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Vatmans Blini (Russian Sweet Pancakes) Recipie
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Vatmans Blini (Russian Sweet Pancakes) Recipie

On my trip to Russia I discovered these little beauties and just had to pester the chef of the restaurant to give me his. Naturally I embellished the recipe a tad, and since I am not exactly a stickler to details...I have found many ways to recreate the dish with different ingredients...(my mom never seems to buy any groceries I ask her to....)

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(they come out allitle thinner then this....and you can make them any size..I personally like this size.)

Ingredients (feeds three)
* 2 cups of any type of milk (except soy...ew..)
* 3 eggs
* 1/2 a cup of sugar...(I never said this was healthy...and if you add a full cup it will blow your mind)
* A pinch of baking soda (no more than a pinch. or else.)
* 1 generous tablespoon of either sour cream or cottage cheese or both....*optional*
* 3 cups flour


Step 1: Mix all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl (wire-whisk is a good tool to use).

Step 2: Heat a flat-bottom skillet to a medium to high heat.

Step 2.5 Pour oil on the pan. You can use any oil except olive oil (it makes it smell funny)...I prefer canola personally....Be liberal with the oil since I find that some of the golden and lightly crispy texture comes from its oil cooking. But flooding the pan isn't encouraged either.

Step 3: Pour a ladle of the dough. (A good rule of thumb with this is to fill the entire ladle and make three-four separate having a full ladle its used almost as a measuring tool)

Step 4: Bake on one side until the dough bubbles, then flip it over and bake the other side. Continue the process until both sides are either golden or golden brown...golden brown being the crispier version.

Step 5: Place blini in some sort of container with a paper towel layed at the bottom before hand to absorb unessential oil.


Everyone I know who has tasted mine has found some sort of different way to eating them. My girlfriend eats them like she would normal pancakes...i.e. maple syrup/butter. My sister puts sour cream all over mom likes to put sunny side up eggs on friend alex eats his plain....and my dad likes to put red caviar on top.

But I find that the blini are sweet enough to not need such things. Believe it or not I have found that the best way to serve them are with a tablespoon of whipped cream cheese and some sliced turkey breast on top. All the flavors perfectly balance eachother out. The blini are sweet and crispy while the cream cheese is light and creamy, and the turkey/(whatever cold cut you have) usually adds that mystery ingredient turning an impressive dish to be memorable.

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09-10-2009 02:08 AM
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Re: Vatmans Blini (Russian Sweet Pancakes) Recipie

Sounds good. It's strange how most countries have their own interpretation of the pancake recipe. Over here it's called a svele, and looks similar to the russian Blini.

What's also good on pancakes is a mixture of cinnamon and white sugar. Also, the king of toppings: Nutella.
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