Blini are large, Russian pancakes which are similar to crêpe and can be served with savoury or sweet fillings, as starters, mains and even for breakfast. The small pancakes that have recently become popular in the UK and are sold in shops as "blini" are actually оладьи (oladi).


Preparation time
5 minutes
Cooking time
20 minutes
Total time
25 hour
Serves 1 person



  1. Beat the egg.
  2. Add 100 ml of milk, sugar and salt to the eggs. Whisk until the mix is smooth.
  3. Add the flour to the mix, whisk until there are no lumps left. Some people prefer to use a wooden spoon to mix in the flour instead of a whisk.
  4. Add the remaining milk, whisk until it is well stirred in.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and whisk until the batter is smooth again.
  6. Heat a non-stick frying pan, oil it lightly.
  7. Pour enough batter into the frying pan to cover the bottom in a thin layer while tipping the frying pan to help spread it. If the batter is too thick to cover the frying pan before it solidifies, turn down the heat or add more milk into the batter.
  8. Once the blin starts to brown slightly on the edges, turn it over.
  9. While the blin fries on the other side, place a little butter on top of it.
  10. Once the blin is ready, it can be eaten with a sweet or savoury filling, or stuffed with a savoury filling and re-fried in butter.
Ekaterina Gerasimova
5th April 2013

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