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Blini Recipe - Russian Buckwheat Pancakes

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Photo of Russian Buckwheat Blini with Toppings

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Traditional Russian blini (BLEE-nee), singular is blin, are made with a yeast-raised buckwheat flour batter and have a nutty flavor. They symbolize the sun and take center stage at maslenitsa (also known as Butter Week, Pancake Week or Cheesefare Week), a spring festival marking the end of winter. Today, blini are prepared hundreds of ways -- with white flour only, cornmeal, sweet, savory, you name it. And their accompaniments have gone beyond the traditional caviar, smoked salmon, minced onion, chopped eggs, sour cream and a sip or two of vodka. This recipe is for traditional buckwheat Russian blini.

Makes about 24 Russian Blini

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 egg, separated
  • Toppings of choice

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, mix flours, salt and instant yeast, and make a well in the center.

  2. Pour in milk, mixing until smooth. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

  3. Stir cooled melted butter and egg yolk into batter. In a separate bowl, whisk egg white until stiff but not dry. Fold into batter. Cover and let stand 20 minutes.

  4. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Drop quarter-size dollops of dough into pan without crowding. Cook for about 1 minute or until bubbles form and break. Turn and cook for about 30 seconds. Cover blini and keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter.

  5. Serve with toppings of choice: red or black caviar, smoked salmon or other fish, chopped hard-cooked eggs, minced red or white onion, sour cream or creme fraiche, chopped dill and lemon wedges.
NOTE: The recipe has been adjusted to 1 cup warm milk and is correct as it now stands.
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 5 out of 5
Perfect recipe!, Member ABBUSYCOOKS

I love blinis, and this recipe is perfect. The trick is to measure the flour correctly. Don't use the measuring cup to scoop the flour from the bag or container; spoon the flour INTO the measuring cup, then level it off with the back of a knife. Then the blinis are tender, moist, and delicious!

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