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Cherry-Ricotta Blintzes

May/June 2014

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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.


Cherry-Ricotta Blintzes

Makes: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 blintz

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 6 9-inch ready-to-use crêpes
  • 2 teaspoons melted butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar for garnish

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Combine cherries, water, granulated sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until thickened, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine ricotta, vanilla and lemon zest in a small bowl.
  4. Transfer a crêpe 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 crêpe. Top with a generous 1 tablespoon of the cherry mixture. Fold both sides of the crêpe over the filling and roll closed. Repeat with the remaining crêpes and fillings (saving enough cherry mixture for topping). Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with melted butter.
  5. 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 & Notes

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

Nutrition

Per serving: 184 calories; 5 g fat (3 g sat, 1 g mono); 19 mg cholesterol; 30 g carbohydrates; 7 g added sugars; 20 g total sugars; 5 g protein; 2 g fiber; 118 mg sodium; 212 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 medium fat meat, 1/2 fat


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Recipe Categories

Total Time
45 minutes or less
Servings
6
Preparation/ Technique
Bake
Meal/Course
Dessert
Type of Dish
Desserts, fruit
Ethnic/Regional
American
Health & Diet Considerations
Low calorie
Low cholesterol
Low sodium
Healthy weight
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Publication
May/June 2014
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