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Cheats Salmon Blinis

  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Yield: 12-20


If you want to make the batter ahead of time and cook the blinis right before serving, simply omit the baking powder, and mix this in right before you cook them. You can also fry up the blinis on Christmas morning, and reheat them in a low oven or microwave until warm.



Cheats Blinis

  • 1/3 cup cake flour
  • 1/3 cup buckwheat flour (or sub for more cake flour)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp chopped chives
  • vegetable oil (for frying pan)


  • 100g smoked salmon, smoked trout
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • 1 Tbsp chives
  • herbs for garnishing (optional), thinly sliced chives like fennel, micro herbs, or baby leaves
  • salt to taste


  1. Make the cheats blinis by adding the dry ingredients to a bowl. Make a well in the centre then add the egg, buttermilk, and melted butter, and stir the batter until just combined. Mix in the chives.
  2. Before cooking prepare your remaining ingredients. Cut your salmon into thin ribbons about 6cm long, and wrap these around your finger to form small salmon roses.
  3. Mix the creme fraiche and chives together, and season to taste with salt and pepper. This mixture can be spooned onto the blinis, or popped into a piping bag, fitted with a round nozzle, and piped onto the blinis.
  4. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Add just enough oil to the pan to thinly coat the base. Add the batter to the pan a little at a time, to form 5cm mini pancake disks.
  6. Once they start to bubble slightly on the surface, and are golden brown underneath, flip them over and cook them on the other side. Continue cooking until all the batter has been used up.
  7. Once the blinis are cooked, place the salmon roses on them, add some of your creme fraiche mix, a little red onion pickle and garnish with fresh herbs. Serve immediately, with a nice glass of bubbly.


Chefs Tip: For ease when cooking the blinis, pour your batter into a jug or squeezy condiment bottle.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Method: Fry
  • Cuisine: Russian


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 108.93kcal
  • Sugar: 2.27g
  • Sodium: 381.02mg
  • Fat: 7.16g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.59g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.41g
  • Fiber: 0.45g
  • Protein: 3.66g
  • Cholesterol: 34.89mg

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