Saturday, April 9, 2016

Blinchiki

Blini are a traditional Russian dish. They are very versatile and can be made either sweet or savory depending on the fillings you choose to use. You can also not use any fillings and just eat them plain!
We made them this morning and had a quick breakfast with honey-filled blinis.
The "dough" mixture for them is VERY watery, but this helps them spread on the pan. It is important that the pan be hot as this allows them to cook better. We don't make these very often, so we are not very good at making them perfectly round, but ideally they are crepe-round bread circles.
Rolled with honey

Watery "dough" mixture

Flipped blin!

Flipped blin!

Cooked blinis



Ingredients:

2 cups milk
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1-2 tablespoons sugar (more if you want them sweeter)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 to 1 cup hot water
3 tablespoons butter
butter for coating the done blinis (optional)

Directions:

1. Whisk together 3 eggs and 1 cup milk, sugar and salt.
2. Add in flour, sift in if possible -this helps to get rid of clumps
3. Add the rest of the milk and mix. The consistency of this dough should be fairly watery. Add 1/2 cup of hot water.
4. Let stand 15-20 minutes.
5. Heat up a pan - a cast iron or a pan that will heat up hotter will work best. Add butter to melt.
6. Using a ladle (we had to use 3 different ones to find the perfect ladle), pour in either half or a full ladle of the dough mixture - depending on your ladle size, swirl pan to coat.
7. Cook until sides start to dry and the bottom turns golden. A good indication to flip, is the blin stops bubbling. Flip, cook until the other side is cooked.
8. Place on a plate and put butter on the top. Stack them up!
9. Eat as is, or roll them up with honey, sour cream, meat, jam, nutella - anything you want!

What we liked:

Quick to make. Fun and delicious. They are light and fluffy and tasty and go with ANYTHING. 

What we didn't like:

We are still getting used to our new pan and we don't make them often enough, so sometimes getting the right dough consistency takes a couple of sample tries of thinning out the dough with hot water. 

What Kaspian thought about it:

He was too busy to pay attention to them this time, but he LOVES eating them at Babushka's house. 

Next time:

Add a meat filling!