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.
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