The tradition of Maslenitsa dates back to pagan times, when Russian folk would bid farewell to winter and welcome spring. The main feature of Maslenitsa is pancakes, which Russians make by a hundred different recipes: using sour dough and without yeast ; rich and without eggs; from wheat, rye, buckwheat flour or even beer . This year the week of Maslenitsa starts early - on 16 February, that is why Russians hope that spring, which is eagerly awaited here every year, will come a bit earlier.
Usually you eat pancakes with various dressings on top - sour cream, caviar, jam or whatever. Today we've made "blini s pripiokom" which means literally pancakes with filling. Technically, it's like an omelette: you fry the filling and then pour in the dough.
Take the following ingredients: milk - 800 ml, flour - 350 g, butter - 150 g, apples - 2 pcs, eggs - 2 pcs, smoked salmon
1) Let's start with the dough. Take some eggs and separate the yolks from the whites. To the yolks we add melted margarine and about 500ml of warm milk. Keep stirring as you add flour.
2) To the egg whites we'll add salt and sugar, and then beat them. Mix the two mixtures.
3) Now let’s move to the filling. Peel and slice the apples for the sweet pancakes. Slice some smoked salmon for the savory ones.
4) Before cooking, mix the dough once again. Oil the pan with butter. Pour some dough carefully, lay out the filling, and then pour some more dough. Or, as we offered above, just lay out the filling on the pan and cover it with dough.
Bon appetit! And let’s hope that spring follows hard on the heels of Shrovetide!
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