Perfect Cocktail Bites

Aren’t they gorgeous?

These little pancakes originated in Russia. They are traditionally made by mixing buckwheat and plain flour together. Also traditionally served next to caviar or salmon and creme fraiche. Being so airy, light and fluffy as well as being very mild in flavour, these blinis lend themselves to a variety of toppings allowing you to create numerous delicious canapes. They also look very elegant when lined on trays or platters and passed around in cocktail receptions.

These blinis are super easy to make, and so there is no excuse why you should not try! Get creative with the toppings and also with the garnishing and don’t limit yourself to savoury options. These blinis can just as well be topped with sweet options for dessert. Think whipped cream and strawberries, jam and fruit, dried fruits with creme patissiere, chocolate ganache and cherries…etc. Once you get in the mood, there really is no stopping you.

I have also included for you a video with a few healthy toppings for these blinis, and have also included for you some relative links for amazing canapes and cocktail bites at the end of this recipe. I believe with this selection you will be able to throw a very impressive and delicious cocktail reception.

Happy occasions 🙂



120g organic all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

30g butter, melted

1 large egg

3/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk

Melt the butter without overheating and set aside.

In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks and add the buttermilk and whisk until combined.

In a small bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks.

In a large bowl sift together the flour and baking powder. Add the egg and buttermilk mixture and mix together well. Then add the melted butter and mix all well to incorporate. Fold in the egg whites.

Heat a nonstick skillet and cook the blinis as you would a pancake. Using a measuring spoon make each blini of 2 tsps.

Once the bottom is browned and the top bubbly, turn and brown the top.

Spread on a wire rack and cool completely before use.


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