September 16, 2007

Buckwheat pancakes with smoked salmon

Buckwheat pancakes with smoked salmon

This version of blini — a tribute to the Russian communities throughout the New York metropolitan area — is fast because it does not require yeast. If buckwheat flour is unavailable, whole-wheat flour makes a good substitute.

Makes 18 to 20 hors d'oeuvres.

1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup buckwheat flour*, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 large eggs, separated, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted

For topping: 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, 8 oz thinly sliced smoked salmon, cut into small pieces

Make pancakes: Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together yolks and milk in a small bowl, then whisk into dry ingredients. Beat egg whites in another large bowl with an electric mixer until they hold soft peaks, then fold into flour mixture. Add 3 tablespoons butter and fold until batter is smooth.
Lightly brush a 10- to 12-inch nonstick skillet with some of remaining butter, then heat over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Working in batches of 4, spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons batter per pancake into skillet and cook until surface of pancakes bubbles, 1 to 2 minutes, then flip and cook 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate and keep warm, covered. Brush skillet with butter between batches.

Make topping: Stir together all topping ingredients except salmon until combined, then dollop on pancakes and top with salmon.

*Available at natural foods stores.

Гречневые блинчики с копченым лососем

На 10-14 блинчиков.

1/2 чашки муки, 1/2 чашки гречневой муки, 1 чайная ложки сахара, 1/2 чайной ложки соды, 1/4 чайной ложки соли, 2 яйца, 1/2 чашки молока, 1/4 чашки растопленного сливочного масла (4 столовые ложки)

Смешать два вида муки, сахар, соду и соль. Добавить яйца, молоко и 3 столовые ложки растопленного масла. Все хорошо размешать. На маленькую сковороду положить немного масла и выпекать с обеих сторон блинчики.Смешать 1/2 чашки сметаны, 1/8 чайной ложки соли, 1/8 чайной ложки черного перца и выложить на блинчики. Сверху положить копченый лосось.

Most Russian-speaking readers are familiar with buckwheat. Other readers can read about Buckwheat

Recipe from Gourmet March 2004

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