Russian Buttermilk Pancakes – Оладьи/Блинчики
The other day my sister called and ask how to make ‘blinchiki’ or pancakes. I call them Russian pancakes because they’re different in texture from American pancakes. They’re not as puffy/fluffy, they’re a little more ‘rubbery’ and have crispy edges. Somehow I’ve never grown to like the American pancakes, so if the family asks for pancakes, this is what they get))
If you’re one of those people that makes pancakes only out of the bag, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to make them.
So back to the story with my sister, she called and asked for the recipe, I gave her the list of ingredients and then said that she needs to add enough flour to make the batter thick like a ‘thick sour cream”.
Back in Russia, for years people did not have actual measuring cups. They would say 1 cup, but mean a drinking glass and because those varied in size, the amount of flour you add to the batter was always different, so they would describe the consistency in terms like “thick sour cream” or “thin sour cream”.
This in part was because the sour cream was not an item you would buy at the store, but the market instead.
Market sour cream was always home made and real, home made sour cream was of pancake batter consistency, that is if it had good percentage of fat in it; but if it had a small percentage of fat, it was very runny and thin, and this is what it meant when they said “thin sour cream consistency”.
My sister got the consistency just right, because these came out perfect! I decided to write down the recipe, so that next time she or I want pancakes, we do not need to eyeball it, but can follow the recipe and get consistent results every time. So here it is!
Russian Pancakes – Оладьи/Блинчики
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- 3 1/3 - 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour*
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tblsp vinegar
Fresh raspberry syrup/jam
- 1 cup fresh raspberry
- 1 cup sugar
- Oil for the pan
Whisk eggs and sugar together, add buttermilk and flour and mix using a whisk or a mixer until smooth.
In a cup mix baking soda and vinegar. Add to the batter and whisk until smooth.
On medium low heat, using a non-stick pan, bake the pancakes using 1-2 tablespoons of oil for every 'round' of pancakes. Using a ladle or a large spoon, pour batter into small rounds. Turn pancakes when bubbles start breaking on the top.
To make fresh raspberry syrup/jam
Using a whisk or a mixer mix the raspberry and sugar together until the desired "chunkiness" of the raspberry.
Serve right away with sour cream mixed with some sugar (to taste) and/or jam of choice.
*Using lesser amount of flour the pancakes come out thinner and more "rubber". Using more flour they will be more fluffy and more "americanlike".
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