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Lithuanian Pancake Recipe - Blynai or Sklindziai

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Lithuanian Pancakes or Blynai

Lithuanian Pancakes or Blynai

© 2010 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
Lithuanian pancakes, also known as blynai (BLEE-nigh) and sklindziai, is a popular treat for Shrove Tuesday (Uzgavenes) along with spurgos. This recipe is made with white wheat flour and beaten egg whites, which makes a very light pancake. They are silver-dollar size and usually accompanied by honey or fruit preserves. For apple blynai, add a peeled and grated tart apple to the batter. Compare this recipe with Russian Blini.

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Makes about 48 silver-dollar-size Lithuanian pancakes or blynai

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks until light. Add flour, sour cream, milk and salt and mix until smooth. In a separate medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold the egg whites into the yolk-flour mixture, trying not to deflate the volume.

  2. Add a small amount of butter to a nonstick skillet and portion onto it generous tablespoons of batter. Fry until golden, flip and fry until the other side is golden. Serve hot with honey or preserves.
NOTE: For apple pancakes, add a peeled and grated tart apple to the batter.
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