Spring Rhubarb Blintzes
|Source||With inspiration from Mark Bittman|
|Cooking time||1 hour|
|Total time||1 hour|
Blintzes are very similar to crepes, but typically folded into small envelopes instead of rolled into tubes. Blintzes also have one extra step - a quick saute or bake after assembling - to crisp up the outsides of these yummy little packages. You can substitute other fruit sauces, even jams, for the topping.
To make the blintzes
Melt the butter and set aside to cool. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and milk until well combined. Add the eggs and cooled butter, beating until smooth. Allow to rest for up to an hour in the refrigerator if time allows to let air bubbles settle out. Meanwhile, prepare the filling and start cooking the sauce.
Heat a non-stick pan to medium-high until a few sprinkles of water evaporate quickly. Ladle or pour a few tablespoons of batter in. Deftly swirl the pan in a circular motion to spread the batter into a large, even 6-8 inch circle. This will take nimble hands and a bit of practice - don't worry if the first one doesn't come out perfect. Allow to cook for about a minute until the batter dries, then carefully flip over to finish cooking for another half a minute. Both sides should be cooked and delicately browned, but not crispy. Remove and stack up on a plate for filling later. You should get about 10 or 12 blintzes out of the batter.
To make the filling and rhubarb sauce
Combine the cottage cheese and honey to make the filling, then set aside.
Wash the rhubarb stocks and discard the leaves (they are mildly poisonous). You can optionally remove the celery-like strings on the outside, but you don’t have to (if you don't, just chop it finer). Chop the rhubarb and apple, then place in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Once simmering, reduce the heat and cover. Cook the mixture down until the rhubarb is softened and you have a slightly thickened sauce. Add the maple syrup and vanilla, and adjust sweetness to taste.
Assemble the blintzes
One at a time, spoon a few tablespoons of the cottage cheese mixture onto one end of a blintze. Fold the bottom edge over the filling, then fold in the sides like an envelope and roll up the rest into a tidy little package. Continue doing this with the rest of the blintzes and filling. Bake or saute to finish. If baking, place the blintzes close together in a buttered oven-safe dish and bake at 400 degrees for a few minutes until browned and crisped. If sautéing, place a few at a time in a medium-high, buttered pan until the bottoms are crisp, then flip and crisp the tops. Serve finished blintzes on plates with generous dollops of rhubarb sauce over each.