Maslenitsa is one of the oldest holidays in many countries. This time for Russians is quite different from Christmas and Easter as you get together with your family and friends for a meal. What is a meal -it is also a gathering where people communicate. According to traditions every days has its own theme:
Monday – Welcome of the holiday
On this day snow hills were put up in the settlement. People believed that the longer sleds went and the merrier people’s laughter was, the more plentiful crops will be and the longer flax will grow. To encourage plants to grow better, people had to swing on swings, the higher they went, the better.
Tuesday – Playing
Merrymaking activities and games took place on this day, and those who amused people were treated to blini.
Wednesday – the Sweet Tooth Day
Sling what’s in the oven straight onto the table! ”. Pancakes is the most important dish.
Thursday – Revelry
On this day, to help drive away the winter season, people rode on horseback in circles round the settlement. Men traditionally organised a mock war game, where they had to defend and seize snow fortresses.
“Taking a snow fortress” by Surikov
Friday – Mother-in-law’s eve
Mothers-in-law invited their sons-in-law and treated them to pancakes.
Saturday – Sister–in–law’s gathering
On this day people called on all their relatives, from one household to another.
Sunday – Forgiveness Day
On this day people asked their relatives and friends for forgiveness. The day culminated in dancing and singing, as people bid farewell.
Гори, гори ясно
Чтобы не погасло,
Глянь на небо,
Мы давно блинов не ели,
Мы блиночков захотели,
Ой, блины мои, блины,
Ой, блиночки мои.
Моя старшая сестрица,
Печь блины ты мастерица,
Напекла она поесть
Сотен пять, а может, шесть…
lap game for kids:
Наши кони горячи,
Блин летит к нам из печи.
Как у тетки блин протух,
У меня живот распух,
Они хранили в жизни мирной In peaceful life they protected
Привычки милой старины; Sweet olden-time traditions;
У них на масленице жирной With them on fatty Maslenitsa
Водились русские блины. Was always the Russian blin
А.С. Пушкин A.S. Pushkin
Our family is cooking pancakes every year during Maslenitsa week, but we do not follow lent and other food restrictions.
350ml of milk
10 tablespoons of flour
2 tablespoons fructose/stevia (what you peter)
a pinch of baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon of vanillin
1 tablespoon of olive oil/vegetable oil
1. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients first and then eggs.
2 . Add hot milk, whisk , add the butter, whisk again .
3 . Add oil to batter and little to a pan. Fry minute on one side and the other half a minute .
Tip number 1: Right before mixing, sift the flour. You will get rid of lumps and impurities it flour, and fill it with air .
Tip number 2: Eggs need to be at room temperature , and milk – slightly warm .
Tip number 3: First mix liquid ingredients – milk and whipped with sugar and salt egg. And only then gradually pour the sifted flour , mixing thoroughly each time the dough to avoid lumps .
Tip number 4: Before you bake pancakes , add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to your batter and mix well. This way pancakes will not stick to the pan.
Tip number 5: The batter should not be too thin or too thick . For its consistency perfect pancakes is similar to liquid sour cream . Allow the mixture to stand for 30 minutes.
Tip number 6: Cast iron pan is the best for cooking pancakes as it heats evenly and retains heat for a long time .
Tip number 7: Grease the pan with a little oil , otherwise the pancakes will turn out too greasy . In order to avoid using excess oil use a silicone cooking brush.
Tip number 8: How much to pour into the pan , depends on how thin and delicate pancakes you want to eat:). Pour a little batter in the center of pan and tilt it a few times from side to side , so that it is uniformly spread out over the entire surface .
Tip number 9: Bake pancakes on a very hot pan . The first pancake often get ” lumpy ” no worries, pan is warming up.
Tip number 10: To retain moisture in pancakes turn them over when they are slightly golden, no need to wait for dark shades.
Tip number 11: Use a thin wooden spatula : unlike metal , it does not tear thin pancakes.
Tip number 12: Do not leave your pancakes unattended:)! With each new pancake the pan will become hotter , and you will need less time for each pancake.