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Blini pancake

Blini pancake also known as Russian blini (bliny). Pancakes but actually not exactly…

Now here’s the recipe of blini pancake or traditional Russian blinchiki or bliny as promised. Blini pancakes or bliny (blini) Russians usually cook for breakfast and eat with sour cream or jam but blinis are also good as an appetizer .  In this case Russians make different fillings for blinis - the most popular fillings are meat, mushrooms, cottage cheese etc. etc. Foreigners know our Russian bliny in their Royal variation – with caviar but telling you the truth Russians are hardly ever eat blini pancakes with caviar, just in case to impress somebody! There are also many blini recipe variations, somebody make blinis batter with yeast but I prefer to cook them without adding yeast. Taste is pretty similar but it’s just about to save time.  Blini pancake recipe as well as ingredients are almost same as pancakes recipe but has some difference in preparation.

blinchiki

blinchiki

Well, to cook blinchiki we need

200 ml kefir

250-300 ml milk

2 eggs

2 tablespoon sugar

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon baking soda slaked in vinegar

2-3 tablespoon vegetable/sunflower oil (refined)

4-5 tablespoon flour

In a medium bowl whisk kefir, eggs, salt and sugar, 1-2 minutes would be enough, just to blend the ingredients.

whisk kefir, eggs, salt and sugar

whisk kefir, eggs, salt and sugar

Add 4-5 tablespoon flour and blend well. Measure a teaspoon of a baking soda (may be a bit less, not a big deal) and pour it into a tablespoon, slake baking soda with a vinegar (about a half teaspoon) and add fizzy mixture to batter. Whisk just a little bit. Mixture should have a sour cream consistence.

add 4-6 tablespoon flour

add 4-6 tablespoon flour

mixture before adding millk

mixture before adding millk

Now add milk and whisk well (2-3 more minutes), pour 2 tablespoon oil, stir by spoon or whisk and the batter is ready. It should be a bit stiffer as milk/kefir consistence (see photo).

batter is ready

batter is ready

Heat the frying pan with 1-2 tablespoon of oil, ladle (usually 1 non full soup ladle per one blinchik) the batter and pour into hot pan. Tilt the pan rapidly to spread the batter out evenly. It’s OK if there are some places here and there on the pan left uncovered , it’s much worse if you ladle more batter. Your blinchik should be VERY thin!

blinchik is frying

blini pancake is frying

blinchik's texture when frying

blinis texture when frying

When the edges are crisp looking (1-1.5 minutes approximately) slide a spatula carefully under the blin or just hook the edge of blin with a knife and flip it over by hands. Cook for about 1 minute on the other side.

flip it over

flip the blin over

Eat the first one by yourself as it usually looks unattractively :)  As the saying goes, you must spoil before you spin!

There is a saying in Russia as the first blin is always poor, the second one you should give to your friends and only the third one is yours.

hot and ready

blinis are hot and ready

When all your blini pancakes (blinchiki) are fried and if any of them are still left uneaten you may serve them with sour cream or your favorite jam!  Enjoy!

p.s. American recipes are my new passion! I invite you to share it with me. I’ve just joined Secret Recipe Forum and bought a really interesting and useful resource – Cook book collection with Restaurants recipes, it’s called America’s Secret Recipes. If you like and enjoy food like i do – you should give it a try. Really nice community to be with!

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  • jenn July 23, 2009, 11:44 pm

    Cool blog! Haven’t heard of many russian recipes!

  • rebecca subbiah July 24, 2009, 3:10 am

    this looks wonderful love your blog

  • Joeshico July 24, 2009, 5:58 am

    This is a great blog. I am Lithuanian (Dad’s side) and was brought up on traditional Baltic and Russian foods, like Blini’s and borscht. Been a long time since I have enjoyed these. I remember the Oladi but never knew what it was called. Thanks

  • s. stockwell July 24, 2009, 6:39 am

    This post is so great! and you mean kefir, like a liquid yogurt? and the technique is perfect…we will try this one. Thank you and best from Montecito, California.

  • Thom July 24, 2009, 6:34 pm

    You have a very nice blog! I know nothing about Russian food and I am depending upon you to educate me. Thank you for sharing with us. Best to you and your family!

