• Banana Blinis A La Tina

    March 11, 2009

    What a breakfast!!! I found this recipe in Self magazine (March 2009) the other day. (Supposedly, it’s Anna Kournikova’s recipe.) The original recipe made 18 blinis, which was WAY too many for me, so I halved the recipe and made some minor changes to it. 

    So, what are these blinis? Honestly, I had no idea, but they looked delicious to me! From Wikipedia:

    A blintz, blintze or blin (plural is ‘Blinis’ Russian) is a thin pancake. It is somewhat similar to a crêpe with main difference being the fact that yeast is always used in blini, but not used in crêpes.

    I topped my blinis with banana slices and maple syrup. They were SO GOOD! The blinis were soft and sort of chewy like a crepe, but thicker like a pancake. Holy yum! 

    Banana Blinis A La Tina 

    Makes 8-9


    1 egg
    1 cup milk
    1 tsp sugar
    Dash of salt
    1/2 tsp white vinegar
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tbsp butter (for pan) 
    1 banana
    Maple syrup  


    • Mix egg, milk, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add vinegar, flour, and baking soda. Mix well. 
    • Melt butter (I used Olivio) in medium skillet over low to medium heat.
    • Pour a thin layer of batter into the skillet.
    • Fry until golden. 
    • Flip and repeat. 
    • Top with sliced banana and maple syrup.

    Banana blinis with half of a glass of iced coffee– I drank the other half while cooking blinis! 😉

    The lighting in my apartment stinks! It’s not doing this amazing breakfast justice! I swear they were very scrumptious! :mrgreen:

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    Victoria March 11, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I always find those “celebrity recipes” kind of funny. Those blinis look so delicious!


    brandi March 11, 2009 at 11:09 am

    those look so good!

    I really wish I was home making blinis 🙂


    FoodsThatFit March 11, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Those look delicious! I have lighting issues in my apt. too. I am always amazed at the beautiful pics that other bloggers have, but I can’t seem to figure out how to do it! Even with the lighting, the blinis still look amazing!


    VeggieGirl March 11, 2009 at 11:24 am

    AMAAAAZING breakfast!! Love SELF magazine recipes 🙂


    Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday March 11, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Gorgeous breakfast!!!


    Danielle March 11, 2009 at 11:36 am

    That looks so good! Very fancy for your day off!
    I have some bananas to use up so I want to have these soon!


    Sarah March 11, 2009 at 11:48 am

    They look scrumptious! It’s cold & rainy here today and it would be a perfect morning for some hot blinis.


    Olga March 11, 2009 at 11:49 am

    my grandmother makes ROCKIN blinis. i’ll try to make her make some over next week when I’m home to demonstrate the authentic Russian way 😉

    those look great!


    zestycook March 11, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I am loving this recipe Tina! So happy for you to have a day off! Get back in the groove.



    Kara March 11, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Ha they still look amazing even with your lighting. And if you want to talk about bad lighting, I definitely can sympathize!


    Rose March 11, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Looks delicious. Thanks for posting the recipe.


    Dulcie March 11, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Those look scrumptious!! I most definitely need to try that recipe! 🙂

    Have a wonderful day!


    skinnyrunner March 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    that looks so delicious!


    Dori March 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I never heard of blinis and yours look AMAZING! I feel like I need them right now or I won’t be happy!


    Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 11, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    WOW those look amazing!!!


    K March 11, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    That breakfast looks really good 🙂 Have a great day!


    Annie March 11, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Holy crap those look to die for!! I have all of the ingrd on hand and I’m going to make them tomorrow. Thanks for the idea. 🙂


    Becca A March 11, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Looks like a great start to the middle of the week!


    Mel March 11, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    looks so good! banana pancakes and maple are my fav, especially banana buckwheat pancakes with a little whipped cream and maple syrupt = amazing!


    Megan March 11, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    oh my goodness, talk about the perfect breakfast!


    One Healthy Apple March 11, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I’m not sure if it’s Anna’s recipe but growing up in a Russian household, these are pretty darn accurate. We never had them with bananas- but they were smothered in sour cream and sprinkled with sugar!


    katecooks March 11, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    wow these look great!! definitely testing out this weekend 🙂


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    angelcubbie March 11, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    Hey Tina, can you freeze the extra you think? Or do you know how to modify the recipe to serve one?


    Tina March 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    @angelcubbie: Maybe? I’m not sure to tell you the truth. If you try it, please let me know how they hold up! 🙂


    emily March 11, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    I tore that recipe out too!


    Ellie March 11, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    FYI–I don’t want to sound like a know it all or anything but “blini” is actually the plural form in Russian! One is a “blin.” But in English we usually say “blini” and “blinis.” I’m a Slavic major so this is interesting to me. Blinis or blini, this looks like a fabulous breakfast I’m going to try soon!


    Meg March 11, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Fun breakfast!


    HangryPants March 11, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    What you don’t think she cooks those or eats those? 😀 They look delicious!!!!

    Are you getting a garmin!?!?!?!!! I think I saw it on your “to do” list. I am v. jealous!


    Leah March 12, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I love making nice breakfasts on my days off!! Those look SO yummy!!!


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