Thursday, October 2, 2014

Salmon blini


For my recent monumental ladies afternoon tea, salmon blini were also on the menu.  I thought this one was a bit risky because of how things go with pancakes (you know, the first one is a dud, the last ones always brown too much), but the Gods were smiling on me and the blini went just fine.

I topped half of my blini with salmon, crème fraiche and dill, and the other half with crème fraiche and truffled caviar.  The salmon ones were the most popular, but in my books, both tasted good.

The blini recipe came from p118 of Treat Petite by Fiona Pearce.  To make them, you will need:

150g plain flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
175ml milk
1 egg
50g melted butter

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together into a bowl.  Whisk in the milk and the egg, then half of the melted butter.  Place the mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.  

Heat a frying pan and brush it with half of the remaining melted butter.  Dollop tablespoonfuls of mixture into the pan, and cook until bubbles form on the top side and the blini are  lightly browned underneath.  Flip the blini and cook on the other side until browned, then flip out onto a plate.

To serve, top with a dollop of crème fraiche, a strip of smoked salmon and a sprig of dill; or a dollop of crème fraiche and some truffled caviar.

8 comments:

Guru Uru said...

This looks like a classy appetiser :)
I really like the colour as well!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Merryn said...

You are so right about pancakes being hard to perfect every time you cook a batch. Your salmon blini look purely delightful and the dill is like crowning glory on top of the salmon and cream :D

Andrea_TheKitchenLioness said...

Dear Gaye, I do love blini and I would have loved to nibble on a few of these lovely blinis with crème fraîche, salmon and fresh dill! What a delicious treat! I really should be making some again soon!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I love blini! It's the only reason I seem to keep buckwheat flour but I'm curious to see what these are like :D

Michelle Muse said...

Very yummy looking!

~~louise~~ said...

Looks like you nailed it, Gaye. I'd love an afternoon tea that included such lovely dainties:)

Thank you so much for sharing...

2paw said...

Oh yes, the first pikelet here is always The Dogs' Pikelet!!! I like a nice blini, sometimes I can buy some buckwheat flour if I am lucky. Afternoon tea sounds marvellous!!!

Kayte said...

Your tea party salmon blini look fantastic. Looks perfect to me...what a party you had, so many wonderful foods to eat and so pretty on the serving plates, etc. Actually, I would expect no less. :-) You are always great at stuff like this.