I have so many memories of waking up to the smell of browning butter and blenukas. My Nana lives on a beautiful ranch in Southern California. Whenever we visit, she makes these for us. We awake to the scent of freshly squeeze orange juice from oranges and tangerines that she picked straight from her garden, strong coffee brewing away, and when we emerge there is always a bowl of sparkling berries and blenukas on the table. My mother also made these for all my friends when I was younger and we had sleep overs. No one could pronounce them, but everyone loved them.
Blenukas (pronounced bleh-nuh-kas)
Time: 10 minutes
1/2 Tbs melted butter
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of flour
Dash of salt
More butter for the pan
1. Whisk eggs til well beaten, next add in melted butter and milk, and whisk until well incorporated
2. Next add the flour and salt, and whisk until well incorporated
3. Melt a little bit of butter in an extra large fry pan over medium heat, pour enough batter into the pan to cover the bottom, ensuring to tilt the pan to cover all sides. Cook 2-4 minutes, until the bottom of the blenuka starts to brown then flip and cook an additional minute or so
Serve these however you’d like. Sweet. Savory. You could even make a Blenuka Bar, and put a bunch of toppings out for your kids to make their own creation! The sky is the limit.
I was first introduced to these as a child, by our Lithuanian Grandma & mother. We would spread them with homemade jam & roll them, before cutting into bite size pieces. This recipe has been passed down, with my granddaughter making them now!! It’s certainly a favorite!
Beautiful tribute Alyssa!