  • Lifeway Anna July 28, 2009, 8:16 pm

    For obvious reasons, I love finding kefir recipes :-) Also, this makes me so nostalgic for blini! Anywho… could we use yours on our site perhaps? We’d credit you of course. Thanks in advance!

  • Lelik July 29, 2009, 2:49 am

    thank you all guys for your comments! Really appreciate that. Kefir is like a sour milk I guess, has a nice salty taste, not sweet as a yogurt. Kefir is very popular in Russia, you can find kefir in each Russian market for $0.6 – $0.7 per 1 liter.

  • Lelik July 29, 2009, 2:55 am

    Lifeway Anna, thank you so much for asking. Feel free to use my recipes on your site! Just mention that tasterussian.com is a source. I’ll post more recipes using kefir as the main ingredient!

  • englishrussian August 15, 2009, 2:34 pm

    Ooooooooohh I love those blini pancakes:))

  • Ruri@Free article directory August 20, 2009, 5:52 pm

    I love pancake, but some ingredient i saw above I never seen before.
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  • Rene @ Buy Caviar Online August 24, 2009, 5:52 pm

    Great blini recipe, this recipe would be fantastic with some authentic Russian caviar even though you say Russians don’t eat much caviar.
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  • Brandi September 13, 2009, 9:56 pm

    This recipe looks wonderful! I just returned from a month spent in St. Petersburg, and the family I was staying with made the most delicious blini! I stuffed blin after blin into my mouth (which seemed to please my host). Hers looked rather porous though… I’m wondering if recipes for blini vary a great deal? I’m looking forward to trying this recipe! Thank you for sharing!

    This family did enjoy caviar (they often had it in their fridge) but we always ate the blini as more of a dessert, or for breakfast. Usually with sweet milk (skushonka) drizzled on top, or with smetana and sprinkled sugar.

  • Shaun@Santoku Expert November 19, 2009, 4:12 am

    Russian food is great but can be a little tough to get used to. Once you overcome your fear it is a delight in your mouth.
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  • Lynn December 7, 2009, 1:11 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe. My mother was full blooded Lithuanian, her parents came over on the ship, Furnessia, on July 17, 1906. They setttle in Harriburg, Illinois. I grew up eating Blini’s at my Grandmother’s house as a little girl. My daughter is writing a book on our heritage and I was looking for a recipe for Blini’s to add in the recipe section…thank you so posting this you have truly made my day. I look forward to making these over the holidays for my entire family to enjoy!

  • Sophia December 10, 2009, 7:46 am

    Bliny are a staple at house on Sunday mornings. My adopted sisters are Russians from Turkmenistan. Making us bliny brings a touch of home to them. We usually have them with blackberry jam. So good!
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  • john@helpline January 25, 2010, 6:43 pm

    great recipe, just need to not to be lazy and whisk for 3 minutes next time :)

  • Healthy eating plan January 26, 2010, 12:30 pm

    Your blini pancakes look delicious and I want to make my one one. So I have to go to the supermarket to get some kefir (I do not have for normal kefir at home ). Thank you for sharing this cooking tips with us.

    PS: I think orange or strawberry marmalade should be fine :-)

  • Brian@Manual Juicer February 3, 2010, 11:55 pm

    Thanks Lelik for the Blini recipe. I certainly cook these up over this weekend. I have had Blini many times and mostly with mushroom or sausage in the middle. Sometimes I enjoy with jam at breakfast time. These treats can be eaten at any mealtime. They greatly remind me of crepes.
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  • RTA Cabinets February 11, 2010, 6:01 pm

    I will try anything once. I love trying dishes from other countries. Only thing is sometimes I’m hesitant to make the dish myself because I’m worried if I mess it up then I’ll have a bad experience.
    This is simple enough so I’m going to try them this weekend.

  • Matt@Bob Stroller March 11, 2010, 7:49 am

    Thanks for sharing the recipe – they look just like crepes, but will have to give it a go.
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  • Rogue April 12, 2010, 3:03 am

    im russain and trust me this taste SOOOOO GOOD

  • Jonathan@Debt Settlement April 12, 2010, 7:59 am

    Thanks for this recipe. Pancakes are eaten across the world, though the range of styles and flavors is quite surprising

  • Brian@lightweight aluminium panels April 27, 2010, 10:26 pm

    Cooking is passion and cooking Russian dishes, hmm that are really hot but difficult to prepare. A blini pancake is a very old traditional Russian recipe. I am fond of cooking and have tried this dish and iis just perfect. To each person that posted this I will thank them and also want to make a request to share a Russian chicken salad recipes.

