Traditional cheese blintzes topped with blackberry compote
|Place of origin||Eastern Europe, Israel, other countries with a significant remaining Jewish population|
|Created by||Ashkenazi Jewish community of Central and Eastern Europe|
|Serving temperature||Hot, traditionally with sour cream or fruit compote|
|Main ingredients||Flour, water, milk, egg, kosher salt, sugar, traditionally filled with farmer's cheese, or also cottage cheese, cream cheese, ricotta, or fruit. Fried in butter, cooking oil, or margarine. For Passover, matzo meal is used instead of flour.|
A blintz is a popular traditional Jewish cigar-shaped filled pancake of Ashkenazi Jewish origin, similar to a crepe or the Russian blin. Blintzes are commonly filled with farmer's cheese or fruit. They are traditionally served for Shavuot and, less commonly, for Chanukah and other Jewish holidays.
The word blintz in English comes from the Yiddish word בלינצע or blintse, coming from a Slavic word for pancake.
In popular culture
Blintzes are the subject of a famous Jewish parable, which uses the blintz as an analogy for Judaism itself, and one’s own adherence to its beliefs.