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Blini Pancakes

Makes 40-45 small blinis

These small traditional drop scones made with Buckwheat Flour are often served as canapés with sour cream and other toppings. Larger blinis are also delicious served with fruit purée or chocolate sauce.  These small blinis can be frozen if not required immediately.

Free from Soya, Nuts
Vegetarian, Without crystal sugar


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  1. Put the flour, baking powder and salt if used into a bowl, stir to combine and sieve into a mixing bowl or jug.
  2. Add the egg and half the milk and beat into a smooth paste.
  3. Beat in the remaining milk.
  4. Put a little oil into a large frying pan, roll it around to cover the surface and heat until the pan is nice and hot.
  5. Drop teaspoons of batter onto the pan to make small blinis.
  6. When bubbles appear on the surface of the blinis and the base is golden, turn them over and cook the other side. Transfer cooked blinis to a cooling rack.
  7. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  8. Wrap and store cold blinis in the fridge or freeze for another day.


large frying pan and 2 x mixing bowls

Cooking time

15 minutes
Incredibly easy, work every time and freeze really well! We now keep a constant supply in the freezer for easy entertaining. I usually pop them straight from the freezer into a warm oven for a few mins. Also nice instead of GF toast with a salmon & egg brunch.
By Sarah C
25 Dec 2021
Very easy to make and taste good. However, I didn't manage to make them into neat circles, despite being a very experienced at making pankakes. Each tiny pancake was unique shape. I'll freeze them for Christmas!
By Eve
20 Dec 2021
Lovely and light. I had tried making buckwheat pancakes before with a different brand flour and they did not taste good. I was then put off buckwheat thinking that was how it tasted. I decided to try again with Doves Farm buckwheat as I have had success with other recipes using the spelt flour. A completely different experience with buckwheat this time. I used tablespoons of the mixture as the teaspoon-sized blinis were very tiny. Delicious and easy. Thank you!
By Dawny
31 Jan 2021
These came out brilliantly. Also added salt. Froze really well too.
By Claire
22 Feb 2020
These go down exceptionally well with my kids and husband! A big thumbs up from us!
By Symone
21 Apr 2018
Just made these using Dove Farm white bread flout and they came out perfectly, light and delicious.
By Mrs Burns
19 Dec 2017
Needs a pinch of salt but otherwise a lovely light lunch when topped
By Kath
05 Sep 2017
There is no gluten in buckwheat - it's a totally different family of plant, and is not even a grain.

Dear James, as you are aware buckwheat is naturally gluten free however with our Wholemeal Buckwheat Flour 1kg bag we are unable to guarantee that there isn’t any field cross contamination from other crops, hence this is milled and packed in a non-Gluten Free process line. Our Gluten Free Buckwheat in a 130g tube is milled and packed on a dedicated Gluten Free process line and is tested for gluten content before packing. All the best from Doves Farm

By Mr james mcdonnell
17 Nov 2014
since the gluten free buckwheat flour contains gluten is it possible to do these with the gluten free plain or self rasing flour ?
By Mr adam mccabe
06 Aug 2012
These work really well both as 'canape' style and larger breakfast style blinis - a real boon for the gluten intolerant. If you use a hand held mixer, and mix the eggs and batter well - you can even miss out the baking powder (I forgot to add it this morning!).
By Mrs Denise Veasey
07 Apr 2011

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