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. Blinis are among the most popular and most-eaten dishes in Russia.”
There are many different recipes to choose from. I decided to use Woolworth recipe as basic with a bit of my own ingredients. As usual I love my food to be flavourful, colourful, extraordinary creative and delicious. I want to wow my family, friends and others who are looking for some creative fun making food.
Bought a pot of basil, a packet of mushrooms and a bunch of spring onion and hope the basil and spring onion will grow in abundance that I can use it in my cooking. Two days ago, bought a packet of pepperoni and berries are my favourite fruits, however only got strawberries as it’s on sale. Blueberries are expensive, will wait till it’s on sale. Best use up my leftover tortellini that I have cooked and stored in the fridge more than 1 week.
My friend suggested that I should buy 12 mini pancake holders pan so I can make these blinis. Well, I am not interested in getting it one thing it’s expensive, how often am I going to use it then where do I keep them as my kitchen is a small kitchen no more cupboard or drawers to keep. I am happy to do it one at a time using my cookies ring. I just love my creative meal and glad that I am able to use basil and spring onion, and leftover tortellini. They are cute, colourful, flavourful extraordinary creation and delicious. Will do it a different creation for Christmas entrée. 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
12 sliced mushrooms
1 large tomato, wedges
3 mini tomatoes
spring onion, thinly cut
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. Spread 10 blinis with cream cheese: 5 blinis with pepperoni, followed by strawberry slices and some spring onion. The other 5 blinis with two slices mushrooms, each with a tortellini and basil leave. Place the blinis alternately on a plate then in the middle of plate put two tomato wedges on top of each other, mushrooms, tortellini, and spring onion. Then alternate tomato wedges: 3 standing up wedges alone and 3 lying wedges, pepperoni, mini tomato, tortellini and basil. Serve with a glass of white wine. Enjoy!!!
Note: You can use smoked salmon or thinly slice salmon, prosciutto, dill, caviar, black and green olives, 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
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