Bliny (so-called pancakes or crepes) are a kind of dish which is cooked on different occasions. Russians eat them at different times of the day as a dessert, snack, or even the main course. Bliny are served with sour creme, honey, salmon, caviar, and many other ingredients. Bliny are rather big (the size of the plate), so don't confuse them with small and thick oladyi (another kind of pancakes).
Bliny are especially popular on Maslenitsa ( Butterweek – a week before the Lent). Blinis are a symbol of the sun, which is represented not only in the shape but also in the warmth you feel on a cold day. There are millions of recipes of bliny. But we would like to offer you one example.
How to cook bliny?
60 gram of butter
2 cups of milk
1 cup of flour
1,5 tablespoon of powdered sugar
1. Mix together 4 egg yolks with 60 g of softened butter.
2. Add 1 cup milk, one cup of flour and 1.5 tablespoons of powdered sugar.
Stir them well with a whisk to break up lumps
3. Add another cup of milk and mix well
4. Now the dough is rather liquid (the more liquid it is the thinner your pancakes will be)
5. In a separate bowl beat the remaining four whites with the addition of salt and then gently fold the beaten whites into the batter.
6. Heat the pan and coat it lightly with vegetable oil. You won't need oil later.
7. Laddle the batter and turn your pancake when the edges get dry
8. Bon Appetit!
You can try bliny during your Moscow tours in a high-class restaurant or in a fast-food kiosk (There're many of them scattered around the city, the most popular chain is called "TEREMOK"). You can also visit a Russian family with your Moscow tour guide and have a bliny-making master class to add to your Moscow 3 day tour.