Russian Pancakes Blini Recipe
Authentic Russian Pancake Recipe - Blini or Blinchiki
Today we are going to learn how to make Authentic Russian Pancakes called Blini or Blinchiki. Even though we like to refer to Blini as "pancakes," they don't actually look a lot like a pancake (but they surely taste just as yummy, if not more.) Authentic Russian Blini are much larger in diameter and much thinner than pancakes. In fact, Blini look more like a delicate crepe than a pancake. Either way, this recipe is easy to make and is guaranteed to please your taste buds.
So, let's embark on a delicious adventure and learn how to make one of the most popular traditional Russian recipes. And, along the way we are going to learn some Russian words, explore Russian culture and discover best cooking tools to help you on this journey. Did you ever think learning a new recipe could be so much fun?
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Pancakes in Russian Language
So, we want to learn how to cook Blini. But before we do it, how do we properly pronounce "Blini" or "Blinchiki" in Russian language?
Blini is pronounced as "blee-nee"
Blinchiki is pronounced as "bleen-chee-kee"
Is there a difference between "Blini" and "Blinchiki"? I would say that both "Blini" and "Blinchiki" are practically the same, though some Russian cooking experts will insist that there is a difference in preparation and outcome. But, as a practical matter, it is safe to call Russian Pancakes whatever name is easier for you to pronounce.
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Blini Culinary Skill
One of the most important parts of Blini culinary art is to make each Blini as thin as possible because super thin Blinis are truly much tastier (trust me on this one!) With just a little bit of practice, you will learn how to pour the batter thinly into a non-stick pan and then quickly tilt and rotate it until the batter covers the entire surface. You will then cook each Blini on one side until bright golden color, then flip the Blini over and cook it on the other side. Cooking Blini is really not as hard and complicated as it might sound, the entire cooking process from start to finish will take approximately 35-40 minutes.
Russian Blini Proverb
In Russian language we have a very popular Blini proverb "The first pancake is always a blob." It means that things don't always work out well on the first try but with a little practice and persistence it gets better and better. So when you make your very first Blini and it doesn't turn out all that well, don't give up! Remember, that even experienced Russian people who cook Blini every day are used to getting first few Blinis as lumpy and imperfect (that's why we always remember Blini proverb). Once you have made four or five Blinis, you will get the knack of making perfectly cooked, delicious Blini.
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- Yields: Approximately 25 Blinis
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/3 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
- Step 1. In a medium bowl, beat together milk, eggs and olive oil (plus sugar and salt) with a hand mixer until nicely blended. Then, gradually add flour and continue to thoroughly mix with the hand mixer until mixture is well blended and very smooth.
- Tip: Make sure to add flour gradually and not all at once to prevent formation of lumps. The batter should be almost liquid. If it is too thick, add a little more milk and if it is too thin, add slightly more flour.
- Step 2. Heat non-stick pan over medium heat. You can either spray the pan with cooking spray or oil it slightly. Pour batter into the pan using a soup ladle of small or medium size. Immediately tilt the pan to spread the batter until the pan is covered with a very thin layer of batter. Cook for about 50 seconds or until golden brown color.
- Step 3. Carefully slide a spatula (or flipper/turner tool) under the Blini, flip it over and cook for about 30 seconds on the other side or until lightly browned.
- Step 4. Take the finished Blini off the pan and put it on a plate. Repeat Step 2 and Step 3 with the remaining batter for each Blini. Stack all Blinis up high on top of each other. Serve Blini with toppings of choice (either savory or sweet.)
- Tip: Make sure to spray the pan with cooking spray each time before pouring the batter.
Blini can be served either with a variety of sweet or savory toppings. For those with sweet tooth, Blinis are perfect with jam, honey or fresh berries with whipped cream or creme fraiche. For savory types, Blinis are delicious with smoked salmon, chopped hard-boiled eggs with minced meat. Of course, the most popular way to eat Blinis in Russia is with red or black caviar. There is really no right or wrong choice of topping when it comes to Blini. Sweet or savory or simply plain, Blinis are delicious either way.
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Blini-Making Tools and Equipment
When cooking Blini, it always helps to have the right equipment in order to prepare Blini with ease and perfection. You don't need to invest into a fancy gourmet Blini griddle, but definitely make sure that you have a non-stick quality pan that allows for optimum sliding. Remember that Blini are first cooked on one side and then flipped over to cook on the other side. So, you would need a non-stick pan that makes flipping Blini fast and easy. Also, remember that when cooking Blini, you would need to often lift and tilt the pan in order to spread the batter out evenly, so make sure your pan is not too heavy and you can easily lift it.
The Best Blini Flipper Tool
This is my most favorite Blini flipper/turner tool that I can't live without. It makes cooking and flipping Blinis so easy! I love it because it has flexible edge that glides super easy beneath the Blini and allows to flip the Blini effortlessly without any problems. I would definitely recommend getting it, you won't regret it.
Blini Chef's Tools
Buy Ready-Made Blini
Of course nothing beats fresh, homemade Blini made from scratch, but sometimes you might need to opt for ready-made Blinis if you don't have time to cook or if you need to feed a large crowd at a big party. These hand made Blinis are quite delicious and arrive fresh with overnight delivery. Please note that authentic Russian Blini are always large in the diameter and never a cocktail size. However, these ready-made cocktail size Blinis seem to be quite popular because of their bite-sized portion that is great for tasting. We tasted them and didn't expect them to be so yummy! We were quite surprised and now buy them ready-made every time we host a large Russian party.
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Last updated on March 26, 2013
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