What are the Best Russian Pancake and Crepe recipes?

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What are the best Russian pancake and crepe recipes? Russian pancakes are called “blinis”. Russian blinis have a long history of over a thousand years and there are several versions of how they appeared. In ancient pagan times, blinis were the rituals of treating ancestral spirits. It was believed that ancestral spirits could be cajoled to help with the good harvest. It is interesting to know that pancakes were fed to the beggars and strangers as they were perceived to be mediators between two worlds – the world of the living and the world of the dead. It was also believed that blinis were sacrificial bread and they were cooked round as the symbol of worship of the supreme god Perun and the sun god Yarilo.

Ancient Rusichi, Russian people, ate pancakes with their hands only, even when the first knives and forks appeared, otherwise a trouble can be called. The use of the cutlery while eating pancakes was severely punished. The dainty was torn, twisted, folded but only by hands. This custom has pagan roots as among pagans the pancake was considered a symbol of the sun.

The family recipes were passed from mother to daughter during centuries. To make pancakes fluffy and delicious, the dough was kneaded late at night to keep it away from prying eyes. While preparing the dough, women sentencing: “Young moon, or young moon – golden your horns, look out of the window, blow on the dough”. Buckwheat flour was mainly used so it added a slightly sour pleasant taste to blinis. Other ingredients like yeast, milk and water, contributed well to the fluffiness, ruddiness and softness. Pancakes were baked in the oven on the birch logs using cast iron pans carefully calcined with salt and greased with a piece of unsalted lard. As centuries back so nowadays, blinis are one of the most lovable dishes on a Russian table and each family has its own favorite recipe.

MILK PANCAKE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • milk – 0.5 L
  • egg – 2 pcs
  • flour – 200 gr
  • sunflower oil – 2 tablespoons
  • sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • salt – a pinch

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Break eggs to the plate.
  2. Add salt and sugar and mix them carefully.
  3. Add milk (room temperature) and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add flour gradually (50 gr and mix).
  5. Add sunflower oil and mix. You can use a blender, so the mixture becomes homogeneous.
  6. Preheat a frying pan to the maximum temperature and then turn to the middle fire.
  7. Add a drop of sunflower oil and smear it along the frying pan surface with the brush.

8. Pour around 90ml of dough to the frying pan.

9. Rotate the pan so the dough covers the surface.

10. Fry the pancake for about 2-3 min and then turn to the other side using a spatula.

11. Fry the other side for around 2 min.

12. The ready pancake place to the pancake plate

13. Grease the pancake with butter and cover the plate with the lid.

MILK PANCAKE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • milk – 0.5 L
  • egg – 2 pcs
  • flour – 200 gr
  • sunflower oil – 2 tablespoons
  • sugar – 1 tablespoon
  • salt – a pinch

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Break eggs to the plate.
  2. Add salt and sugar and mix them carefully.
  3. Add milk (room temperature) and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add flour gradually (50 gr and mix).
  5. Add sunflower oil and mix. You can use a blender, so the mixture becomes homogeneous.
  6. Preheat a frying pan to the maximum temperature and then turn to the middle fire.
  7. Add a drop of sunflower oil and smear it along the frying pan surface with the brush.
  8. Pour around 90ml of dough to the frying pan.
  9. Rotate the pan so the dough covers the surface.
  10. Fry the pancake for about 2-3 min and then turn to the other side using a spatula.
  11. Fry the other side for around 2 min.
  12. The ready pancake place to the pancake plate.
  13. Grease the pancake with bWhat are the best Russian pancake and crepe recipes?utter and cover the plate with the lid.

BUCKWHEAT AND WHEAT PANCAKE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • buckwheat flour – 3 ½ glasses
  • wheat flour – 1 ½ glasses
  • milk – boiling, 2 glasses
  • water – warm, 2 ½ glasses
  • yeast – 25gr
  • butter – 25gr
  • egg – 2 pcs
  • salt – 1 teaspoon
  • sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • melted butter – ½ glass

INSTRUCTIONS

Dough preparation:

  1. Dilute yeast into water.
  2. Add all wheat flour and 1 ½ glass of buckwheat flour.
  3. Mix and leave to rise.
  4. Once the dough is risen, add the rest of buckwheat flour and leave again.
  5. After the dough is ready, pour the boiling milk to the mixture and let it cool down for a little bit.
  6. Add salt, sugar and butter.
  7. Let it rest for sometime.

