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Fluffy Russian Pancakes “Oladyi”

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Serves 9-10 pancakes | Prep Time 20-30 | Cook Time 20-30

Why I Love This Recipe

This is a dish that's a must-have for any book on Russian cuisine. Russia has a rich tradition of pancakes, which goes back to Butterweek (Maslenitsa), the pagan celebration of upcoming spring. This was a week in February when, among other traditional celebrations, flat and round pancakes were eaten on a massive scale. The pancakes looked somewhat like the sun, hence the spring connection. The traditional pancakes eaten during Butterweek are called “bliny”. These are paper-thin and as wide as a dinner plate, and are practically indistinguishable from French crepes. Then, there are the thicker and smaller pancakes called “oladyi”. Unlike the plate-wide and paper-thin bliny, oladyi are about 2-3 inches wide and 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch thick. These are somewhat easier to make than bliny and they are more unique to Russian cuisine, which is why they were chosen for this book.

Ingredients You'll Need

2 eggs
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cups unsalted butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon baking powder
Vegetable oil, enough to coat the pan

(If buttermilk is not available, you can create a substitute by mixing 1 tablespoon of white or cider vinegar with a cup of milk. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes.)


• Add the vinegar to milk, stir and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

• Mix eggs and sugar in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved.

• Melt the butter by heating in a microwave for 30 seconds and add to the eggs.

• Add the buttermilk, flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix thoroughly until the mixture has a uniform consistency.

• Heat a thin layer of vegetable oil or butter on a frying pan.

• Scoop 2 tablespoons of batter and pour onto the frying pan all at once. (If you don't have a measuring cup with a 2-tablespoon capacity, just measure out two tablespoons into a large ladle or cup.)

• Wait for about 1-2 minutes for the underside to turn golden brown. (This happens when you start seeing the edges turn slightly brown).

• Flip and wait another minute.

• (Several oladyi can be fried side-by-side, as long as their edges don't touch.)

• Place the finished oladyi onto a serving plate and serve right away.

• Oladyi are usually served with sour cream and/or fruit jam

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