Blinis are little pancakes or pikelets that are usually served as an appetiser or starter, topped with various toppings.
Blinis are something that I love to serve on Christmas Eve with a glass of bubbles, watching the carols, or on Christmas Day as a starter. They can be as fancy or simple as you wish and the variety of toppings that can be used is endless.
Blinis are easy to cook and can be made ahead of time, and even frozen. Making them ahead of time frees up time on the day of serving, which is rather convenient, especially if it’s Christmas Day.
I made these recently and we had them for lunch. I wasn’t too sure how they would go down with the kids, but they absolutely devoured them, which really surprised, and delighted, me. They preferred those with prosciutto on top, most likely because of the blue cheese, but they were still impressed by those with smoked salmon.
If you’re lost for something simple yet impressive to make this Christmas, why not give these a go?
- 1/2 cup wholemeal plain flour
- 1/2 cup SR flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 20g butter, melted
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup milk
- Place the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix to combine.
- Melt the butter and allow to cool slightly.
- Add the egg, butter and milk to the dry ingredients and mix well to combine.
- Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat and add 1 tsp dollops of mixture. Cook until the mixture starts to bubble. Flip and then cook for a further minute on the other side. Remove and place onto a plate. Continue with remaining mixture.
- Top with topping of choice. Some of my favourites are:
- Smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, dill and capers
- Caramelised onion, pear, rocket, blue cheese and proscuitto
- Tomato, basil, bocconcini