Appetizers: Russian Blini (Buckwheat Pancakes)

Russian Appetizer Pancakes

Serves: 4


1 tbsp. sugar

1 package active dry yeast

2 cups all purpose flour

2 tbsp. melted butter or margarine

3 eggs, separated

3/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup buckwheat flour


Smoked salmon

Minced onion

Sour cream


Scald milk, pour into a large bowl. When lukewarm, add sugar and yeast, mixing well to dissolve yeast. Stir in 1 cup all-purpose flour; cover bowl and set in warm place until "sponge" doubles in volume (about 1-1/2 hrs.).

Combine butter, egg yolks and salt. Stir down the sponge and add butter-egg mixture, along with buckwheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry, then gently fold into batter.

Cook batter, one tablespoonful per blini, on a hot buttered griddle or skillet. Flip blini to brown second side after batter appears set on top. Cover blini with a towel and hold in 200° oven until serving.

Accompany blini with caviar, smoked salmon, minced onion, sour cream – creative self-service.