Citizens, you may not be aware that in 2006, President George W. Bush set a law that Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) was to be annually recognized, each May, to celebrate the 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture.
So, in that spirit and to happily celebrate the law, here is a classic Jewish blintz recipe for your enjoyment!
A blintz (plural: blintzes, Russian: блин, блины (pl.) bliny; Ukrainian: млинці, mlyntsi; blini; Yiddish: בלינצע blintse) is a thin pancake (similar to a crêpe) which is often served in connection with a religious rite or festival in several cultures.
The English word blintz comes from the Yiddish “blintse” which in turns come from blin. “Blin” comes from Old Slavic mlin, that means “to mill” (compare the Ukrainian word for blin млинець, mlynets’).
Blins had a ritual significance for early Slavic peoples in pre-Christian times, since they were a symbol of the sun due to their round form. They were traditionally prepared at the end of the winter to honor the rebirth of the new sun (Pancake week, or Maslenitsa).
This tradition was adopted by the Russian Orthodox church and is carried on to the present day. Bliny were once also served at wakes, to commemorate the recently deceased.
Jews adapted the blintz but made them in a folded rectangular shape and stuffed with Farmers Cheese – two fried blintzes side-by-side bear a remarkable resemblance to the tablets of the 10 Commandments and are a traditional delicacy to be eaten on the Jewish holiday of Shavuot (happening on June 11 in 2016), which celebrates the giving of the 10 Commandments.
Traditionally, dairy meals are eaten on Shavuot and the cheese-stuffed blintz became the traditional dessert of this holiday for Russian and German Jews. Cholesterol and fat meld in a new decadent form in this recipe, so eat in moderation!
Citizens, these are the blintzes you remember from your youth – and I remember from early morning deli excursions in MY youth 😀
TFD‘s blintzes are extra creamy by mixing in a secret ingredient: Mascarpone cheese! When added along with the traditional Farmers Cheese filling, these are the creamiest blintzes you will ever try.
Frying them in clarified butter (Ghee) is appropriate to the dairy-themed holiday and adds a special richness as well to the final product.
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