Russian Maslenitsa Started Today

Throughout their life, so calm, so peaceful, 

sweet old tradition was preserved:
for them, in Butterweek the greaseful,
Russian pancakes were always served

These words are from poem Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin (tr.Ch.Johnston), the most famous Russian poet. Pushkin is our everything, they say. He is just under our skin.

Butterweek here means Maslenitsa – Russian almost-spring carnival, like Mardi Gras. The week before Lent. The name of the festival has its roots in the word “maslo” – butter. But most popular food is blini – round shaped (like Sun!) thin pancakes or crepes. I love to make it, and always try to find something new. Here they are.

1Gluten, dairy and nuts free crepes 2Beer Batter Crepes – Blinchiki na Pive 3Russian Crepes on Sparkling Water–Blinchiki na Gazirovannoy Vode

4Honey Crepes with Mango for One 5Crepe Cake with Apple Cream Filling and Meringue Top 6Stuffed Crepe Triangles – Benderiki

7 Tomato or V8 Crepes 8Baked Crepe Casserole with Cabbage and Mushrooms Fillings 9Chicken and Spinach Crepes

10Basic Crêpes11Dutch Coffee Bacon Pancakes   Polderkoek or Pannenkoek12Crêpe with egg and ham

13Basic Crêpes 14Basic Crêpes 15Basic Crêpes

16Basic Crêpes 17Basic Crêpes 18Basic Crêpes

1. Gluten, dairy and nuts free crepes  2. Beer Batter Crepes – Blinchiki na Pive 3. Russian Crepes on Sparkling Water–Blinchiki na Gazirovannoy Vode  4. Honey Crepes with Mango for One  5. Crepe Cake with Apple-Cream Filling and Meringue Top  6. Stuffed Crepe Triangles – Benderiki  7. Tomato or V8 Crepes 8. Baked Crepe Casserole with Cabbage and Mushrooms Fillings  9. Chicken and Spinach Crepes 10. Basic Crêpes with smoked salmon  11. Dutch Coffee Bacon Pancakes – Polderkoek or Pannenkoek 12. Crêpe with egg and ham 13.Oat Flour Crepes with Pineapple Jam and Ricotta Filling 14.Cheesecake Crepe Cake with Cherry Sauce 15.Apple Crepe Cake with Meringue and Caramel Top 16.Baked Crepes with Spinach and Ricotta Filling 17.Apple Crepe Loaf Cake 18.Russian Beets (Pink) Thin Pancakes or Svekolnie Blinchiki

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5 Responses to “Russian Maslenitsa Started Today”

  1. […] I stuck on something… edible. Like breakfast sandwiches (coming soon), or borscht variations, or Maslenitsa blini, or – now – pancake mixes.  I made oatmeal mix, buckwheat mix, bran mix, and much […]

  2. […] Maslenitsa week in Russia – blini and blinchiki, butter and cheese and all winter fun. Every year I’m looking for new recipes and every year […]

  3. Natasha says:

    Подборка выглядит просто замечательно.
    Пока не умею печь блинчики. Планирую научиться.

  4. […] 2 cups stewed apples or pears, mine was with maple sugar 12 mini or 6 large crepes […]

  5. Olga says:

    Спасибо! Блинчикам нужна практика 🙂 Небольшая сковородка тоже может помочь – легче переворачивать.

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