Traditional cheese blintzes topped with blackberry compote
Alternative namesBlintzes
TypeJewish cuisine
Place of originEastern Europe, Israel, other countries with a significant remaining Jewish population
Created byAshkenazi Jewish community of Central and Eastern Europe
Serving temperatureHot, traditionally with sour cream or fruit compote
Main ingredientsFlour, 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 (Hebrew: חֲבִיתִית; Yiddish: בלינצע) is a rolled filled pancake in Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine, in essence a wrap based on a crepe or Russian blini .[1]


Traditional blintzes are filled with sweetened cheese, sometimes with the addition of raisins. They are served on Shavuot.[2] The word blintz in English comes from the Yiddish word בלינצע or blintse, coming from a Slavic word блинец [blin-yets] meaning blin, or pancake.[3]

Like the knishes, blintzes represent foods that are now considered typically Jewish, and exemplify the changes in foods that Jews adopted from their Christian neighbors.[4]


  1. ^ "blintze | a thin, usually wheat-flour pancake folded to form a casing (as for cheese or fruit) and then sautéed or baked". Retrieved 2015-08-12.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Cheese Blintzes for Shavuot". Mother would know. 30 April 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Blintz definition". Merriam Webster dictionary. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  4. ^ Lowenstein, Steven M. (2000). The Jewish cultural tapestry : international Jewish folk traditions. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-515800-8. OCLC 80242007.

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