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christmas 2010

Blini are a traditional Russian pancake, served small they are commonly topped with sour cream, salmon and sturgeon caviar. With some imagination they are a useful base for many different toppings; try sour cream with pesto and a strip of smokey charred capsicum; a mushroom pate with a blanched asparagus spear; or Tapenade with softened feta.

  • Buckwheat Blini
  • 200 grams of buckwheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon (8 grams) of dry active yeast
  • ½ cup (120 grams) of unsweetened thick greek yoghurt, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (125 ml) of warm milk
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • butter and vegetable oil for frying
  1. Sift the buckwheat flour and salt into a large bowl and sprinkle the yeast over top.
  2. In a medium sized pouring bowl mix together the yoghurt, warm milk and egg yolks.
  3. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the flour and beat to form a smooth batter.
  4. Cover the bowl with a damp tea towel or loosely with plastic wrap and set aside for 1 hour.
  5. In another bowl place the remaining egg whites and whisk to form soft peaks.
  6. Gently fold ½ the beaten egg whites into the now bubbly flour batter to loosen the batter, then continue with the remaining egg whites.
  7. Place a heavy based frypan or skillet over a medium heat to preheat.
  8. Add a little butter and oil to the hot pan, it should sizzle immediately.
  9. Drop small spoonfuls of batter into the pan, cooking each blini for 2 minutes or so until bubbles appear, then flip and cook the 2nd side until golden and cooked through.
  10. Place the cooked blini between a folded tea towel to keep warm and fresh while you cook the remaining batter.
  11. Adding a little more butter and oil to the pan as necessary.
  12. Makes 40 approximately, leftover blini can be frozen and reheated at a later stage.

  1. Top the blini with cream cheese, sour cream, smoked salmon, smoked trout, prawns, chargrilled peppers, hummus, avocado, pates, herbs, salmon roe or caviar as desired.

Christmas 2010 Front Cover Table of Contents Gluten Free Gathering Buckwheat Blini Lamb with Quinoa, Apricot and Almond Stuffing Leek and Greens
Roast Potatoes with Oregano and Feta Frozen Figgy Pudding A Christmas Turkey Dinner Potato Baskets with Salt and Pepper Prawns Turkey Roulade with Apple Cranberry and Pecan Stuffing Confetti Roasted Root Medley
Steamed Broccoli with Sundried Tomato Butter Individual Christmas Puddings De-constructed Trifle Tiramisu Vanilla Extract Windsor Blue
Petits Fours Cranberry and Orange Macarons Shortbread White Christmas Florentines Peppermint Marshmallow Tarts Advent Calendar
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