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Stack of Russian pancakes on a white plate
7Total Time
5Prep Time
2Bake Time

Russian Pancakes

Quick and easy

2 Reviews

  • Vegetarian

About our Russian Pancakes recipe:

Russian pancakes - also known as blinis - are a popular Russian dish, and they're generally eaten during the Maslenitsa festival in Russia.

They're also incredibly versatile; make them sweet or savoury, fold them into triangles or roll them.

7Total Time
5Prep Time
2Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    Beat the milk and eggs together. Stir in the salt and the sugar and mix well. Add the baking soda and citric acid to the batter. 

  2. Step 2:

    Sift the flour in and then add the vegetable oil. Pour in the boiling water, stirring constantly. The batter should be very thin, almost watery.

  3. Step 3:

    Set the bowl aside and let it rest for 20 minutes.

  4. Step 4:

    Melt a tablespoon of butter in a small frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, lift the pan off over the heat. Pour in a ladleful of batter while you rotate your wrist, tilting the pan so the batter coats the bottom and makes a thin layer. The pancake should be really thin. 

  5. Step 5:

    Return the pan to the heat. Cook the pancake for just over a minute. Carefully lift up an edge of the blini to see if it's fully cooked. You're looking to see if the edges are golden. At this point it should have brown spots on the surface. Flip the pancake over and cook the other side for 1 minute.

  6. Step 6:

    Transfer the pancake to a plate lined with a clean kitchen towel. Continue cooking the pancakes, adding an additional tablespoon of butter to the pan after each pancake. Stack them on top of each other and cover with the kitchen towel to keep warm.

  7. Step 7:

    Spread your favorite filling in the center of the pancake and fold three times to make a triangle shape. You can also fold up all 4 sides, like a small burrito.


  • For the Batter

    • 500ml Milk
    • 2 Large eggs
    • Pinch Salt
    • 1 tbsp Silver Spoon Caster Sugar
    • 1 tsp Baking powder
    • 1 tsp Citric acid powder
    • 240g Allinson's plain white flour
    • 1 tbsp Olive oil
    • 115ml Boiling water
    • 110g Butter


  • Frying pan

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