Uncommonly known, blini refers to the plural of blin. Blini are among the most popular and most-eaten dishes in Russia. Served with luxurious toppings such as Huon Cold Smoked Salmon and Salmon Caviar.
• Prep time: 1 hour & 5 minutes
• Cook time: 15 minutes
• Yield: Serves 40-45
• 2 tsps sugar
• 70g plain flour
• 2 eggs, separated
• 50g buckwheat flour
• 150ml lukewarm milk
• 7cm dried yeast (1 sachet)
• Huon Reserve salmon caviar
• Huon premium cold smoked salmon
• 40g butter, melted and cooled, plus a little extra for cooking
- In a large bowl, stir the yeast into the warm milk, then mix in the sugar, flours, egg yolks and a large pinch of salt.
- Gently stir to make a smooth, thick batter. Cover with a damp tea towel and set aside in a warm place to prove for 30 minutes. The batter should be foamy and thick. Stir through the melted butter.
- In a clean bowl, whisk egg whites with a pinch of salt until soft peaks form then, gently fold into the batter.
- Brush a non-stick frying pan with a little of the extra butter and heat over medium heat. Add heaped teaspoon sized dollops of batter in the pan, trying to make them as even as possible and being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Cook until bubbles form on the surface (2-3 minutes) and the batter begins to set around the edges.
- Flip and cook until golden, another 2 – 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. You can overlap the blini but don’t stack them. Repeat with remaining batter.
- Top with crème fraiche then Huon Smoked Salmon and a little fresh sprig of dill to garnish.
- Blini are best eaten on the day of making.
This great family recipe is thanks to Huon Aqua at https://www.huonaqua.com.au/recipes/the-perfect-mini-buckwheat-blini/