Friday, October 14, 2011

FFWD Buckwheat Blini with Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraich

Buckwheat Blini with Smoked Salmon

Here I am in Florida and it's French Friday. I haven't posted recently because of our travels but, today I am so glad to be back. What a gorgeous day it is here in Florida! As I went to bed last night I had everything set out and ready to mix up for my "Blini". 
Blini are small, yeast-leavened, buckwheat pancakes that originally come from Russia. Classically they are served with sour cream and caviar or smoked salmon. I got up this morning, at 5:30 a.m. and mixed up the batter. Since this batter had yeast added to it,  the batter needed to rest for 60 to 90 minutes. So my husband and I went for a lovely long walk along the beach. Walking the beach early in the morning is serene and I can't help but be thankful for all my blessings! After our walk, feeling very invigorated, we stopped by our favorite coffee shop for our morning treat! When we got back home I started the pan heating, stirred the eggs into the batter, dropped the mixture into the hot buttered pan and the result was a wonderfully light pancake. While I cooked the Blini, my husband set the table and sliced the salmon.  What a delicious ending to a beautiful morning. I felt as if I were sitting in a fancy restaurant having a lovely gourmet breakfast. We even had the view of the ocean...what could be better! This was another Dorie keeper! You can find this recipe at Epicurious where Dorie posted it!
This recipe can also be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook "Around My French Table". To see what other  Doristas have made you can check it out here.


The bubbly batter


Blini and Smoked Salmon...wonderful after a long walk on the beach 



So good....Yum!

19 comments:

  1. What a wonderful morning, Kathy! Your blini look delicious.

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  2. I love your morning with the walk and the blini breakfast. That sounds so perfect.

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  3. Sounds like the perfect morning, what better way to start the day! Happy to hear that you were able to make these on vacation, your blini look just perfect.

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  4. Well, it's nice to have you here on my "neck" of the woods, Kathy, although you are probably on the West Coast side like you were last time?

    What a coincidence, you made blinis, and I made pancakes, as a guest post!
    Love the healthy and delish blinis with the smoked salmon and the creme fraiche. You made Dorie proud, and so am I!
    Hugs,

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  5. Im jealous of your beach and morning!! :) Sounds great! This was a keeper for us too!

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  6. Oooh, I'm hungry for these all over again...yours look fabulous, Kathy! Enjoy your time in Florida~

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  7. Glad to have you back! Your blini look delicious!

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  8. Kathy, this sounds like the perfect morning and your blinis do look delicious;-)

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  9. There are few things more amazing than mornings at the ocean! And top off it off with a breakfast like that - it sounds like pure bliss.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  10. Walking along the beach sounds like heaven, Kathy. I am glad that you are having a wonderful vacation. Your blinis look like baby pancakes. So cute! I missed out on these this week, but will have to try making them sometime soon. Have a great weekend with that glorious weather there!

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  11. Oh my, such a wonderful way to enjoy these blini. Isn't it fun to share this "hobby" with family...those we cherish most...your morning will will be the memory that is triggered each time you make little pancakes or have this type of salmon. And...isn't it interesting how we keep these cooking experiences going even away from our home kitchens? When I visit my relatives I always take my ingredients, pans, special utensils, recipes, etc so that I can keep up and have the experiences. Continue to enjoy all your travels and glad you are back with us.

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  12. I love buckwheat flour! Those pancakes look super duper delicious with smoked salmon!

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  13. Sounds like a perfect morning. I hope you're having a great vacation! Didn't you just love how bubbly the batter got? I hope you have many more perfect mornings for the rest of your vacation (and when you get back too).

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  14. I love to try this blini, I am a fan of russian pancakes.Hope you are having a great time in Florida.

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  15. Your blini lok good. Hope you are having a great time in Florida.

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  16. Sometimes I see a recipe that I think isn't on my list to make and then I see someone else make it, and make it look so good that I think, "Hmmmm....moving this up the list as this does look good!" This is one of those times. Great photos and post is very inspiring!

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  17. Sounds like a perfect morning! Your blini look fantastic.

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  18. I'm happy to see that your blinis look so much like mine, with the crispy edges! It means that I'm normal and can actually cook...LOL. Love the morning beach walks, you're a lucky woman, Kathy!

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  19. What a lovely way to enjoy this recipe! I think your morning experience probably added to the flavour of the dish. They look beautiful, too.

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