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Russian Blini: Three Simple Recipes


Pancakes are one of the oldest dishes in the history of humanity. They are loved in many countries but they are cooked in different ways. Today we are going to tell you about 3 ways of cooking real Russian Blini ( Russian pancakes ) .

Pancakes – milk dough

This is the most popular recipe for Russian pancakes. These pancakes are easy to cook, and they can be served as a dessert as well as a main dish.

Pancakes - milk dough

We need:

  • 2,1 cups of milk;
  • 2 eggs;
  • 7 oz of flour;
  • 2 table spoons of oil;
  • 1 table spoon of sugar;
  • a pinch of sault.

Now we can start making the dough:

  1. First, you need to beat the eggs in the bowl and mix them with sugar and salt. You should take the eggs out of the fridge beforehand to make them warm;
  2. Add the milk and mix well;
  3. Stir in flour so to get the dough smooth and to the right texture;
  4. Finally add oil and stir all ingredients carefully.

Start cooking:

  1. First, you warm up the frying pan and put some drops oil on the surface. Spread the oil evenly on the frying pan with a brush;
  2. Put the heat on medium;
  3. Pour 90ml of dough on the hot frying pan. You should turn the frying pan a little so the dough distributes evenly;
  4. Fry the pancake for 2-3 minutes, then using a flipper carefuly turn the pancake and fry for another 2 minutes;
  5. Once the pancake is ready put it on the plate and cover with a lid.

You can use any filling with this type of pancakes. You can spread some jam and have a wonderful dessert for your tea; or wrap some fried minced meat and have a delicious lunch. This type of pancake is often served with caviar and red fish.

Pancakes – water dough

You will like this way of making pancakes if there is no milk left in your fridge, or if you would like to cook a light healthy dish. You make the dough almost the same way as milk dough.

Pancakes - water dough

You need:

  • 2,1 cups of water;
  • 11,3 oz of flour;
  • 2 eggs;
  • 2 table spoons of oil;
  • 1 table spoon of sugar;
  • A pinch of salt.

Mix the dough:

  1. Beat the eggs in the bowl, add salt, sugar and mix well;
  2. Pour water and mix well again;
  3. Stir in flour.

The dough for healthy pancakes is ready. The way of cooking is similar to the way we make the milk dough pancakes.

Cooking :

  1. Warm the frying pan hot and put some oil on the surface. Let the oil spread evenly on the frying pan ;
  2. Reduce the heat to medium;
  3. Pour about 90ml of dough on the frying pan, turn the pan to spread the dough evenly ;
  4. Fry the pancake for 2-3 minutes on both sides;
  5. Once the pancake is ready put it on the plate and cover with a lid.

This type of pancake is really good as a snack or dessert. Water dough pancakes are low on calories and they can be eaten with fresh fruit and berries.

Yeasted dough pancakes

These are traditional pancakes which Russians make at Maslennitsa. They are thicker, more beaten and go well with various sweet fillings.

Yeasted dough pancakes


  • 2 oz of sugar
  • 1 tea spoon of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 0,25 oz of dry yeast
  • 0,3 cups of oil
  • 10,5 oz of flour
  • 1,2 cups of milk
  • 0,9 cups of water

Making the dough:

  1. Beat the eggs in the bowl, add sugar and salt. Добавляем в миску яйца, сахар и соль. Whisk until there is some foam;
  2. Pour milk into the bowl (you need to first warm it up a little), add yeast and flour. Add flour gradually;
  3. Pour oil, water and stir again;
  4. Put the dough in a warm place for about 1 hour. It should get 2 times bigger;
  5. Stir the dough again to let the air out of it and let it lift again.
  6. When the dough lifts again, you should not stir it, as you need to keep it airy, so be very careful with the dough.


  1. Heat the frying pan and put some oil on it;
  2. Gently scoop the dough with a ladle, pour it on the pan and let it float. You should scoop the dough from the top, don’t put the ladle deep; this way we will have fluffy pancakes;
  3. When a pancake turns golden, turn it and fry it on the other side;
  4. Once the pancakes are ready stack them on top of one another putting some butter on the top of every cake.

Yeasted dough pancakes are ready! We recommend to eat them with sweet fillings: jam, fruit and berries.

What can you eat Russian pancakes with?

Pancakes are a very variable dish in Russian cuisine. There are a lot of fillings both sweet and savoury to stuff pancakes with. Therefore Russian pancakes can be a main course as well as a dessert.

What can you eat Russian pancakes with?

Beef and fowl are often used as a meat filling for pancakes. You can use both boiled meat and fried mince meat which goes well with mushrooms. Traditionally this type of pancake is served with sour cream which makes the pancakes less dry.

You can also wrap cottage cheese with prunes or berries, for example blueberries in pancakes to get a delicious and nourishing breakfast.

Jam, fruit and berries are traditionally served with pancakes. Modern recipes recommend to wrap pieces of banana in pancakes and serve them covered with hot chocolate. You can enjoy it with a cup of tea.

Pancake snacks are also popular. Pancakes with red and black caviar are traditional snack for vodka. Pancakes can also be stuffed with salmon.

These are classical examples of fillings. Don’t be afraid to experiment and invent your own dishes! We hope you will like our recipes for Russian pancakes. Cook, try and leave your comments about Russian pancakes!

2 thoughts on “Russian Blini: Three Simple Recipes

  1. John Merritt28.10.2016 at 10:14

    I’ve been wanting to try Russian pancakes. Thank you for the recipe in English. I will try to cook!

  2. Shontinique Kay28.10.2016 at 10:15

    I tried to eat pancakes in your recipe with roasted vegetables. It was very unusual and new way. Later I will try new toppings. Thanks!


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