Bliny (Crepes)

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Bliny (Crepes)

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Ingredients

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2 cups Flour
3 1/2 cups buttermilk or kefir
2 Eggs
3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
Features:
  • 70 min
  • Serves 6
  • Medium

Ingredients

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Bliny, the Russian pancakes are traditionally made with eggs, flour, and milk or kefir (a fermented milk drink), and nowadays they are mostly eaten for breakfast or on the folk holiday Maslenitsa (Butter Week).

To make bliny, you need to mix the ingredients into a batter and fry it as thin as possible in a pan. Sour cream is often served on the side, although some people might opt for honey or varenye (a local variety of jam made of berries or fruit). Sometimes bliny are also made with fillings, some of the most popular ones being ham and cheese or creamy mushrooms with mashed potatoes.

By the way, you can also make vegan bliny: just swap the eggs with mashed bananas and the dairy milk with a vegan one. They’re just as good!

Preparation:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the eggs, flour, 1 cup of buttermilk, baking soda, oil, sugar and salt with a whisk. It’s important to incorporate the liquid gradually to avoid lumps. When the mixture is smooth and lump free, add the remaining buttermilk.
  2. The consistency of the batter should be the same as of heavy cream. Let stand for 20 minutes. You should see small bubbles on the surface of your batter.
  3. Preheat a non-stick frying pan on medium heat and grease it with an odorless oil.
  4. With a ladle or a measuring cup, pour ½ cup of batter in the pan and tilt the pan slightly so the batter runs to the edges forming a thin and round crepe. Cook until the top of the crepe looks dry, then flip with a spatula and cook for 1 minute longer.
  5. Remove to a plate and spread with a little butter if desired. Repeat with the next crepe and continue cooking until all the batter is used. Stack the crepes on top of each other.

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