Breakfast Blintzes with Caramelized Rhubarb and Sour Cream
Cooking blintzes takes a bit of practice. A nonstick skillet is a great help. The first blintz is almost never perfect; just discard it and start again. The blintzes can be made up to step 5 up to two hours ahead. The extra quarter tablespoon of sugar in the blintz batter is important -- it is a generous pinch.
Martha Stewart Living, May 2001
- 11 tablespoons butter (1 3/4 sticks), plus more for pan
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 1 cup plus 2 1/4 tablespoons sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 pounds trimmed rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch lengths (about 5 cups)
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons brandy
- 1/2 pint sour cream, or more if desired
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter; let cool.
- Combine the flour, salt, 1/4 tablespoon sugar, eggs, milk, and 2 tablespoons reserved melted, cooled butter in the bowl of a food processor, and process until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator at least 1 hour or overnight.
- Fill a large bowl with ice and water; set aside. Melt remaining 9 tablespoons butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar over butter; cook until sugar has dissolved and starts to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add rhubarb; cook, shaking pan vigorously to coat in caramelized sugar, until rhubarb is tender and just starting to fall apart, about 5 minutes. Add brandy to pan, shake pan, cook just until liquid comes to a boil, about 30 seconds; remove from heat. Transfer rhubarb to a small bowl; set into the ice bath to stop the cooking.
- Heat a 10-inch nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Melt about A tablespoon butter in saute pan; swirl to coat. If butter pools, gently wipe with a paper towel. Pour a scant 1/4 cup chilled batter into hot saute pan. Swirl pan to form a thin, even layer; cook blintz until bottom is very lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Do not turn over. Loosen edge of blintz with a spatula; slide out of pan onto a piece of waxed paper. Continue making blintzes until all batter is used (you may not need to add butter to pan each time); place a piece of waxed paper between each one.
- Transfer a blintz, cooked side up, onto a plate. Spoon a generous 1/4 cup of rhubarb filling (getting a nice amount of fruit to liquid) into center of blintz. Carefully fold up blintz, creating an envelope for filling; set aside, seam up, on a baking sheet. Continue filling and folding until all blintzes and filling have been used.
- Melt just enough butter to lightly coat bottom of large saute pan (use same nonstick saute pan or a slightly larger saute pan if you wish, over medium-low heat). Arrange 2 or 3 filled blintzes at a time, depending on size of pan, in saute pan; cook until blintzes are golden and crisp on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Serve immediately with sour cream.
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