These buckwheat blinis are easy to make at home for a luxurious hors d’oeuvre. The complex flavor and natural rise, combined with the additional of egg whites and butter, further elevates the classic pairing of Bond Caviar and Champagne.
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ Tbsp sugar
- ½ Tbsp active dry yeast
- 1 cup + 2 Tbsp lukewarm milk, warmed to 98°
- ½ cup buckwheat flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 large egg, separated
- 2 Tbsp heavy cream
- ¼ cup clarified butter, melted
- 1 Tbsp chives, chopped
- 1 Tbsp red onion, finely diced
- 2 Tbsp crème fraîche
- 1 oz Osetra Caviar
After resting, whisk together the yeast mixture and buckwheat mixture.
Whisk the egg white in a small bowl until soft peaks form, then transfer to the batter bowl. In the used egg white bowl, add heavy cream and whip until soft peaks form. Transfer to the batter bowl and gently fold in the egg whites and cream with the batter. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for one hour. You may allow the batter to rest longer (up to 24 hours), where the batter will develop more concentrated flavors and blinis will cook crisper.
Pour melted butter into a non-stick Swedish pancake pan (or small skillet) over medium-high heat. Drop ½ Tbsp of batter into the pan and spread to form the ideal size blini (2-inches is recommended). Cook until golden brown (about 10 seconds), then turn and cook until the other side is golden brown. Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel-lined plate to cool. Repeat through the remaining batter.
Top each blini with a dollop of crème fraiche, a small spoonful of caviar and additional garnishes as desired.