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    Giant hot smoked salmon blinis with horseradish cream

    • Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus rising
    • Cooking time: 15 minutes
    • Total time: 45 minutes, plus rising

    Serves: 10 (makes about 20)


    100g buckwheat flour
    60g strong white bread flour
    1¼ tsp salt
    7g fast action dried yeast
    310g crème fraîche
    180ml milk
    2 eggs, separated
    2 tbsp creamed horseradish sauce
    ½ cucumber, halved lengthways
    3 tbsp white wine vinegar
    1 tbsp honey
    1-2 tsp unsalted butter
    3 x 150g packs kiln roasted salmon, flaked
    small handful dill fronds, to serve


    1. Sieve the flours and 1 tsp salt into a large bowl; stir in the yeast. Put 140g crème fraîche and the milk in a pan over a medium heat. Stir until warm but not hot, remove from the heat and whisk in the egg yolks until smooth. Add to the flour mixture and mix into a thick, wet batter. Cover with a clean tea towel; leave to rise in a warm spot for 1 hour, until bubbly.

    2. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks, then fold into the batter. Cover and leave to rise for 1 hour. Meanwhile, mix the remaining 170g crème fraîche with the horseradish; set aside. Thinly slice the cucumber, transfer to a bowl and mix with the vinegar, honey and the remaining ¼ tsp salt. Set aside.

    3. Put a large non-stick pan over a medium-high heat and add ½ tsp butter. Once the pan is very hot, dollop in 2 tbsp batter per blini, taking care not to overcrowd the pan. Fry for 1-2 minutes, until just set and golden on the base, then flip over and fry for another 30-40 seconds until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool and continue with the remaining batter, wiping the pan clean and adding more butter for each batch. To serve, dollop 2 tsp horseradish cream on each blini and top with some salmon, some cucumber and a little dill. Season and serve immediately. 

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food, November 2018 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue


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