Pancake frying:

  1. Add a drop of sunflower oil and smear it along the frying pan surface with the brush.
  2. Pour around 90ml of dough to the frWhat are the best Russian pancake and crepe recipes?ying pan
  3. Rotate the pan so the dough covers the surface.
  4. Fry the pancake for about 2-3 min and then turn to the other side using a spatula.
  5. Fry the other side for around 2 min.
  6. The ready pancake place to the pancake plate and cover with the lid.

BUCKWHEAT AND WHEAT PANCAKE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • buckwheat flour – 3 ½ glasses
  • wheat flour – 1 ½ glasses
  • milk – boiling, 2 glasses
  • water – warm, 2 ½ glasses
  • yeast – 25gr
  • butter – 25gr
  • egg – 2 pcs
  • salt – 1 teaspoon
  • sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • melted butter – ½ glass

INSTRUCTIONS

Dough preparation:

  1. Dilute yeast into water.
  2. Add all wheat flour and 1 ½ glass of buckwheat flour.
  3. Mix and leave to riseWhat are the best Russian pancake and crepe recipes?.
  4. Once the dough is risen, add the rest of buckwheat flour and leave again.
  5. After the dough is ready, pour the boiling milk to the mixture and let it cool down for a little bit.
  6. Add salt, sugar and butter.
  7. Let it rest for sometime.

Pancake frying:

  1. Add a drop of sunflower oil and smear it along the frying pan surface with the brush.
  2. Pour around 90ml of dough to the frying pan
  3. Rotate the pan so the dough covers the surface.
  4. Fry the pancake for about 2-3 min and then turn to the other side using a spatula.
  5. Fry the other side for around 2 min.
  6. The ready pancake place to the pancake plate and cover with the lid.

Writing about pancakes and crepes, we can’t pass by a huge Russian traditional celebration that lasts the whole week and is called “Maslentisa”, or pancake week. The whole week is about pancakes! Every day of the week is dedicated to the certain tradition and people of the country cook, eat and treat guests and strangers with pancakes. The pancake week falls into the last week before the Lent, or 56 days before the Easter. Originally, Maslenitsa is a pagan holiday when people celebrated and praised Yarilo – the god of the sun. People celebrated the end of the winter and hoped for the warmer times. Such celebrations were always accompanied by burning bonfires, wheel and stuffed man symbolizing the outgoing winter. Let us take a closer look of each day celebration.

Monday – meeting. On this day entertainment preparations finished, people paid visits to relatives and friends and cooked a festive pancake. Such a pancake was then passed to the poor to remember the departed. On that day, old unused things are collected and burned in the fire. People sing and dance around the bonfire as it is believed that the person gets rid of old troubles and misfortunes.

Tuesday – matchmaking. That day was well-loved by youngsters as they could see their future spouse and show themselves. Guys invited girls to ride horses or sled from the hills, play snowballs as well as eat aromatic hot pancakes.

Wednesday – gourmet. All cook pancakes (again)) and visit each other. Sons-in-law go to the mothers-in-law to eat pancakes, and mothers-in law shows them their good attitude in every possible way. It was impossible for a son-in-law to reject an invitation as it was believed that wife’s mother passed wealth, happiness and love.

Thursday – fun. This is the start of Maslenitsa. People stop working and start having fun – they organized fist fights and competitions, danced in circles and sang funny songs. People of all villages and towns were involved and celebrated together as one! The main traditions on that day is capture of a snow town. Children and adults work together to build a strong fort and split into two teams – infantry and cavalry. The infantry has to defend the fortress, while the cavalry tries to destroy it. The whole place is filled with laughter, screams and fun!

Friday – mother-in-law evenings. This is a pay back day for a son-in law when he invites his wife’s mother to try his treats. Mother-in-law comes with her girlfriends to show off what kind of a treasure her son-in-law is. The son-in-law, in return, has to do his best to show his deepest respect to his beloved mother-in-law.

Saturday – gatherings at the sister-in-law. Husband’s relatives visit the family. A wife invites her husband’s sister and treat guests with all possible festive foods so that sister-in-law does not denounce and think that the family lives in poverty.

Sunday – forgiven Sunday. It is an extremely important day for Russian people as they ask for forgiveness and forgive for voluntary and involuntary grievances. This day, people clean their hearts and minds and let the Lent start. Those who passed away, were remembered. All food should be eaten and the tableware to be cleaned. Then, people went to banya, or sauna, to not only make their souls clean, but the bodies too. Pancake week then, was finished by the burning of the stuffed Maslenitsa, a symbol of fertility, after which the ash was scattered across the fields for the better harvest.

