I had three friends over for lunch as it was a great day to have a gathering as we have not been able to meet up. This is the first plate I serve my friends, an entree. I forgot to take the picture after I have done them. After we were eating them halfway through my mind seems to have light bulb telling me I have not taken the picture.
I suddenly jump up from my seat, my three friends thought I have heart attack as my face showed discomfort. So, we all stop eating and I managed to get a picture of it though half of it eaten. Must remember to take picture before putting it on the table. Will be writing up the main and dessert soon.
Google: “A blini or, sometimes, blin, is a Russian pancake traditionally made from wheat or buckwheat flour and served with smetana, tvorog, butter, caviar and other garnishes. Blini are among the most popular and most-eaten dishes in Russia.”
There are many different recipes to choose from. As this is my first time trying out, I decided to use Woolworth recipe as basic with a bit of my own ingredients. Also, I trying out the ring of my cookies cutter to get them the same shapes. This is time consuming as I only have one ring best if you have a handful. I did the blinis two days in advance to see if it comes out perfect edible. Glad it did, and have salmon, spring onion, craisins and toasted sesame seeds as garnish. Let’s cook!!!
1 Tbs lemon juice (OPT)
1/2 Tsp baking powder
1/2Tsp yeast powder
25 g butter
1/2 c milk
1/4 c luke warm water
1/4 c sour cream
180-200 g plain flour
1 large egg, separate
1 Tbs castor sugar
1/2 Tsp salt
olive oil spray
170 g cream cheese
spring onion, thinly cut
toasted sesame seeds
Combine melted butter, milk, sour cream, warm water and egg yolk in a large metal bowl. Sift flour, baking powder, yeast and sugar over melted butter mixture and beat to slowly combine. Cover the bowl loosely with a cloth and leave to rise in a warm area for 1-2 hours. The batter will rise slightly and have bubbles over the surface after this time.
Beat egg white and salt until soft peak form. Gently fold into the batter, in batches, trying not to reduce the egg whites. Spray a saucepan with oil. Heat medium low heat. Place the ring in one side, put 2 tsp of batter to the ring and cook until nicely coloured, about 1-2 minutes each side light browned or bubbles form on top and the surface appears dry. Remove the ring before flip over the other side and remove cooked blini to a rack to cool. Place the ring in pan and repeat until batter finish. I make about 20.
Combine cream cheese and 1 tbs of lemon juice in a bowl. Top each blini with some of the cream cheese mixture and salmon slices. Garnish 10 with spring onion and another 10 with 1 craisin and some toasted sesame seeds. Chill in fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!!!
Note: You can use smoked salmon, dill, caviar, grated lemon zest, or quail eggs. You can use mascarpone instead of cream cheese. Anything you like be courage and try your own garnish. You could just spoon 2 Tsp batter directly on pan like many recipes do them.
The original recipe: https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/recipes/dill-blinis-with-smoked-salmon