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Russian Shrove Sunday Pancakes – Масленичные блины

Celebrations of Maslenitsa-Shrovetide-in the older days were always accompanied by public gatherings and culinary delights. Not all Shrove week traditions survived until these days. But one of the most well known and, undoubtedly, the most delicious one lives on and is stronger than ever.

You must have guessed by now that we are talking about pancakes. We’re really big on pancakes-sweet and savoury, big and tiny, pancakes made with milk or buttermilk, water or kefir, yeast or soda – you name them, we make them!

Over Shrove week pancakes were the main dish on the festive table. To make sure her family and guests don’t get bored of them, every housewife tried to surprise them not only with an original recipe and filling, but also with a great variety, making different pancakes for every day of the week.

So it is no wonder that so many old traditional recipes have survived until our days.

We are offering you a tried and time tested recipe based on a very Russian (and much loved!) ingredient-kefir and a very Russian (and much coveted) filling -caviar.

Kefir pancakes with salmon/trout/beluga caviar filling


  • Kefir – 1.5 cups
  • Milk – 0.5 cup
  • White plain flour -2 cups
  • Sugar – 3 tbsp
  • Eggs – 2
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Soda – 1 tsp
  • Sunflower oil – 3tbsp
  • Caviar – as much as you fancy


  1. Sift flour with soda. Whisk eggs with sugar, add kefir and salt. Add the flour to the mixture and stir well.
  2. Add milk and oil and mix. Cover the batter with a towel and leave aside for about half an hour.
  3. If the batter is very thick, add milk or water until it has the consistency of double cream or yogurt.
  4. Fry the pancakes until golden on a really hot pan.
  5. Spread a little butter on each pancake while it’s still not.
  6. Add caviar and fold any way you like
  7. Decorate with a bit of sour cream and dill

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