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Oladushki - Russian Pancakes

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These palm-sized pancakes are technically a breakfast food, but, really, they can be eaten at any time of day. Russians most often eat them as a dessert and wash them down with tea. 

The beauty of this particular recipe lies in how adaptable it is. Use flavored yogurt for a sweeter oladushka (pancake), or cut the sugar completely and throw some sauteed onions into the batter for a savory dish. Either way, they'll fly off the plate. Go ahead and double the recipe. I promise, they won't survive the day. But if they do, they'll keep in an airtight container for a few days.
 
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Step 1: Assemble ingredients

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250 mL (about 1 cup) yogurt, plain or flavored

1 egg

up to 2 tblspn sugar (depending on what type of yogurt you're using and how sweet you want your oladushki to be)

1 cup all-purpose flour 
           Variations I've tried: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat.
                                         1/2 cup all-purpose, 1/4 cup whole wheat, 1/4 cup buckwheat.

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

Step 2: Make the batter

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Combine the egg and yogurt, mixing until pale yellow. If using, add in sugar. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and baking powder, and then add to the egg and yogurt. Mix just until everything is combined and no lumps remain. The batter should have a thick, pudding-like consistency.

Step 3: Let it sit

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Leave the batter in a warm place for 15-20 minutes. It won't rise, exactly, but it will expand.

Step 4: Cook!

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Set a frying pan over medium heat. Pour a drop of your favorite cooking oil, then spoon the batter directly on top of that (so if you're making 5 pancakes, you'll pour 5 drops of oil). Cook on the first side until bubbles form, then flip and cook for a few more minutes. It's important that the heat not be set too high, because then the outside of the pancake will brown while the inside remains uncooked. Serve with jam or sour cream as a topping.
000170951 year ago
Made it, it was delicious
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Povariha (author)  000170951 year ago

The look awesome :)

lyoung311 year ago
Can they be made with Greek yogurt?
Povariha (author)  lyoung311 year ago

I haven't tried it, but most likely yes. The consistency of the batter might end up different, though, since Greek yogurt tends to be thicker than European-style. Probably the only difference is that Greek yogurt will require a little more stirring.

If you try it, let me know how it turns out!

jmwells1 year ago
I've had a variation of these. Topped with plain yogurt, dill, and lox. Decadent!
Povariha (author)  jmwells1 year ago

I always eat them with sour cream. I'll have to try them your way.

Sour cream, plain yogurt... Tastes the same to me. I like the probiotic nature of yogurt.
billbillt1 year ago

great

Povariha (author)  billbillt1 year ago

Thanks!

Costarus1 year ago

The most delicious - with a thin slice of salted salmon. The major drawback - they are always a little... :))

Povariha (author)  Costarus1 year ago

Yes, there's never enough! I always double the recipe when I make it for my family, and they still disappear almost as soon as I get them out. :)

wazzup1051 year ago

Ha, I always thought they were called blini. (but apparently there's a difference: http://russiapedia.rt.com/of-russian-origin/oladushki/ )

Povariha (author)  wazzup1051 year ago

Thanks for the link! I'll have to try the zucchini oladushki.

Yeah, it can be a bit confusing. According to my mom's Soviet-era Russian cookbook, there are blini, blinchiki, and oladushki. The blinchiki are essentially crepes, and the blini are somewhere between blinchiki and oladushki. Oh, and there's a version of oladushki made with a yeast dough.