Breakfast in Russia
There is a Russian saying that goes like this:
Eat breakfast yourself,
Share dinner with a friend,
But give supper to your enemy!
Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. It should be eaten, not shared or given away. Breakfast in Russia is usually eaten at 8:00 A.M. and is very filling. A typical Russian breakfast is blini served with sour cream and milk or tea.
Blini are like pancakes. If sour cream doesnt appeal to you try spreading them with your favorite jam.
4 cups of all-purpose flour
2 cups buttermilk
Half teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
Half to 1 cup warm water (optional)
Half cup sunflower oil for frying
- Place flour in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add the buttermilk. Beat well with a spoon to prevent lumps from forming.
- Add the egg, salt, and sugar and stir until blended. The mixture should be like pancake batter. If it is too thick, stir in up to half a cup warm water.
- Put the batter in a warm place for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Lightly grease a small frying pan with 1 teaspoon oil. Heat the pan for several seconds over medium heat.
- Pour half a cup batter into the pan. Quickly swirl the pan so a thin, even layer covers the bottom. If the batter has thickened, add more water. When the edge of the pancake lifts easily from the pan, carefully flip it over with a spatula.
- When the other side lifts easily from the pan, remove the pancake, place it on a plate, and cover it with a cloth towel. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the pan when necessary. Serve warm with something you think will be yummy like jam or sour cream.