The following recipes have been family traditions for as long as I can remember. My mother a'h, instilled in us a joy for holidays, that I can proudly say has passed down to our daughters, and hopefully, will continue for generations to come
These are the popular crepes
that went over so well for Pesach (Passover). We have substituted the potato starch with whole wheat flour but many people prefer the potato starch even all year round. Cheese blintzes are the most popular for Shavuot.
Beat eggs and egg whites together with salt and set aside. Mix potato starch with part of the water to form a smooth paste. Add the rest of the water and beaten eggs and mix well. Add remaining ingredients and mix well again. (A blender or food processor is handy for mixing the batter, but be careful to mix just until blended. Over mixing will create a foam that must be removed, or it will affect the texture of the finished crepes.) Transfer batter to a pitcher that is wide enough to allow mixing.
Heat olive oil and non-stick spray in an 8- inch, non-stick frying pan. Pour off extra oil into a dish. Keep a paper towel in this dish to use for wiping the pan after every few crepes (this helps keep the amount of oil needed down to a minimum), or spray with non-stick cooking spray. When the pan is hot, lower the heat to medium and pour in 1/4 -1/2 cup of batter. Tilt pan to cover the bottom and pour any extra batter back into the pitcher. This will ensure very thin blintzes. As soon as the batter is firm, loosen the edges and turn over onto a dish towel or slightly greased piece of aluminum foil. Then return it to the pan to cook on the other side. (You can flip it with a spatula, but most people find it easier to turn it out and then return it to the frying pan.) Cook on the second side for no more than a few seconds and remove to a towel. Before making the next crepe, mix batter with a fork in order to blend in any potato starch that settles.
Unless you're a real pro, the first 1 or 2 blintzes may not come out easily and will tear.
For crepes (blintzes):
Baked Cheese Cake (Dairy)
Low Carb, Low Fat / Yield: 12 servings
non-stick cooking spray
4 eggs, separated, plus 2 egg whites
sugar substitute equal to 3/4 cup sugar, divided
1 teaspoon lemon juice, divided
dash of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups 3% soft white cheese, light cream cheese or ricotta cheese,drained
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons vanilla-flavored, low-carb soy protein powder
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
sugar substitute equal to 2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan with baking paper. Spray just a bit with non-stick cooking spray.
Separate the eggs. Beat egg whites the Enlitened way (p. 43) with
salt, half of the sugar substitute and half of the lemon juice, until stiff.
Beat the egg yolks with the remaining sugar substitute until thick. With the mixer on a low-medium setting, beat in the vanilla, cheese, lemon juice and rind, and protein powder until incorporated. Gently fold into the beaten egg whites.
Bake for 10 minutes at 400°F, and then turn the oven down to 300°F and bake for another 40 minutes. When the top of the cake is set, turn off the oven and keep the oven door closed. Allow to cool for another hour in the oven.
Remove and continue to cool on a wire rack.
Combine topping ingredients. Spread on top of the cheesecake and bake for 5 minutes at 450°F.
Garnishes and Variations:
Fruit: Decorate with fresh strawberries and kiwi or any fruit of choice.
Nut: Add 1/4 cup roasted slivered almonds or chopped hazelnuts and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional) to cake. Sprinkle 1/4 cup coarsely chopped almonds on the topping.
Orange: Add 1 teaspoon orange extract and 1 teaspoon grated orange rind to the basic batter.
Marble: For the marble, reserve 1/2-3/4 cup of the basic batter; add to it 2 tablespoons each of unsweetened dark cocoa and sugar substitute. Mix well. This batter will be thicker than the basic one.
Spoon it in dollops onto the basic batter in the spring form pan. Swirl with a metal spatula or knife to marbleize.
Serving size2 slice, (oz) 1.5, (g) 45 Calories 80, Protein (g) 7,
Carbs (g) 3.2, Fat (g) 4.1, Sat. Fat (g) 2, Cholesterol (mg) 78, Sodium (mg) 72,
Calcium (mg) 53
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Using our tip below for draining cheeses and/or low fat sour cream or yogurt, place a container of yogurt (leben will be less tart) in the cheesecloth and drain overnight-voila low fat cream cheese. Here are some ways
to dress up this delectable cheese...
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Sprinkle cinnamon, sugar substitute and some chopped nuts,mix and enjoy!
Mix a tablespoon of granulated coffee with some sugar substitute. Add a few drops of boiling water-just enough to melt-stir in to the cheese.
For a spicy tang use garlic powder, black pepper, diced green onions, chives and almost any herb that you like.
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