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Blini

Blini

These are delicate little yeast pancakes, with a subtle nuttiness, cooked with just a bit of butter until they’re golden then garnished with a glorious array of toppings. Tiny pancakes that create one gorgeous board and deliver a perfect bite for weekend entertaining!

Blini is a centuries old dish with roots tracing back to Russian origin. Made with the addition of wheat flour, the tender cakes make a perfect vessel for carrying both sweet and savory components. Their lift and flavor comes in part from yeast along with whipped egg whites. Milk, butter and egg yolks offer richness, whisked into a blend of flours, including wheat flour.

After a slow rise, egg whites are folded into the batter before it’s dropped on a hot skillet and cooked until golden. And to get a jump on the prep, you can let the batter rise overnight in the fridge. Plus the blini can be cooked ahead of time and frozen until you’re ready to serve them up.

Then gather a colorful, flavorful collection of ingredients to top things off. Start with a dollop of crème fraîche with an asparagus tip, a bit of caviar or a slice of smoked salmon – or a touch of mascarpone and a spoonful of pear jam.

Set out a spread then let your guests create to their own delight!

Blini

¼ cup warm water, between 105-degrees to 110-degrees

2-1/4 teaspoon dried yeast

Pinch of sugar

1 cup milk

3 extra-large eggs, separated

6 tablespoons melted butter, plus extra for cooking

1 cup flour

½ whole-wheat flour

¼ teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Topping suggestions: sour cream or crème fraîche, smoked salmon, caviar, roasted asparagus, pear preserves

Stir the dried yeast along with a pinch of sugar into the warm water. Let the yeast proof for about 5 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl whisk the milk, egg yolks, melted butter and yeast mixture together.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, wheat flour, ¼ teaspoon sugar and the kosher salt. Whisk to blend together.

Add the flour mixture to the milk and eggs, whisking just until blended and fairly smooth.

Let the batter rise at room temperature for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or in the refrigerator 8 hours or overnight. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold into the batter.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Brush lightly with additional melted butter and add small scoops of batter into the pan. Cook until the blini are golden, then flip and continue cooking.

Serve warm or at room temperature garnished with your favorite toppings.

The blini can be made in advance and frozen until you’re ready to serve. Then reheat on a baking sheet at 350-degrees for about 10 minutes or until warm.

Makes about 4 dozen blini.

Blini, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

February 21, 2020
: Makes about 4-dozen blini.

These are delicate little yeast pancakes, with a subtle nuttiness, cooked with just a bit of butter until they’re golden then garnished with a glorious array of toppings. Tiny pancakes that create one gorgeous board and deliver a perfect bite for weekend entertaining!

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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup warm water, between 105-degrees to 110-degrees
  • 2-1/4 teaspoon dried yeast
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 extra-large eggs, separated
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter, plus extra for cooking
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Topping suggestions: sour cream or crème fraîche, smoked salmon, caviar, roasted asparagus, pear preserves
Directions
  • Step 1 Stir the dried yeast along with a pinch of sugar into the warm water. Let the yeast proof for about 5 minutes.
  • Step 2 In a large mixing bowl whisk the milk, egg yolks, melted butter and yeast mixture together.
  • Step 3 In a separate bowl combine the flour, wheat flour, ¼ teaspoon sugar and the kosher salt. Whisk to blend together. Add the flour mixture to the milk and eggs, whisking just until blended and fairly smooth.
  • Step 4 Let the batter rise at room temperature for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or in the refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.
  • Step 5 Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and fold into the batter.
  • Step 6 Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush lightly with additional melted butter and add small scoops of batter into the pan. Cook until the blini are golden, then flip and continue cooking.
  • Step 7 Serve warm or at room temperature garnished with your favorite toppings.
  • Step 8 The blini can be made in advance and frozen until you’re ready to serve. Then reheat on a baking sheet at 350-degrees for about 10 minutes or until warm.


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