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Blini stacked on a plate, topped with raspberries.

Russian Crepes Blini

Makes 18-20 8 inch blini.
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: blini, blini recipe, crepes recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Batter Resting Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 325kcal


  • blender


  • 220g/2 cups flour
  • 875ml/3.5 cups buttermilk or kefir
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 0.5 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


For the Blender Method

  • Add all ingredients in the order listed to the blender and blend until smooth.

For the bowl and whisk method

  • In a large mixing bowl mix eggs, flour, 1 cup of buttermilk, baking soda, oil, sugar and salt with a whisk. It's important to incorporate liquid gradually to avoid lumps. When the mixture is smooth and lump free, add remaining buttermilk.

Cooking Bini

  • The consistency of the batter should be the same as of heavy cream. Let stand for 20 minutes. You should see small bubbles on the surface of your batter.
  • Preheat your non-stick frying pan on medium heat and grease it with an odourless oil. ( I usually put some oil on a paper towel and rub the frying pan with it to ensure even coating.)
  • With a ladle or a measuring cup pour ½ cup of batter in the pan and tilt the pan slightly so batter runs to the edges forming a thin and round crepe. Cook it until the top of the crepe looks dry, then flip with a spatula and cook for 1 minute longer. (See photos in post for reference.)
  • Remove to a platter and spread a little butter if desired. Repeat with the next crepe and continue cooking until all batter is used. Stack the crepes on top of each other.



Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 661mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 2mg