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These cottage cheese crepes (nalisniki) are made from only 3 eggs!  

Cottage cheese crepes

My moms nalisniki are good but when I tried these crepes at a Russian ladies house, I couldn’t get over how fluffy and delicious they were! I ended up asking her for the recipe, plus you can’t beat a 3 egg nalisniki recipe! Other recipes can call for much more eggs and cottage cheese makes for a cheaper variation to farmers cheese. My sister in law commented that “these melt in your mouth”! I don’t think I can explain any better how really fluffy these turn out to be! I hope these may become a  favorite!

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Ingredients for the Crepes: 

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 cups milk, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil

ingredients for crepes

How to make Cottage cheese crepes: 

  1. Beat the eggs, sugar and salt. Add 2 cups of milk and mix over low speed gradually adding in the flour and cornstarch. Once batter is thick and creamy, add in the remaining milk. Mix in the oil and beat until well combined. Batter should be smooth and silky. 

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2. Heat a medium sized non-stick skillet (about 9″ diameter) over low heat.  Lightly grease and ladle about 1/3 cup of batter onto the preheated skillet, quickly swirling the pan from side to side to evenly coat the bottom of the pan.

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3. Heat crepe through until edges get slightly crispy. Then flip and heat the other side. Remove and repeat process, stacking crepes onto a plate.

Cottage cheese filling for crepes: 

  • 3 cups (or 24 oz) cottage cheese, drained & washed
  • 2 (8oz) pkgs cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter, for greasing and layering

ingredients for filling

To make Cottage Cheese Filling:

  1. Drain and throughly wash the cottage cheese in a strainer, squeezing out all the liquid; set aside.
  2. Place cottage cheese into a medium sized bowl and add the cream cheese, egg and sugar. Mix all ingredients thoroughly with a mixer until creamy.

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To assemble Nalisniki: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13″ by 9″ baking dish and set aside.

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2. Place crepe onto a working surface and spread  2 tbsp of the cheese mixture evenly over each crepe. Starting from the bottom half of the crepe, roll crepe upwards and place onto the prepared baking dish.

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3. Once crepes have covered the bottom of the baking dish, place 2 tbsp of butter pieces over the tops and repeat stacking likewise.

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4. Cover stacked and buttered crepes with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

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Serve warm out off the oven or fry in a buttered skillet like I did this time around….

fluffy crepes-nalisniki-cottage cheese

Cottage Cheese Crepes

Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 26 crepes
Author: Alyona's Cooking
These cottage cheese crepes (nalisniki) are made from only 3 eggs!  

Ingredients

Crepes

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 cups milk divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil

Cottage Cheese Filling

  • 3 cups or 24 oz cottage cheese, drained & washed
  • 2 8oz pkgs cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter for greasing and layering

Instructions

  • TO MAKE CREPES: Beat the eggs, sugar and salt. Add 2 cups of milk and mix over low speed gradually adding in the flour and cornstarch. Once batter is thick and creamy, add in the remaining milk. Mix in the oil and beat until well combined. Batter should be smooth and silky.
  • Heat a medium sized non-stick skillet (about 9" diameter) over low heat. Lightly grease and ladle about 1/3 cup of batter onto the preheated skillet, quickly swirling the pan from side to side to evenly coat the bottom of the pan.
  • Heat crepe through until edges get slightly crispy. Then flip and heat the other side. Remove and repeat process, stacking crepes onto a plate.
  • TO MAKE FILLING: Drain and throughly wash the cottage cheese in a strainer, squeezing out all the liquid; set aside.
  • Place cottage cheese into a medium sized bowl and add the cream cheese, egg and sugar. Mix all ingredients thoroughly with a mixer until creamy.
  • TO ASSEMBLE CREPES: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13" by 9" baking dish and set aside.
  • Place crepe onto a working surface and spread 2 tbsp of the cheese mixture evenly over each crepe. Starting from the bottom half of the crepe, roll crepe upwards and place onto the prepared baking dish.
  • Once crepes have covered the bottom of the baking dish, place 2 tbsp of butter pieces over the tops and repeat stacking likewise.
  • Cover stacked and buttered crepes with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.
  • Serve warm out off the oven or fry in a buttered skillet

Notes

NOTE: Because this is a 3 egg recipe the crepes are more prone to stick. Cooking with a pre-heated non-stick skillet and over a low heating temperature can help with tearing. If tearing occurs keep crepes in skillet slightly longer. 

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9 comments

    • Valentina

    How much nalisniki come up?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      It should make around 26 rolled crepes.

    • Tanya

    Alyona, This is absolutely the best tasting thin crepe/nalisniki recipe!!!!! I have tried a lot of different pancakes and these ones are absolutely delicious and will be my go-to recipe. I had no problem with flipping, sometimes heating pan really well and letting batter stand for 20-30 min. will help those who are experiencing problems with flipping. Thank you so much for pouring your heart into your blog Alyona! I have tried many of your recipes and they are delicious! Thank you again and again!!!!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Tanya, Glory be all to God! Thank you for the awesome feedback!

    • Nataliya

    These definitely are some nice and fluffy nalisniki! Thanks for the recipe! These were definitely more time consuming than any other recipe I’ve tried but that’s because they are so fluffy and fragile. For those having trouble with flipping them, lower the heat, and let them cook a bit longer… my first couple didn’t work out either but then I got the hang of it. Good luck 🙂

    • Yana

    same here! using a non stick pan and even tried the really good ones i recently purchased, still ripping…a little frustrating:/

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Yana,
      Not sure what the problem may have been exactly for you, but if they are riping you may have to keep them on the skillet longer and make sure there cooking over low heat…

    • М

    Hi Alyona! I’m using your recipe for the nalisniki. I’m not sure why I can’t flip them at all. They rip right the way. What can cause that???

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Are you using a non-stick (black coated frying pan)? I lightly grease, literately a small drizzle on each nalisnik I fry. Be sure to wait until the edges crisp up, you may be flipping them too soon. And make sure there cooking over low heat. Hope these tips help.

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