Blinis are small Russian buckwheat pancakes, that are traditionally served with smoked salmon, caviar and sour cream.  They are delicious served for breakfast with champagne – as only the Russians can do!  Smoked salmon is out and Oscar would never go for caviar, but blinis can be served with many other toppings.  I prefer to have them as a savoury dish, but that concept was lost on Oscar and he had his “pancakes” with maple syrup and banana.  Not what I was aiming for but at least he ate them.  Made with buckwheat they are gluten-free and I made these with rice milk so they are also dairy-free.  The original recipe came from BBC Good Food.

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Blinis (Russian Buckwheat Pancakes)

Serves 2-3
Prep time 2 hours
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 2 hours, 10 minutes
Allergy / Intolerance Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Dairy, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates, Wheat
Suitable for Dairy / Lactose Free, Gluten Free, RPAH Elimination Diet - Low Chemical / Failsafe
Meal type Appetizer, Savoury Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold
Region Russian
Russian blinis, gluten-free, dairy-free and low chemical


For the blinis:

  • 1/2 teaspoon Lowan's Instant Dried yeast
  • 125ml rice milk (warm)
  • 75g buckwheat flour (115 ml)
  • 1 egg (separated)
  • pinch salt
  • Sunflower oil (for cooking)

Topping Suggestions:

  • Cream cheese or sour cream mixed with finely chopped spring onions, parsley or chives
  • Fried preservative-free bacon
  • Preservative-free ham
  • Real Deli Chicken (Refer to recipe)
  • Sliced cooked FAILSAFE sausage (Refer to recipe)
  • Mayonnaise (Refer to recipe)
  • Any kind of dip (Refer to recipes)
  • Sliced cooked chicken


1. Dissolve the yeast in half the milk.
2. Sift the flour into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Whisk in the yeast mixture, it will look like bread crumbs. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to stand in a warm place for 45 minutes.
3. Slightly warm the remaining milk and whisk in the egg yolk. Add to the flour mixture and stir until well combined. Leave to rest for another 45 minutes. The dough will rise and have holes in it.
4. Beat the egg white until stiff and fold into the mixture.
5. Heat a small amount of oil in a large frying pan. Add small spoonfuls of the blini dough and cook gently for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown.
Allow to cool then top with your choice of toppings and serve.


Low Chemical, Gluten-free, Dairy-free

This recipe makes 7 or 8 blinis that are pikelet size, but you can make them smaller.

I've suggested a number of toppings, but you can use anything that takes your fancy.  Here are the links to the recipes mentioned above: FAILSAFE Sausages, Mayonnaise, Real Deli Chicken and dips.


Coming Up Next Time: Paw Paw Pops

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