Oladi with Apples (Russian Buttermilk Pancakes)

Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes
These buttermilk pancakes are commonly referred to as "oladi" but we called them "blinchiki" growing up. They are loaded with diced apples. Yum!
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $3-$4
Servings: 35 pancakes


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 3 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples About 2 medium apples, peeled and cored
  • Oil for frying


  1. Whisk together the first 6 ingredients (buttermilk, water, eggs, salt, sugar and yeast).
  2. Add the flour one cup at a time until it is the texture of cake batter. There should not be lumps of flour.
  3. Mix in the finely chopped apples.
  4. You have to put the batter in a warm place to rise. Pour the batter in an oven proof bowl and cover it with a kitchen towel. Let it sit in a warm oven for 1 hour. It will about double in volume.
  5. In a large skillet, heat 3-4 Tbsp of oil over medium-low, medium heat.
  6. Place heaping Tbsp of dough onto the skillet and saute until golden brown, then turn over. You can get better shaped pancakes if you use a wet tablespoon to put the dough in the skillet and scrape it off with a teaspoon.
  7. Continue to oil your skillet in between each batch. They turn out nicer on a well-oiled skillet.