Appetizers: Russian Blini (Buckwheat Pancakes)
Russian Appetizer Pancakes
1 tbsp. sugar
1 package active dry yeast
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp. melted butter or margarine
3 eggs, separated
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
Scald milk, pour into a large bowl. When lukewarm, add sugar and yeast, mixing well to dissolve yeast. Stir in 1 cup all-purpose flour; cover bowl and set in warm place until "sponge" doubles in volume (about 1-1/2 hrs.).
Combine butter, egg yolks and salt. Stir down the sponge and add butter-egg mixture, along with buckwheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry, then gently fold into batter.
Cook batter, one tablespoonful per blini, on a hot buttered griddle or skillet. Flip blini to brown second side after batter appears set on top. Cover blini with a towel and hold in 200° oven until serving.
Accompany blini with caviar, smoked salmon, minced onion, sour cream – creative self-service.