Monday, March 7, 2011

Russian crepes! Blini (russian)

1 cup of milk
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 large egg
2 tbl spoons or olive oil
1/4 cup of sugar
1 tea spoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of backing soda with 1/4 teaspoon white vinegar (mixed together)

1 onion cut in half. Olive oil
Put a half of onion on a fork, it will be your device for greasing the pan. Pour 1/4 cup olive oil in a small bowl, put your greasing device there. It's my grandmother's way to grease the pan every time before you pour the batter on the pan.

So! Mix all 7 ingredients together in a large bowl.. The batter should be very thin, almost watery, if it's not, add some water in it. Set the bowl aside and let it rest for 20 minutes.
Grease your pan with an onion on a fork device. Pick the pan up off the heat. Pour in a ladleful of batter while you rotate your wrist, tilting the pan so the batter makes a circle and coats the bottom. The blini should be very thin.
Return the pan to the heat. Cook the blini for 90 seconds. Carefully lift up an edge of the blini to see if it's fully cooked: the edges will be golden and it should have brown spots on the surface. Flip the blini over and cook the other side for 1 minute.
Transfer every crepe to a plate and grease each of them with a small piece of butter.
Stack them on top of each other and cover with the kitchen towel to keep warm.

The way we make them is - you can spread your favorite filling in the center of the blini and fold up all 4 sides, like a small burrito.
Fillings can be different - from fried ground meat to my favorite - boiled chicken+cheese+fried mushrooms.
Bananas and chocolate
salmon and cream cheese

Whatever is good for you!!!!

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