Blinis are extremely useful to have in your repertoire, especially when entertaining, because they provide a great foundation for a wide range of canapés.
Blinis are Russian pancakes, traditionally made with a mixture of wheat and buckwheat flour. The buckwheat brings a robustness and a hearty, nutty flavour which makes blinis a solidly savoury snack, unlike most other pancakes.
75g plain flour
75g buckwheat flour
1/3 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp oil
If you want to make the spinach blinis featured in the video, you’ll also need 100g raw spinach.
- Place the spinach into a pan with a few tablespoons of water and bring to a simmer until the spinach has wilted
- Strain, leave to cool and squeeze out any excess water
- Blend with the oil and milk
- Combine the flour with the baking powder and salt
- Make a well in the center and crack the egg in, start whisking it in
- Add the milk and spinach mixture, gradually and keep whisking
- Heat vegetable oil in a pan and fry the batter in batches, until golden around the edges