  • Coupons May 4, 2010, 9:04 am

    Some ideas to put inside the blini: butter, cheese, fruit, preserves, bacon, ham, mushrooms. We like to fill them with fruit preserves or honey and sprinkle powdered sugar on top.
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  • Rachel@Fridge For Sale May 5, 2010, 4:10 pm

    Thank you so much for this site! My grandmother was Russian and cooked all the time. Unfortunately, her recipes she kept in her head and never shared them with me. I have been wanting to make blini for a long time, but with no luck. You have saved me much heartache, I am gong to subscribe so that I can keep getting my Russian recipes!
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  • Steam Showers May 14, 2010, 12:59 am

    I havent seen these in years. I love Russian cuisine. My grandmother used to make these for me a looong time ago.
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  • hottest deals June 8, 2010, 6:29 am

    made this and everyone commented on the aftertaste…….I think it might be the canola oil.
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  • Mark@Bunn Coffee Maker June 21, 2010, 5:54 pm

    Every time I read your blog, it is right before my lunch so I am completely starving! I’ve never tried this specific type of pancake, but I love the fact that everything complements sour cream, which is one of my favorite condiments.

  • kelly June 22, 2010, 5:08 am

    What a great and informative site regarding russian food. Having never tasted it before, I’m rather intrigued and inspired to make the blini pancake recipe, especially as you also have a video tutorial showing you exactly how to make it. Will certainly be back for more recipes in the future. Thanks again. :-)

  • Diocelin@Nursing Scrubs June 23, 2010, 10:44 am

    I never thought that russians have their own way of cooking pancakes, and the saying was really funny.. for me I will save the best for my friends and have the good ones for me because there will be no bad blinis for sure :)

  • Selina213@Beaded Napkin Rings July 9, 2010, 7:11 am

    They make pancakes like this in whole eastern Europe and its delicious trust me :)

  • Selina213@Beaded Napkin Rings July 9, 2010, 7:13 am

    Btw, you can even stuff them with cheese or meat later and deep fry them with eggs adding tartar sauce on top when its done. Makes a great lunch too.

  • Mary@popupgazebosstore.com July 14, 2010, 8:46 am

    I have never been in Russia before. Many of my friends tell me that Russian cuisine taste great and uniquely presentable.

  • fruit strawberry July 19, 2010, 3:30 pm

    Simply delicious! I just tried it – and like it very much – Nothing could go wrong because of this great instructions! – I can recommend it only -Thanks!

  • abgajoy @kek lapis sarawak August 4, 2010, 12:43 pm

    Russian recipe always look delicious to me and I kinda like it. I hope my mom will bake me of of these recipe =)

  • Aileen@nail salon August 17, 2010, 1:25 pm

    I cook some spaghetti this evening that hubby loves so much and since I saw your recipe of pancake, I will definitely cook this tomorrow afternoon for a snack :D Thanks

  • get out of@debt August 31, 2010, 6:36 pm

    My grandmother used to make perogis, arent they Russian?

  • Oasis Spa September 24, 2010, 6:53 am

    hmmmm…..I’m starving already just loking at the picture. I think its very delicious than the ordinary pancake although ingredients are almost the same. I will try this blini pancake recipie. I really love trying another kind or inventing a new one. Thanks for the Idea that has been shared.

  • robert October 6, 2010, 6:32 am

    Blini could be called pancakes with pedigree. They are Russian in origin, and made from a yeast-risen batter that creates puffed tiny pancakes. Typical toppings include sour cream and roe, or caviar, making them fairly standard on menus or at catering events of a certain caliber — especially when more expensive caviar is used.

  • Gennaro@Enduring Wanderlust October 19, 2010, 3:39 am

    Love blini pancakes especially with a sweet component. Jam works. I like to have some fruit along with that jam on top of the blini.

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