Ready-made crêpes--available near the berries in most produce departments--keep this blintz dessert recipe easy enough for a weeknight but stunning enough for a dinner party. Just a few minutes in the oven melts the lemony ricotta filling to deliciously complement the sweet cherries.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2014

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Recipe Summary

total:
40 mins
Servings:
6
Nutrition Profile:
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

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  • Combine cherries, water, granulated sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until thickened, 6 to 8 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, combine ricotta, vanilla and lemon zest in a small bowl.

  • Transfer a crepe to a work surface, keeping it on its piece of plastic from the package. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture into a 3-inch-long strip on the lower third of the crepe. Top with a generous 1 tablespoon of the cherry mixture. Fold both sides of the crepe over the filling and roll closed. Repeat with the remaining crepes and fillings (saving enough cherry mixture for topping). Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with melted butter.

  • Bake the blintzes until lightly browned, 5 to 7 minutes. To serve, top each with about 2 tablespoons of the remaining cherry filling. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, if desired.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate cherry and cheese fillings (Steps 2 & 3) in separate containers for up to 1 day.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

184 calories; protein 5.4g 11% DV; carbohydrates 30.2g 10% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 1.7g 7% DV; sugars 20.4g; fat 4.9g 8% DV; saturated fat 2.9g 14% DV; cholesterol 19mg 6% DV; vitamin a iu 207.9IU 4% DV; vitamin c 5.8mg 10% DV; folate 7.2mcg 2% DV; calcium 105.6mg 11% DV; iron 0.6mg 3% DV; magnesium 13.4mg 5% DV; potassium 211.9mg 6% DV; sodium 110.4mg 4% DV; thiaminmg 3% DV; added sugar 7g.

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08/04/2014
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Rating: 3 stars
08/04/2014
I just made these! Bought a big bag of fresh cherries and realized'I need to find a recipe for these' Bought a cherry pitter which I love. First time making crepes.They came out great. My only comment is that the ricotta filling is runny. Maybe a different cheese might work better. Overall I like it and it's so pretty! Read More