Nalesniki with Cheese and Raisins

Russian crepes with cheese


  • For the Crepes Batter:

  • Milk-1 cup

  • Warm water-½ cup

  • Eggs-4

  • Unsalted butter or olive oil-4 Tbsp

  • All-purpose flour-1 cup

  • Sugar-2 Tbsp

  • Pinch of Salt

  • For the Filling:

  • Cream cheese-8 oz package

  • Small curd cottage cheese-16 oz

  • Sugar-⅓ cup

  • Raisins-¾ cup

  • Powdered sugar for serving


  • Blend all the ingredients for crepe until well combined.
  • Melt a bit of butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat
  • Swirl the batter to evenly coat the bottom of the skillet.
  • When the bottom is lightly golden flip the crepe using a sharp edged spatula to easily get under the crepe. Let the other side get lightly golden and place the crepe on a cutting board. Continue the same with rest of batter.
  • How to make cheese filling and complete nalesniki:
    Rinse the cottage cheese with cold water and drain well. Mash the cream cheese, cottage cheese and sugar with a potato masher until well combined and creamy. Spread 2 generous Tbsp of cheese filling on each crepe.Sprinkle with about 15 raisins. Roll the crepe into a log and cut in half.
  • To Serve:
    Melt about 1 Tbsp of butter in a pan and fry the rolled cheese crepes on medium heat until golden brown on both sides. Pour powered sugar (optional) and serve with sour cream or jam on the side.




Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time

20 minutes

Nalesniki with Cheese and Raisins