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Buffet on Table: Breakfasts across Countries

Day 22: Russian – Blinis

We move to Russia for Buckwheat Blini breakfast. Blini are Russian pancakes made with buckwheat flour leavened with yeast and lightened with beaten egg.

I found a ton of recipes for these pancakes, some with just buckwheat flour, some with a combination of wholewheat and buckwheat flours. I followed this recipe that used both flours, but I replaced the all purpose flour with wholewheat pastry flour.

Buckwheat flour has an earthy taste and slightly coarse texture which makes these pancakes taste nothing like their American counterparts. I was worried if my kids would like them, but they ate them with some Nutella on top and seemed to like them.

These pancakes are traditionally served with caviar or smoked salmon. You can also go with sweet toppings like cream cheese, jams or sour cream.

Recipe adapted from here:

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Russian Blinis (Buckwheat Pancakes) Yum
Blinis or Russian Buckwheat pancakes are earthy and delicious. These pancakes are traditionally served with caviar or smoked salmon. You can also go with sweet toppings like cream cheese, jams or sour cream.
Russian Blinis (Buckwheat Pancakes)
Course breakfast
Cuisine russian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
pancakes
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Buckwheat flour
  • ½ cup Wholewheat Pastry flour - (or use all purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp Yeast Instant
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 cup Milk Warm
  • 1 Egg - large (or 1tbsp egg replacer whisked with 3tbsp water)
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • a pinch Salt
Course breakfast
Cuisine russian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Passive Time 60 minutes
Servings
pancakes
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Buckwheat flour
  • ½ cup Wholewheat Pastry flour - (or use all purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp Yeast Instant
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 cup Milk Warm
  • 1 Egg - large (or 1tbsp egg replacer whisked with 3tbsp water)
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • a pinch Salt
Russian Blinis (Buckwheat Pancakes)
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the pancakes in a mixing bowl. Cover and set aside to rise for 1 hour.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle on medium heat. Lightly grease the pan with cooking spray and put about 2~3tbsps of batter; cook till bubbles come up to the surface, about 1~2 minutes. Carefully flip and cook for about a minute.
  3. Keep the pancakes warm in a plate or an over while you make more pancakes with the remaining batter.
  4. Serve warm with jelly, cream cheese, sour cream etc.
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13 thoughts on “Russian Blinis (Buckwheat Pancakes)”

  1. The pancakes look so earthy and rustic…full of nutrition..love them and would love to try these ..beautifully captured too.

  2. I cant even begin to think when to start making these… pics look superb..dont get buckwheat flour easily here, so thinking cud sub with ragi flour…

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