One of my childhood joys was baked crepes with cottage cheese. In a country with so few candies and sweets to in from the shops, homemade desserts were heaven for us. This recipe is one that I did not try for a few years. It is one of my favorites but keep forgetting about it.
In Romania, we roll the crepes and stuff them with chocolate, jam, cheese, meat, or spinach. We name them “clătite” and they are amazing.
- 250 g flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 1 ½ cup sparkling water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 500 g cottage cheese
- 2 eggs
- 150 g sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Grated rind of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon homemade vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ sour cream
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoon sugar
Mix eggs with salt. Gradually add flour, milk, and mineral water. Mix until smooth. Let stand 30 minutes before cooking. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over medium-high heat. Pour approximately 3 tablespoons of batter into the pan, swirling to coat the bottom of the pan evenly. Cook each side until golden brown (about 2 minutes on each side).
In a bowl, mix eggs and sugar until foamy. Add cottage cheese, lemon rind, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.
Add 2 tablespoons of cheese mixture down the center to each crepe and roll up as you would an egg roll. Place them seam side down in an oiled 9 x 9-inch casserole dish. Continue doing that till the dish is full.
Mix the cream with egg and sugar and pour over pancakes till they are all covered. Bake crepes in a 175 C (350 F) oven for about 25 minutes or until golden. Serve warm or cold.