Blini (Russian Pancakes)

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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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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
32 blini

Ingredients

  • 4 ¼ cups milk

  • 5 eggs

  • teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • teaspoon citric acid powder

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • cup butter, divided

Directions

  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
26g Fat
57g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 525
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 378mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 181mg 14%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 303mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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