Blinis with Smoked Salmon & Soured Cream

Taken from Flipping Good by Sudi Pigott, published by Kyle Books. Priced at £12.99. Photography by Maja Smend

Homemade blinis are a world apart from what the supermarkets offer up. They are warm, soft, doughy, fragrant, yeasty and ligh

  • 50g butter
  • 175ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 170g plain flour (or use 40g buckwheat flour and 130g plain flour, if you like), sifted
  • 2 sachets fast-acting yeast
  • Pinch of golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • Butter, for cooking
  • To serve:

  • 300g soured cream, smetana (Russian cultured cream) or crème fraîche
  • 3 tbsps creamed or grated fresh horseradish
  • 200g smoked salmon
  • A small bunch of dill
  • Caviar (optional)
  • Preheat the oven to 100°C/Fan 90°C/Gas ¼ and put in a rack on a baking tray to keep the blinis warm.
  • Melt the butter in a small pan over a medium heat, stir in the milk and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, yeast and sugar. Pour in the milk mixture. Beat the egg yolks lightly, then mix them gently into the batter. It will feel quite elastic. Set aside for 30 minutes at room temperature to ferment a little. Put the egg whites into a clean bowl and whisk until stiff and fluffy. Carefully and gently fold them into the batter.
  • Warm a non-stick frying pan or blini pan over a medium heat and use kitchen paper to smear on a little butter. Put 2 heaped tablespoons of batter into the pan, then use the tip of the spoon to spread it into a circle. I make each about 6–7cm in diameter. Add more batter to make 2–3 more pancakes in the pan at the same time. Leave them to spread, rise and cook for up to 1 minute or until pale golden underneath. Flip over and cook for 40 seconds or until lightly golden. Keep warm in the oven and repeat with the remaining batter, adding more butter to the pan as necessary. (They can be wrapped up in parcels of foil to reheat, too.)
  • Mix the soured cream with the horseradish in a small bowl. Serve the blinis in a generous pile with the smoked salmon and horseradish soured cream separately for constructing DIY blinis. Alternatively, spoon a little horseradish soured cream on top of each blini, top with strips of smoked salmon and sprigs of dill. If you’re feeling flush, offer caviar too!
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