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Blintz - Russian pancakes

Blintz with sour cream

Russian pancakes are called blintz (or fondly blintchiki). Other names are blin, blini, blintchik, blinz or bliny. Blintz is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Russian cuisine. In Russia, blintz are often served with different fillings. Another common way of eating these tasty pancakes is to fold them into a triangle and dip in sour cream.

Ingredients (for 4-6 Persons)
300 g (=2,5 cups) wheat flour
500 ml (=2 cups) milk (warm)
25 g (=1 oz) yeast
25 g (=1 oz) butter
100 ml (=1/2 cup) cream
2 eggs
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
frying oil

Traditionally the dough for bliny should be made 5-6 hours before cooking. The real dough for bliny should consist of equal parts of flour and liquid. "Liquid" is not only milk, but also butter, eggs, cream and yeast. It is also important to make sure that:

  1. the yeast is very fresh (and do not take too much yeast!)
  2. the dough is very smooth and there are no lumps
  3. beaten egg whites are poured into the cream (and not vice versa!). This makes the pancakes especially tender.

Russian Pancakes Bliny - step by step

Blini Fillings

Traditionally the Russians eat blini with different fillings. Try the most popular fillings made of minces meat or curd.

Meat Filling for Blini

500 g (=1.1 lb) minced meat
1 big onion
2 tbsp oil
100 ml (=1/2 cup) meat stock


  1. Preheat a pan and add oil. Chop onions and fry until transparent.
  2. Add minced meat into the pan and fry until ready.
  3. Pour meat stock into the pan to make the filling juicy, but not fluid.
  4. Put a tablespoon of the filling in the middle of each blin. Fold blin like an envelope and fry until golden brown on both sides.

Curd Filling

300 g (=10.5 oz) curd
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp sour cream
2 egg yolks
1 tsp grated lemon zest


  1. Cream curd and sugar together.
  2. Add egg yolks, sour cream, grated lemon zest und mix well.
  3. Put a tablespoon of the filling in the middle of each blin. Fold blin like an envelope and fry until golden brown on both sides.

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