Our friend Annette had the misfortune to break her leg, so she has ended up in hospital till it is mended. Once a month a group of us have lunch including Annette, we normally choose a cheap and cheerful restaurant and try and find something different each month.
Seeing as Annette is laid up we decided to take lunch to her.
I made some little chicken sandwiches, very yummy but the piece de resistance was these beautiful light Blinis
I know normally Blinis are made with yeast, but here is a recipe, that just uses Baking Powder.
I think the secret is the amount of BP, plus the resting time in the fridge, before cooking. The mixture really starts to kick in. They are so light and delicious
I found it on The Australian Woman's Weekly website
1 cup (150g) plain flour
1 tablespoon caster sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
2⁄3 cup (180ml) milk
50g unsalted butter, melted
100 gms Cream Cheese
2-3 Pickled Gherkins finely chopped
Zest of a lemon
Sea salt and Black pepper
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.
Gradually whisk in combined milk and egg, then half the melted butter.
It's a living thing
Lightly brush the pan with a little remaining butter.
Drop two teaspoons (10ml) of blini mixture into pan.
Cook for a minute or until browned lightly underneath and bubbles appear on the surface.
I made my blinis a little bigger so they took longer than that to cook
See how fluffy and light they are
When they are cool
Top with Cream Cheese mix
and Some Smoked Salmon
If you don't have any smoked, just fionely chop a tomato and add to the cream cheese mix
Equally as good
So after I wrote this blog, decided I needed a cure for Cabin Fever
Popped into my local with my Kindle and had a nice chilled Glass of wine