Blini (Russian Buttermilk Pancakes)

This year was my husband's first Father's Day...and because he lived in Russia for two years, serving a mission for our church, I decided to (attempt to) make some Russian cuisine!
Great idea, right?

Well, breakfast turned out really yummy, but dinner ended up being a semi-flop.


Okay, it was a complete flop.

Spending way too long in the kitchen with sticky beyond sticky dumpling dough gave me enough frustration to wish I was a bent-over Babushka (Russian grandma) myself that could actually make Russian food.
You could say our Russian dumplings ("Pelmeni") were a little too flour-y and...well, flavorless.
But at least they were...umm...edible...?!
Let's just say it'll take a lot for me to attempt Pelmeni again!
Those Babushki are even tougher than I thought...

...back to pancakes.

So for breakfast we had blini, or Russian buttermilk pancakes, with some sweet bananas and luscious, plump blueberries.
These pancakes have a denser (is that a word?), heavier texture--my husband and I both enjoyed them! It's fun to change up your pancakes once in a while.

You'll want to mix it up in a pot, not a small saucepan (you'll be reminded of 3rd grade science when you add 2 whole tsp of baking soda to the buttermilk!).

Blini (Russian Buttermilk pancakes)
from everydayrussian.com
3 cups buttermilk
2 tsp baking soda
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 cups flour (use less for thinner pancakes, more for thicker)

Whisk buttermilk in a pot over medium heat--just let it get warm; don't let it boil. Add the baking soda & let it froth up while whisking (this is the 3rd grade science project part). Remove from heat, add the sugar & salt, and slowly whisk in flour. Pour 1/3-1/2 cup of batter onto greased frying pan over medium heat. Flip over when pancake is bubbling (about 2 minutes) and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
Serve with sour cream or jam (if you're Russian, because Russians put sour cream on everything!).
Makes about 8 pancakes.


Zhenya said...

I just made these as well, but I was not clear whether you take the mixture off the stove after you had it froth up or you keep it on medium heat until the batter is done.


Kristin said...

I'm sorry, Zhenya! I just fixed the recipe. Take it off the heat after it froths up. Thank you for pointing that out! I hope they still turned out for you!

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