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Bring in the New Year with Blinis

Welcome 2021: Russia’s holiday season extends into the first ten days of January and of course, this can only mean one thing — time to indulge.

To help welcome the New Year, QRM shares a special Russian recipe that no holiday table is complete without: Blinis.

Traditionally, these bite-sized pancakes were prepared at the end of the winter season to honour the rebirth of the new sun in an eastern Slavic folk holiday called Maslenitsa, or butter week.

Pair your blinis with smoked salmon, smetana, tvorog, butter, jam and, for extra festivity, caviar.

Fill your stomachs with these delicious bites with the steps below:


2 eggs

1.5 cups of wheat flour

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

A pinch of salt

3 tablespoons of sugar

A pinch of baking powder

Step 1.

Crack eggs into the milk, stir, add salt and sugar

Step 2.

Gradually add flour, stirring well to avoid lumps. Add baking powder and ensure no dry pockets remain

Step 3.

Leave for 15–20 minutes, then add vegetable oil. The pancake batter can be left in the refrigerator and used later

Step 4.

Pour some oil into a very hot frying pan and spoon in some pancake batter. You’re looking for crepe-like thinness

Step 5.

Serve with your preferred garnishes

PHOTOS: Cover – Luliia_photographer/Getty images, 1 – Geshas/Shutterstock, 2 – Viktory Panchenko/Shutterstock, 3 – Simxa/Shutterstock, 4,5 – New Africa/Shutterstock

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