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Easy Blini (Russian Pancake)

Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"I love these bite-sized pancakes because they make perfect appetizers. Top blini with smoked salmon, creme fraiche, or even caviar. Add a sprig of dill and they are sure to impress. My children also love eating these plain too!"
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17 m servings 140
Original recipe yields 6 servings (22 blini)


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  1. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.
  2. Whisk 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk, egg, and 1 tablespoon melted butter together in a separate bowl. Mix into the flour mixture until batter is fully combined.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Drop batter, 1 tablespoon at a time, onto the heated skillet. Cook until bubbles form, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until brown, about 1 minute more. Lay on plate lined with a paper towel to help soak up excess butter. Repeat with the remaining batter.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Buckwheat flour can be substituted for 1/3 cup of the all-purpose flour for a more traditional taste.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 140 calories; 5.6 17.7 4.4 44 359 Full nutrition

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I found this recipe to be good. I did end up adding more milk (maybe a cup) and a little bit of sugar. But with those two additions it was just like my mother's recipe from Russia.