Apple Pie Blintzes

Apple Pie Blintzes

Apple Pie Blintzes

I had friends over for brunch yesterday and wanted a dessert to go along with the meal.  I looked at what I had on hand and decided to use flour tortillas and fresh apples. I ended up with apple-filled tortillas that tasted like warm apple pie.

I soaked the tortillas in milk – actually I soaked them in almond milk because my guests are vegan- but you could use regular milk if you prefer. By soaking the tortillas in milk, they soften up and can be used like a crepe. Soak them for at least 30 minutes, or up to an hour. I placed the tortillas in a shallow baking pan and made sure to drizzle each one with almond milk as I added them to the pan.

For the filling, I peeled a couple of large apples and cored them. Then I sliced them thin and placed them in a skillet with sugar, cinnamon and a tablespoon of water. I cooked the apples until they were just soft.  The amount of sugar depends on how sweet the apples are and how sweet you want your filling. Same thing with the amount of cinnamon. Add the amount that tastes right to you. I also added a little lemon juice and a pinch of salt. I wanted them moist, but not too watery.

To assemble the blintzes, place a softened tortilla on your work surface and spoon a little apple filling in the middle. You can do this with hot filling, or even make the filling ahead of time and use it cold. Don’t over fill them or you won’t be able to fold them up. I used 8-inch tortillas and used about 1/4 cup of filling for each one. Fold the sides in until they almost meet in the middle and them roll the tortilla up to cover the filling. Place seam side down until ready to fry them.

Heat oil ( or butter if you like), in a skillet,  and brown the blintzes over medium heat until lightly toasted on both sides. They will be crispy on the outside, but tender in the middle. Put on a serving plate, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve while warm.

My guests really liked them and said they did not realize they were made from tortillas. I have made these before and use different fruit fillings. I’ve even made a cheese filled version a few times. It seems I usually have a package of tortillas, so it is a go-to dessert for me in a pinch.


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