COTTAGE CHEESE AND HONEY PANCAKE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • cottage cheese (the recipe of Russian tvorog you can find below) – 400gr
  • honey – 30-40gr
  • dried fruits and crushed nuts – as much as want

Instructions:

  1. Mix cottage cheese and honey with the blender.
  2. Mix with dried fruits and nuts.
  3. Place the mixture on the pancake.
  4. Roll pancakes into envelopes.

SALMON AND CREAM CHEESE PANCAKE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • cream cheese – 300gr
  • smoked salmon – 300gr
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Smear cream cheese along the pancake.
  2. Cut salmon to small cubes and place on the pancake.
  3. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  4. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Add the mixture on the pancake.
  6. Roll pancakes into envelopes.

POTATO AND MEAT PANCAKE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • potato – 5-6pcs
  • Mince (beef, lamb, chicken or mixture) – 200gr
  • Onion – 2pcs
  • Capsicum – 3pcs
  • Carrot – 1pc
  • Ground red pepper
  • Dried celery
  • Capers

Instructions:

  1. Boil the potatoes and mash them.
  2. Add salt to the mince.
  3. Cut onion and carrot to small pieces.
  4. Fry salted mince and cut vegetables.
  5. Cut capsicum to small cubes and add to the fried mixture.
  6. Add capers and seasonings to the mixture and mix.
  7. Place the mixture on the pancake.
  8. Roll pancakes into envelopes.

There are quite a few wise sayings and proverbs about Maslenitsa and pancakes. One of the most famous is “Not all to a cat is Maslenitsa” – Everyday is not Sunday. It is suggested that during the week cats were lucky to get more delicacies than in any other part of the year. Another widely used proverb is “The first pancake is lumpy”. Russian people say that when something did not go as planned. Unexperienced housewives make a common mistake of not preheating the frying pan enough so that the first pancake gets spoiled. The proverb has a long history that faced a significant change. Initially there was no “lumpy”, or “komom” in Russian, but “komam” that comes from the phrase “to bears”. A lot of nations had a cult of the bear. Researchers say that a hundred thousand years ago, in the era of Neanderthals, the head of he killed bear became the central object of the holiday in honor of a successful hunt. Such celebrations were held in sacred caves, where archaeologists later found over 1000 skulls. In Mythological understanding the bear appears to be a deity, founder of traditions, ancestor, totem, guardian spirit and many others.

In European countries, similar holidays are celebrated. In Catholic countries it’s a Carnival that comes from the Latin word “carne vale” which means good buy meat. “Kurentovanje”, or winter banishing, and “Wedding with a pine” which falls on the last Sunday before the Lent. “Zvonchary” in Croatia where people dressed in animal skins and masks with horns walk around a city producing wild screams to scare winter away. “Fastelavn” in Scandinavian countries is a carnival with holiday festivities and buns with various fillings. Europeans and Americans celebrate “Madi Gras”, or Fat Tuesday, with noisy carnival led by improvised Queen and King.

“Blini s pripekom” – are the traditional Russian pancakes, in which they have baked in any filling. Chopped boiled eggs, chopped mushrooms or vegetables are the common fillings. There is a certain procedure of baking of such pancakes. First, the smaller amount than normally of dough is poured on the preheated frying pan and then, when the pancake on the frying pan is slightly browned, the filling is placed on the top and the rest of the dough is poured on the top. Baked pancakes can be cooked not only from wheat flour, but also from buckwheat, rye or oatmeal. Below you can find a few recipes of such pancakes.

EGG FILLED PANCAKE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Eggs – 6pcs
  • Sunflower oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Boil eggs.
  2. Mash boiled eggs with the fork.
  3. Fry eggs with sunflower oil.
  4. Add salt and pepper.

ONION FILLED PANCAKE RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • White onion – 3pcs
  • Sunflower oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Thyme – 0.5 teaspoon
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions:

  1. Cut onion to small pieces.
  2. Fry onion with sunflower oil and thyme.
  3. Add salt and pepper.

APPLE CINNAMON FILLED PANCAKE FILLED RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • Milk – 100ml
  • Apple – 2pcs
  • Egg – 2pcs
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Baking soda – 0.5 teaspoon
  • Sugar – 0.5-1 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon – 1/3 teaspoon
  • Flour – 120gr
  • Sunflower oil

Instructions:

  1. Clean and great apples.
  2. Add eggs to the apples and mix with the whisk.
  3. Add salt, sugar, soda and cinnamon.
  4. Pour milk, add flour and mix to get a thick homogeneous mass.
  5. Let the dough rest for 10-15 min.
  6. Preheat the frying pan
  7. Add sunflower oil so it covers the surface for 0.5cm.
  8. Fry the pancakes on both sides.
  9. Serve pancakes with sour cream, jam or honey.

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