Caviar, Blinis, Krug

We celebrated our anniversary with a champagne and caviar tasting at home.

First up was making the blini batter:

Blini Batter

Blini Batter after rising for 2 hours 

Blini batter with egg whites added

Blini Batter with Egg White added

 

Krug Champagne

Krug Champagne

3 kinds of caviar

Golden Imperial caviar

paddlefish caviar

Hackleback caviar

 

Blini cooking

blini cooking 1

Blini cooking

 

Blini plated with Creme Fraiche

Blini plated with Caviar and Creme Fraiche

 

Toast point with caviar

 I also decided to serve the caviar with toast points, HB egg whites, HB egg yolks and minced onions.

Toast point

Toast point – half-eaten

 

 

RECIPE FOR BLINI BATTER

Martha Stewart’s Blinis

1 package of active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water

1 cup milk

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3 eggs separated

1/2 teaspoon salt

Pinch of sugar

6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

 

Additional clarified butter for cooking

 

Proof the yeast in warm water and a pinch of sugar for 15 minutes

Put the yeast mixture, milk, flour, egg yolks, salt and melted butter in a blender or food processor. Blend at high speed for 40 seconds. Turn the machine off, scrape down the sides of the container, then blend for another few seconds. Pour the batter into a bowl that is large enough to accomodate the rising. Cover loosely and set in a warm place to rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  Do not let the batter rise much longer or the blini will taste overfermented.

At cooking time, beat the egg whites until stiff.  Fold them into the batter.

Heat a heavy skillet or griddle. Brush with melted clarified butter. Drop batter by teaspooonfuls onto the hot griddle. Turn the blini when the first side is lightly browned and cook briefly on the second side.  I like to cook this to order at our bar.

 

The blini batter will hold overnight.

My husband’s breakfast.

John's breakfast

bacon

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6 Responses to “Caviar, Blinis, Krug”


  1. 1 Sybil July 29, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Congratulations to you both! You are a lovely couple.

  2. 2 lizziee July 29, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you so much.

  3. 3 Joel July 29, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Caviar, Krug and blinis at the Haskells. What could be better?

  4. 4 lizziee July 29, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Having Joel join us!

  5. 5 Brian August 13, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Great idea with the toast point having egg, will try that next time around as well. The ultimate gourmet treat is Beverly Hills Caviar’s White Truffle Blini topped with Asatrina Hackleback Caviar.

    Brian
    Beverly Hills Caviar

  6. 6 queenwilly March 30, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks for the recipe – photos are brilliant


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