As far as toppings go, there’s practically no limit to what you can do with these artisanal blinis. A dab of jam and a smear of butter are all you need. Top it with some smoked salmon and some crème fraiche. Brie cheese and cranberry sauce go well together, as do Nutella and banana slices for something sweeter. And of course, blinis are best served with caviar in the classic Russian fashion.
It is said that a traveller overheated his oats for breakfast in a skillet and made the first pancake, according to Russian folklore. In the Slavic celebrations of Maslenitsa (a day to honor the sun), these circular capes that came to be known as “blinis” were integrated.
As more contemporary customs have taken hold, blinis have emerged as a focal point of the holiday known as “butter week,” which heralds the arrival of fresh beginnings at the tail end of the winter season. You may, of course, enjoy them at any time of year.
Reheat for 5 to 10 minutes at 200°C, or until they are at the required temperature. They may also be warmed in the microwave for 2 minutes on high power.