Valley Fig Growers

Lemony California Fig and Cheese Blintzes

Makes 6 blintzes.



1 cup fat-free or low-fat cottage cheese

4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese

2 to 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup stemmed, chopped Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs



1 1/2 cups fat-free or low-fat milk

1 1/3 cups white whole wheat flour

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 to 10 teaspoons butter



1/2 cup fat-free or reduced-fat sour cream

3 tablespoons Orchard Choice California Fig Spread (Mission or Orange flavor)



  1. For filling, in food processor bowl, combine cottage cheese, cream cheese, sugar, zest and vanilla extract.  Whirl until smooth, stopping to scrape side of bowl once or twice.  Scrape mixture into a bowl.  Stir in figs. Cover and chill until ready to bake blintzes. (Can be made up to 1 day before serving.)
  2. For pancakes, in clean, dry food processor bowl, combine milk, flour, eggs, sugar and salt.  Whirl until blended.  Pour into a 2-cup glass measuring cup or bowl.  Cover and chill for 1 hour.  Batter should be the consistency of heavy cream.  Place a 10-inch skillet over medium heat.  Add 1 teaspoon butter to skillet. When butter melts, swirl pan to coat evenly.  Add about 1/4 cup batter. Tilt pan to cover bottom evenly. Return to heat and cook until underside is golden, about 45 to 60 seconds. Carefully flip pancake and cook the other side for 10 to15 seconds.  Remove to a wire rack to cool.  Repeat with remaining batter and butter. (Cooled pancakes can be stacked between sheets of wax paper, wrapped airtight and refrigerated for 1 to 2 days before serving.)
  3. To assemble and bake, preheat oven to 375ºF. Place one pancake on a cutting board. Spoon 1/3 cup filling in the shape of a cylinder (about 3-x-2-inch) slightly below the center of one pancake.  Fold up bottom of pancake over filling.   Fold in sides.  Roll up to enclose filling.  Place, seam side down, on baking sheet coated with nonstick spray.  Repeat to make 6 blintzes.  Spray tops of blintzes with nonstick spray or brush with 1 tablespoon of butter, melted. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until hot.
  4. Serve warm, topping each with about a tablespoon of sour cream and a teaspoon or two of Fig Spread.

Photography Lorelle Del Matto

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Nutrition Information

amount per serving

  • Calories 420
  • % Calories from Fat 25%
  • Fat 12
  • Cholesterol 121
  • Protein 17
  • Carbohydrates 60
  • Fiber 7
  • Iron 3
  • Sodium 455
  • Calcium 254
  • Potassium 353