Poor Man’s Blini

A blini is probably the most expensive pancake you can order at a fancy breakfast brunch in some swanky hotel in New York.  A blini is Russian for “pancake.”  Blinis have evolved to be something more than that in modern times.  Now a days, a blini is served with caviar,

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smoked salmon,

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or a poached egg

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and a hearty dollop of creme fraiche.  Sounds fancy huh? Essentially, a blini is just a savory pancake.  Many serve blinis with champagne on New Year’s.

I decided to make my own “Poor Man’s Blini” with a fried egg and bacon.  Instead of the Russian Blinis, which are extremely dense and have no leavening agent, I used my own recipe for pancakes and made them into silver dollars.

My go-to pancake recipe is one from All Recipes.  It always gives the fluffiest, softest, most savory pancakes ever.  The pancakes aren’t rubbery, just pure soft clouds.  The ingredients are simple, things you already have at home.

I wanted texture a top my pancakes, so I opted for a fried egg instead.  If you would like more yolk for a great sauce addition for your pancakes, feel free to use a poached egg instead.  I layered 3 silver dollars with bacon in the middle an a fried egg on top.  For a final touch, strawberries and pure Canadian Maple Syrup completed this simple yet hearty breakfast dish!

Serve this on a bright and sunny Saturday and Sunday morning for a wonderful way to start your day.  You’ll love this dish for it’s simplicity and deliciousness, of course.


Makes enough for 4 servings

Silver Dollars

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

For Fried Eggs

  • 4 eggs


  • 12 strips of bacon


1.  In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar.

2.  Make a well in the center of the bowl, and add egg, milk, and butter.  Stir to mix all the ingredients.

3.  Lightly oil a skillet or a frying pan.  Make sure that the pan is hot before you pour any batter!  A great way to test this is to add a tiny drop of batter to the center of the pan.  If it sings or sizzles, your pan is ready!  Pour or scoop the batter onto the center of the griddle.  Flip the pancakes after you see bubbles start to surface to the top to ensure fluffiness. You want to the baking powder to start working and rise your pancakes!  Remember to make your pancakes silver dollar sized! (Mini!)

4.  Fry your bacon and eggs the way you like them.

5..  First, layer 1 pancake.  Next, add another strip of bacon.  Alternate this until you’ve reached 3 pancakes with 2 pieces of bacon stuffed between.

5.  Top off your pancake stack with a freshly fried egg,

Optional:  Drizzle with some pure Maple Syrup!


I always love stacked breakfast recipes, from this to a Potato Eggs Benedict recipe that I will be posting next week!  I’m hoping that in addition to my usual baking recipes, I’ll be adding heartwarming breakfast items as well.

Happy Breakfast making, and good luck!

-Kristie xx


3 thoughts on “Poor Man’s Blini”

  1. This is perfect!! I’ve been looking for a good breakfast (preferably pancake) food to try out. I’ve never heard of blini before, but now I have all the more reason to try it 🙂

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