Russian red blini (pancakes)

  For many people St.Valentine Day is red roses, dinner in a restaurant, chocolate desserts and other heart-shape stuff. Does it seems boring only for me? I think, the best way to diversify this ‘red’ day is by trying something new, like eat non-chocolate dessert, or if you always go out this day stay in to cook a decadent dinner for two. Unleash your creativity! It can be flavorsome salmon steaks or roast quails, you can experiment with sauces.. A small change can have a huge effect! 😉Red blini (with heart)

 A perfect St.Valentine Day can be started by serving a late breakfast that will get both of you in the loving mood. Ready to leave an impression? Prepare these amazing Russian red blini (pancakes)!  Beets give pancakes stunning color and delicate sweetness. They are the perfect way to treat those you love! Russian blini

 Next week, starts from Monday, will be one of the brightest and entertaining of Russian holidays – Maslenitsa, or also knows as Butterweek or Pancake Week. It’s celebrated during the last week before Great Lent. It’s the festival with lots of fun, dance, songs and of course huge amount of blini, which is constantly cooked throughout the week. I’ll be posting more about Maslenitsa next week.

Russian red blini

IngredientsRussian blini
130-150g beet, cooked
200-230ml milk, full fat
200ml sparkling mineral water
2 eggs, medium size
a good pinch of salt
2 tsp white sugar, optional
2 tbsp sunflower oil
150-170g plain flour
some oil for frying, if needed
sour cream for garnish, if desired
  • Puree cooked beet with hand blender or in a food processor until smooth. Add milk, water and stir.
  • In a medium bowl, beat eggs with salt and sugar. Add it to the batter along with oil; stir.
  • Sift flour and add it to the batter. Stir to combine.
  • Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the frying pan and fry thin pancakes as usual. You can make any diameter you like.
  • Serve warm with sour cream or other garnish.
Sweet garnish: sour cream with honey and chopped pear; sweet cottage cheese; mix berries with sweeten condensed milk.
Savory garnish: cured salmon slices; cheese with herbs; ham.
I’m bringing these lovely and tasty Russian blini to the Angie‘s Fiesta Friday party, co-hosts Suzanne and Sue and to all beautiful ladies! Hope you all have a wonderful St.Valentine day!


  1. MamaD1xx4xy says:

    It is always fun to think outside the box. I grew up having dinner out with the whole family for Valentine’s Day since it was my sister’s birthday. I don’t enjoy going out as much now since most restaurants have preset menus and it is just crowded so we stay in, plus with kids of our own now it is harder to get out. We started our Valentine’s Day with a German style brunch of weisswurst and potato salad. Dinner will be seafood risotto. I like your ideas as well and the red blini look great!

    • milkandbun says:

      I also prefer to eat at home rather than go out simply because it’s rush and too crowded, and I can cook some tasty meals, too. 🙂 Seafood risotto sounds great, haven’t made it long time.
      Weisswurst – it’s white thick sausage, right?

  2. Loretta says:

    You are absolutely spot on…. why all the common foods? It should definitely be extraordinary and unique! I love your Russian red blinis – Happy V-Day!

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  4. These are so special Mila, you really outdid your self. The color is vibrant and beautiful and the blini are such a lovely vehicle for any filling or topping, thank you for bringing these to the party.

  5. petra08 says:

    The colour is amazing! They looks so delicious I wish I could reach out with a fork and help myself! Next time I am making pancakes I will see if I can give them a colour, I feel inspired! 🙂

  6. Oh my goodness those look beautiful! They remind me of the valentine cards that we used to make from paper doilies. You have such a great eye for presentation & wonderful photography. Hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day!

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  8. Ginger says:

    Your photographs are fantastic! I absolutely adore the colours (and I’m not usually a pink person …) What a wonderful alternative to the usual Valentine’s food!

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