Day 64: “Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics”
March 5, 2011
If you are invited to an event and asked to bring an egg bake, this is a great alternative. Always looking to keep things fresh and exciting and not bring what is expected in the form of an egg bake I was so excited to come upon this recipe. We have eaten Cheese Blintzes in the past……buying them frozen in the grocery store. To make Cheese Blintzes in their traditional form from scratch involved the first step to make crepes, (which if you want to do try these) which can be time-consuming. This recipe skips that step and instead you layer the ingredients and turn it into a one dish meal.
Have I told you lately that when I grow up I want to be Ina Garten? I love her show “The Barefoot Contessa” and I love her style for entertaining as well as the food that she creates. Her cookbook “Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics” delivers some great recipes for any family. Full of pictures and full of party and entertaining tips, this cookbook takes you past just recipes. I have about 10 more recipes that I want to try in this cookbook, such as the fresh raspberry gratins or the maple-roasted butternut squash. But when I came upon the blintzes recipes I knew I had to make and share this one with you.
The Ruling: We all loved it. It makes a lot, so if you need to feed a crowd, this one will do it. The only thing I wish I had done a better job doing was to pay attention to the “carefully spoon”, I poured and it made little rivers in my topping….no points for beauty on this one for me!
Baked Blintzes with fresh blueberry sauce, page 230
For the batter:
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 extra-large eggs
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
For the filling:
- 3 cups (24 ounces) ricotta cheese
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 2 extra-large eggs
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
Fresh Blueberry Sauce:
- 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (3 oranges)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoons cornstarch
- 4 half-pints fresh blueberries
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9×13 inch cake pan or baking dish.
- For the batter, place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and blend until smooth. (You can also use a blender.) Pour half the batter (about 1 3/4 cups) into the prepared dish and bake for 10 minutes, until set.
- Meanwhile, for the filling, whisk together the ricotta, mascarpone, eggs, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt and mix until thoroughly combined. Spread the cheese filling over the baked pancake. Carefully spoon the remaining pancake batter to cover the cheese.
- Return the pan to the oven and continue baking for 35-40 minutes, until the top is lightly golden and the filling is almost set. Remove from the oven and allow to stand 10-15 minutes. Cut the blintzes in squares and serve warm with the fresh blueberry sauce.
- For the sauce, combine the orange juice, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. WHen the mixture is translucent and thickened, stir int he blueberries and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, just until a few berries have burst but most are still whole. Stir in the lemon zest and lemon juice and cool.
To Joyful, Simplified Living,
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