Roast beef blinis

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Roast beef blinis

Starter Serves 4 25 min
A slice of rare beef on a warm blini with a dab of apple and horseradish sauce takes a lot of beating.


  • 150g strong white flour
  • 150g buckwheat flour
  • ½ tsp each salt and sugar
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • 120ml each milk, water and natural yoghurt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 50g butter, plus more for frying
  • rare-cooked roast beef slices


Prep time: 10 min
Cooking time: 15 min
  • Step 1

    Mix the flours, salt, sugar and yeast in a large bowl and leave in a warm place.
  • Step 2

    Mix the liquids together in a saucepan, add the butter and heat until the butter melts. Allow to cool to about 40°C.
  • Step 3

    Beat the egg yolks into the liquid and pour into the flour. Give it a good stir, cover and leave in a warm place for a couple of hours – or in the fridge overnight.
  • Step 4

    Whisk the egg whites. You want them reasonably stiff but you need to be able to fold them into the batter without knocking all the air out.
  • Step 5

    Brush a heavy frying plan with a mixture of oil and butter and start frying your blinis, about two tablespoons at a time. As with drop scones, turn when the top of the blini starts bubbling. Keep them warm in the oven until they are all cooked. Add a dollop of apple and horseradish sauce and sliced beef to serve.

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