Smoked salmon and caviar blinis

These irresistible little pancakes from Ed Baines are a luxurious treat served with smoked salmon, caviar and crème fraiche
By Ed Baines
Smoked salmon and caviar blinis
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes plus 10 mins resting time
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

main

  • 250 g smoked salmon, finely sliced
  • 250 g crème fraîche
  • 25 g caviar
  • 1 bunch fresh chives, finely chopped
  • black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon, sliced into wedges
  • freshly ground black pepper, to serve

For blinis:

  • 300 ml milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • 50 g plain flour, sifted
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil

Method

1. For the blinis: Gently heat the milk with the bay leaf in a saucepan. Add the dried yeast to a large mixing bowl. Add the sifted flour to the yeast.

2. Slowly whisk the warm milk into the yeast mixture, discarding the bay leaf, making a smooth thick batter. Mix in the sugar.

3. Whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Using a metal spoon, gently fold the beaten egg white into the dough. Leave the batter to rest for at least 10 minutes.

4. Heat a heavy non-stick frying pan. Lightly coat with oil. Drop tablespoons of the blini batter into the pan, spacing well apart. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the blinis. Turn the blinis over gently using a palette knife or spatula and cook on the other side for a further 2 minutes.

5. Transfer the cooked blinis to a large flat serving plate. Repeat the process until all the batter has been used to make blinis.

6. For the topping: Bring the smoked salmon to room temperature, which brings out its flavour. Cut the smoked salmon into squares roughly the size of the blinis. Mix together the crème fraiche, chopped chives, olive oil and a pinch of salt.

7. Using a teaspoon place a small dollop of crème fraiche onto each blini. Top with a piece of smoked salmon and follow with another dollop of crème fraiche.

8. When all the blinis have been topped in this way use the handle of a teaspoon to add a small amount of caviar to the top of each blini.

9. Serve the blinis with lemon wedges and black pepper.

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