Recipes for Maslenitsa

Recipes for Maslenitsa

What to Cook for Maslenitsa?

For Maslenitsa you can, of course, cook pancakes of various recipes and types. Pancakes for Maslenitsa can be cooked large and small, thin and thick, without filling and with filling, stuffed with meat, cottage cheese, jam, fish, eggs, mushrooms, vegetables, cheese, liver and many other products. For Maslenitsa you can cook various pancakes using regular and yeast dough, water, milk or kefir, wheat, buckwheat or corn flour, pumpkin and beet pancakes, as well as various types of pancakes. Pancakes for Maslenitsa are served with sour cream, various types of jam, and sauces made from various fruits and berries. There are a wide variety of pancake recipes for Maslenitsa, even chocolate and banana pancakes, as well as beer pancakes.

Pancakes with Cabbage

Pancakes with сabbage – Russian cuisine recipe, stewed cabbage wrapped in pancakes – a very good appetizer for the Maslenitsa table.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin pancakes – a Belarusian pancake recipe with pumpkin puree, pancakes are cooked using yeast.

Pancakes with Minced Herring

Pancakes with minced herring - a recipe for Russian cuisine, minced herring can be replaced with pink salmon, serve chilled pancakes with herring.

Maslenitsa and its History

Maslenitsa is an ancient Slavic holiday that was celebrated even before the advent of Orthodoxy, and continues to be celebrated to this day. Maslenitsa is celebrated during the week before Lent, which lasts until Easter. In the Orthodox calendar, Maslenitsa is designated as a cheese or meat-week. Although the arrival of Orthodoxy has somewhat changed Maslenitsa, the process of celebrating Maslenitsa is still a noisy and cheerful action associated with the wires of winter and the arrival of spring, the transition from winter holidays to spring cares.

Maslenitsa Festival

Maslenitsa festival is a noisy and funny winter farewell, with the obligatory burning of effigies, various mass fun and entertainment, folk festivals and much more. The main culinary symbol of Maslenitsa is, of course, pancakes and pancakes that are diverse in recipes and appearance. Pancakes for Maslenitsa have always been cooked – pancakes personified the symbol of the sun, in the days before the advent of Orthodoxy, pancakes were used in pagan rites to commemorate the dead, but with the adoption of Christianity, the tradition of cooking pancakes for Maslenitsa is not only preserved, but also developed.

Maslenitsa Celebration

Celebration of Maslenitsa according to church traditions lasts a week, and according to the old, still pagan – as many as two. At present Maslenitsa is customary to celebrate the week, and then Great Lent before Easter. Various events are held on different days of the celebration of Maslenitsa – for example, on Wednesday, the son-in-law goes “to mother-in-law for pancakes”, and on Friday the mother-in-law comes to the son-in-law, so to speak, on a return visit. There are many traditions of the celebration of Maslenitsa, which lasts all week and must end on Sunday with a ritual of seeing off Maslenitsa and burning its stuffed animal. Maslenitsa festival in one form or another, under various names and with different, but similar, traditions of seeing off winter, takes place in many countries of the world.