Smoked Salmon Blinis

Your Christmas party wouldn't be complete without a selection of mouthwatering canapés and our easy blinis are the perfect bite-sized treats to delight your guests. These classic mini pancakes are so easy to make, and taste delicious topped with horseradish crème fraîche and slices of rich smoked salmon.

Servings: 8 people

Preparation

1. Make a wellMix 100g wholemeal strong bread flour, 70g plain white flour, 1 tsp fast action yeast and ¼ tsp salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour 1 lightly beaten medium egg and 250ml lukewarm milk. 

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2. Whisk the batterWhisk the egg and milk together gradually drawing in the flour until all of it is incorporated and there is a smooth batter. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to stand for about 1 hour, after which it will have thickened slightly.

 SS Blinis step 2

3. Spoon it inHeat a large non-stick pan with a small amount of vegetable oil. Stir the batter and, using a teaspoon, drop about eight spoonfuls into the pan to make bite-sized pancakes. 

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4. CookCook for 1-2 minutes, until bubbles appear on the surface of the pancakes. Flip over and cook for another minute or until golden. Carefully transfer the blinis to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter. 

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5. Make the toppingMix 100g crème fraîche with 1 tbsp creamed horseradish, a squeeze of lemon juice and a little seasoning. Cut slices of smoked salmon into small pieces.

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6. Top the blinisTop each blini with a spoonful of the crème fraîche mixture and a piece of smoked salmon. Garnish with a small piece of fresh dill, a little lemon zest and black pepper, and finish with another squeeze of lemon juice.

SS Blinis step 6

Preparation

1. Make a wellMix 100g wholemeal strong bread flour, 70g plain white flour, 1 tsp fast action yeast and ¼ tsp salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour 1 lightly beaten medium egg and 250ml lukewarm milk. 

SS Blinis step 1

2. Whisk the batterWhisk the egg and milk together gradually drawing in the flour until all of it is incorporated and there is a smooth batter. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to stand for about 1 hour, after which it will have thickened slightly.

 SS Blinis step 2

3. Spoon it inHeat a large non-stick pan with a small amount of vegetable oil. Stir the batter and, using a teaspoon, drop about eight spoonfuls into the pan to make bite-sized pancakes. 

SS Blinis step 3

4. CookCook for 1-2 minutes, until bubbles appear on the surface of the pancakes. Flip over and cook for another minute or until golden. Carefully transfer the blinis to a plate and repeat with the remaining batter. 

SS Blinis step 4

5. Make the toppingMix 100g crème fraîche with 1 tbsp creamed horseradish, a squeeze of lemon juice and a little seasoning. Cut slices of smoked salmon into small pieces.

SS Blinis step 5

6. Top the blinisTop each blini with a spoonful of the crème fraîche mixture and a piece of smoked salmon. Garnish with a small piece of fresh dill, a little lemon zest and black pepper, and finish with another squeeze of lemon juice.

SS Blinis step 6