Experimenting with pastry and fillings – with tasty results

10 Feb

I got a call asking for “something like the Russian Blintz” thing from Pancake Parlour.

Blini/blintzes are filled egg pancakes, usually with some form of sweet or savoury cheese sauce.  They look like this:

Somewhat similar to the Pancake Parlour one, apparently.

I got the call at 8pm on Wednesday.  Not quite the time for pancakes.  However, I had been making pastry shells, just because I was trying to get my pastry recipe right.  So, instead, I used the pastry shells I’d made (they freeze amazingly, also) and made up a sweet cheese filling (think liquid cheesecake).  It did the job!

You’ll need (makes enough to fill about 8 decent sized pastry shells):

  • 250g Philadelphia cheese
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • decent handful of sultanas/raisins (I prefer raisins but I only had sultanas on hand)
  • tablespoon vanilla extract (this is still going strong – 50% left)
  • dash of thickened cream
  • icing sugar for dusting

First, blind bake the pastry shells until golden brown.  Dust with regular sugar beforehand, for a pretty (and sweet) effect.

Grab a saucepan, fill with water, and melt the cheese.  Helps if the cheese is already softened a little bit (take out of the fridge earlier in the day), or you can nuke it in the microwave for 1.5-2mins.

Once it’s sufficiently softened, add sugar, mix, add vanilla and fruit, mix again.

Once all mixed together let it cook for a few minutes, then take off the heat and stir in a little bit of cream.  Leave aside to firm up.

Once cases are baked, take out of the oven and fill with the cheese mixture.  Dust with icing sugar to serve.  I garnished with a curl of white chocolate.  Great hot or cold, and perfect afternoon tea.

One, two three!

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