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Blini (Russian Pancakes)

Rated as 4.81 out of 5 Stars

"Widely popular Russian dish, especially eaten during the Maslenitsa festival in Russia. All kinds of fillings are possible--sweet or savory."
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1 h 5 m servings 525 cals
Original recipe yields 8 servings (32 blini)


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  1. Beat together the milk and the eggs. Stir in the salt and the sugar and mix well. Add the baking soda and citric acid.
  2. Blend in the flour. Add the vegetable oil and pour in the boiling water, stirring constantly. The batter should be very thin, almost watery. Set the bowl aside and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  3. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a small frying pan over medium-high heat. Pick the pan up off the heat. Pour in a ladleful of batter while you rotate your wrist, tilting the pan so the batter makes a circle and coats the bottom. The blini should be very thin.
  4. Return the pan to the heat. Cook the blini for 90 seconds. Carefully lift up an edge of the blini to see if it's fully cooked: the edges will be golden and it should have brown spots on the surface. Flip the blini over and cook the other side for 1 minute.
  5. Transfer the blini to a plate lined with a clean kitchen towel. Continue cooking the blini, adding an additional tablespoon of butter to the pan after each 4 blini. Stack them on top of each other and cover with the kitchen towel to keep warm.
  6. Spread your favorite filling in the center of the blini, and fold three times to make a triangle shape. You can also fold up all 4 sides, like a small burrito.


  • Cook's Notes
  • Rub the pan with butter or lard after frying every 4 blini. Don't worry if the first few don't turn out right; you'll get the hang of it.
  • Suggested fillings: cooked ground meat, mashed potatoes with onion, berries, or chocolate sauce.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 525 calories; 26.4 g fat; 57.1 g carbohydrates; 14.4 g protein; 153 mg cholesterol; 378 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Wonderful! I followed the recipe exactly, except I did not have citric acid powder so I substituted the juice of 1/2 a lemon. They were flavorful, tender, and disappeared faster then you could s...

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It was bland and tasted doughy. The quantity was also gargantuan so if you do make it, consider cutting the recipe in half.

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Wonderful! I followed the recipe exactly, except I did not have citric acid powder so I substituted the juice of 1/2 a lemon. They were flavorful, tender, and disappeared faster then you could s...

and 5 starts from me! SOOOOO TASTY!!! ;)

totally awesome!! just, when cooking, i used 1/2 teaspoon of butter for every pancake and once it was cooked, i spread butter on top of it.

These taste just like the best blini I've enjoyed in Ukraine. I like them best Ukrainian style, filled with red caviar and rolled cigar-shaped. Also delightful filled with salt-cured or smoked s...

These were delicious and fun to serve to guests. I served them with hot cooked apples with cinnamon and ~1 T. of cream cheese mixed in per 1 cup of apples. Also had maple syrup and strawberry ...

Great taste, but yielded over 100 blinis and it took me over two hours to cook (prep time was quick, but cooking over 100 blinis was exhausting becuase you cannot look away even for a second). I...

I live in Russia, and I've tried many blini recipes from Russian websites. Maybe I'm just bad with grams and ml, but none of those recipes turned out as good as this one!! I halved the recipe (o...

Very good!! You can get really creative with these. ;)

I used veg oil instead of butter to fry them in. Just enough to lightly cover the bottom of the pan. Buttering each final blin is a good idea to keep them from drying out on the edges. Yes this ...