Lithuanian pancakes, also known as blynai (BLEE-nigh) and sklindziai, is a popular treat for Shrove Tuesday (Uzgavenes) along with spurgos. This recipe is made with white wheat flour and beaten egg whites, which makes a very light pancake. They are silver-dollar size and usually accompanied by honey or fruit preserves. For apple blynai, add a peeled and grated tart apple to the batter. Compare this recipe with Russian blini.
Here is a larger photo of Lithuanian pancakes or blynai.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- 4 large eggs (separated)
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks until light. Add flour, sour cream, milk, and salt and mix until smooth. In a separate medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold the egg whites into the yolk-flour mixture, trying not to deflate the volume.
- Add a small amount of butter to a nonstick skillet and portion onto it generous tablespoons of batter. Fry until golden, flip and fry until the other side is golden. Serve hot with honey or preserves.
NOTE: For apple pancakes, add a peeled and grated tart apple to the batter.