Sunday, January 11, 2009
Blini are light and small pancakes which originally come from Russia. Traditionally they are made with buckwheat flour and yeast and served with sour cream and caviar or smoked salmon. However, these blini from The French Laundry cookbook contain none of those ingredients or toppings. I can't share the recipe in my blog, but I assure you that the cookbook is worth the fifty bucks. Not only it is pretty to look at, you will find really good recipes.
The French Laundry blini were truly phenomenal. As it was described in the introduction, it was so smooth, creamy and melted in my mouth. The texture and the flavor sort of reminded me of cheese souffle that is light, fluffy and creamy. There was a separate recipe for the topping, but I didn't make it this time. Instead, I drizzled them with honey and spread with jam - just like pancakes.
Unlike regular pancakes, these blini can be prepared a couple of hours in advance, which can be a good thing. They are quite small and tend to lose the heat fairly quickly, so you should make them just before you are ready to eat.