Blini are essentially small buckwheat pancakes from Russia, commonly they are topped with real caviar and sour cream; I am not to into common, more jazz hands and pizzaz!
I had made these show stomping appetizer for my Pom Wonderful dinner party last week, when racking my brain over what I should serve I realized I didn't want the same old bread and dip type of stuff; I wanted to create something that made the pomegranates shine and hold their own. The combination of the pomegranate caviar, creamy cheese, and the soft pancake really lent its self to a bright and textually pleasing bite, with a fun pop of pomegranate seeds to finish it off.
Complex, but not uptight. Like me. Wait....
What you need:
1 C. Buckwheat flour
14 oz. Sour Cream
.7 oz fresh yeast (I used dried yeast)
1 tsp Sugar
3/4 C. Milk
1 tsp Salt
2 T melted Butter
1 egg yolk
1 egg white
Step 0: prep your yeast if you are using dry.
Step 1: Heat Sour Cream till it is warm, then add Sugar and yeast.
Step 2: In a mixing bowl (with a lid if you have one) add Buckwheat flour and sour cream contents (remember always wet to dry never reverse). Mix.
|kinda messy, oops!|
Step 3: Leave on the counter covered for about 2 hours or do like I did and put it in the fridge over night. Helps brake up a full day cooking mania!
|this is what it looks like right after you mix.|
Step 3.5: Take the dough out from the fridge and let it get back to room temp.
|this is the scary post fridge version. I like to call it "when yeast attacks"!|
Step 4: Heat Milk, Butter and salt in a pan, add to the dough and mix. Mix egg yolk and add that into the dough.
Step 5: Whisk egg white into peaks, fold into dough. Your batter may look slightly runny, don't worry.
Step 6: Heat non-stick griddle or if using a pan add a bit of butter. Make silver dollar sized pancakes, flip when batter stops making bubbles. Remove and let cool.
Creamed Goat Cheese and Mascarpone Spread:
Step 1: In a mixer add goat cheese, mascarpone, and a dollop of sour cream (if you have any left over from the blinis) blend till smooth.
Step 2: Put cream in a piping bag (or zip lock bag with corner cut off) and pipe your beautiful pancakes, make sure the pancakes aren't too hot or they will melt the cheese.
Step 1: Remove fresh ariels from a fresh Pomegranate, place 3-4 on top of cheese mixture.
Step 2: Serve, Eat and be Admired!
The blini recipe was borrowed from www.glutenfreeday.com