batches of 4,about 2 minutes on each side,until crisp and lightly browned.
Drizzle the strawberry sauce and serve warm or cold with slices of fresh strawberries.


This is my entry for Weekend herb blogging #228,hosted this week by Prof Kitty from The Cabinet of Prof. Kitty

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31 comments:

simply.food said...

wow I am drooling these little parcels look look heaven.

lisaiscooking said...

These look delicious, and the strawberry sauce is lovely! Great to know they're light too.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

I am going crazy for this. What a splendid breakfast choice! Love the beautiful packets and the sauce.

Tina said...

Colourful and creamy....

Subhie Arun said...

wow..am lookin ad the pics....beautiful packet n sauce...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A mouthwatering speciality! I'll have to try that soon...

Cheers,

Rosa

Nithu Bala said...

They looks too yummy..I'm drooling here..

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious recipe...love the colour....nice presentation

anudivya said...

Am totally bookmarking this... I have almost all the ingredients on hand, will give it a try this weekend.

Gita Jaishankar said...

I too love the idea of having dessert for breakfast...such a lovely presentation Yasmeen...awesome :)

C and C Dish said...

Wow...these blintzes look divine, I adore Ricotta Cream blintzes...Thanks for the recipe!

Cham said...

I never tasted blintzes but love the gooey filling! The fruit sauce is on top of all :)

Priya said...

Never had blintzes looks awesome and with those toppings i will definitely wish to have rite now some blintzes:)..

Joanne said...

I love the sound of dessert for breakfast (really I love any excuse to eat it at any time of the day). This ricotta filling just made my morning!

sayantani said...

am a sucker for desserts any time the day. these look so lovely that right now I wanna make some. great recipe and I guess we can substitute ricotta with homemade cottage cheese.

Mona said...

Hmm, you are torturing us gal, those cheese filled crepes with the that enticing red strawberry sauce looks super good. An easy recipe that I am looking forward to try very soon inshallah. Jazakallahu Khair for sharing.

Barbara Bakes said...

Looks like a perfect breakfast! I got some lime honey recently that would be perfect in these.

Ivy said...

Wow, this looks delicious. Please come and collect an Award from my blog. Have a wonderful weekend.

Cherine said...

wow this looks sooo good!

bed frames said...

I fell in love with the sauce! It is really so lovely! I can't wait to make some for myself!

Veggie Belly said...

I had something similar in latvia..but your blintzes look infinitely healthier!

Silly said...

I love these inside out.

Sarah said...

Can't believe this dessert for breakfast can be made healthier.Thanks for the recipe with a healthy twist =)

Rumana Rawat said...

Wow!!! This looks so YUMMY and colorful...
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tasteofbeirut said...

These blintzes look so luscious I would love a couple for breakfast right about now! with the strawberry sauce too please!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

absolute delicious looking and love the pictures they make me drool!

Curry Leaf said...

Slurp I love these and love the sauce as well.Love the way you clicked the pics Y.Mouthwatering

Arlette said...

I am drolling from your Amazing Blintzes...
gorgeous looking strawberries, me too I like to enjoy them fresh, can't wait for the season to open and we go for strawberry picking .

Organic said...

Almost as good as dessert and healthy too.Nice take on blintzes Yasmeen.

Deepa said...

Looks simply yummy. Can't take my eyes off it.


Hamaree Rasoi

Katherine said...

Looks great! Love the whole wheat crepe idea!

Any idea on the calorie count on these??

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