The typical Russian dinner table will often be filled with Russian recipes derived from fish, poultry, game, mushrooms, berries, honey, bread, pancakes, cereals, beer and of course, vodka. The rise of the middle class, however, has innovated and revolutionized the palates of everyone in the country, regardless of whether you live in the heart of the city, or in the rural area. Here’s a sampling of two of the most enticing and most popular recipes today, potato blinis and kulich.
To create potato blinis, you will need the following ingredients – 60 g sifted self-raising flour, 200 ml milk, three eggs, pinch of nutmeg, two egg whites, smoked salmon and creme Fraiche to serve. To prepare the dish, place the potatoes through a rice, and mash them, and place in a mixing bowl after. Next, mix the flour, beat the three eggs together in a bowl and combine them with the potato mixture. Add the milk and the nutmeg pinch, and in a mixing bowl whisk the egg whites, until they get frothy. Fold a third of the whisked egg white into the potato mix, and heat a lightly-oiled blini pan. Next, drop a spoonful of potato batter into the pan, and fry it down until it turns golden brown. Remove the potato blinis from the pan, keep warm, and serve this tasty and easy Russian recipe topped with smoked salmon and creme Fraiche.
To create the kulich, or “kulig”, you will require the following ingredients – 10 g salt, 90 g sugar, 90 g fresh yeast, 500 g plain flour, dashes of vanilla essence, grated zest of two oranges and two lemons, two eggs, milk to mix, 90 g blanched flaked almonds, and 90 g sultanas. For the lemon icing, you will need grated lemon, water to mix and icing sugar.
To cook the kulich, empty flour, salt, sugar, vanilla, butter, yeast, orange zest, eggs, flaked almonds, and sultanas in a mixing bowl. Just make sure to keep the salt and yeast in separate sides or corners, and blend the ingredients thoroughly with a little milk.
Slowly add more milk, and continue mixing until it becomes soft and smooth. Then knead the mixture on a flour-dusted surface and create smooth, pliable dough. Return the dough into the bowl and leave it for an hour.
Next, line three small flowerpots, or a deep cake tin, and divide the dough into three, and shape each part so it will fit the flowerpot. Set this aside for at least an hour.