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Russian crepe (blini) on a place topped with chives and salmon roe

Blinis Thin Russian Pancakes Salmon Roe Caviar Fruit Jam Ricotta Toppings

  • Author: Noreen
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons warm (100110 degrees Fahrenheit) water
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk (preferably fuller fat)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter (for greasing pan)

Savory Topping (Optional)

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese or ricotta cheese
  • 4 oz smoked salmon
  • 4 oz salmon roe or caviar (optional, but nice and fancy)
  • Handful of fresh dill or fresh chives, finely chopped

Sweet Topping (Optional)

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup blueberry jam
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries
  • 12 teaspoons of fresh honey for drizzling


Stage 1 – Create Batter for Blinis

  1. Start by whisking and dissolving your coconut sugar into your warm water in a small bowl. With the sugar dissolved, add in your yeast and gently mix in. You’ll let the yeast sit for at least 5 minutes while it activates
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine your buckwheat flour, chickpea flour and sea salt. Mix well
  3. Bit by bit, add in your milk and mix well into the flour. What should result is a fairly runny batter that drips easily off a spoon if you dip it in
  4. Add in your egg and mix well into the batter as well
  5. By this time, the yeast has activated and has started to foam. Take this small bowl with the “yeast water” and pour into your batter and mix well

Stage 2 – Make Your Blinis

  1. Take a small pan (ideally 4-5 inch diameter on the bottom) over medium-high heat. Let the pan sit over the heat for at least a minute as it starts to get nice and hot
  2. With a nicely hot pan, take a tiny piece of your butter and let it melt over the entire surface area of your pan
  3. Once the butter has melted, take the pan by the handle and tilt it towards you so that one side is higher than the other
  4. Ladle a small bit of your batter (~2 tablespoons… 1/4 cup of batter at most) to the top of the pan
  5. As the batter drips down to the side of the pan, rotate the pan around to evenly distribute the batter around the entire surface area of the pan
  6. With your batter thinly and evenly distributed around the pan, let the blini cook for ~1-1.5 minutes. The key indicator of when it’s time to flip is when the top edges of the blinis start to brown. Don’t flip until you start to see these browning edges
  7. Flip your blini, and cook for another 1-1.5 minutes, then take the blini out of the pan and onto a plate
  8. Repeat until you’ve made blinis from all your batter

To serve your blinis, either fold the blini into quarters and layer toppings on top, or layer the toppings within the blini and rolling it up. However you choose, enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min

Keywords: Pancake, pastry, desert