I can’t believe the holidays are already here. After spending the weekend decorating for the festive season, I am ready to start baking and prepping Thanksgiving dinner. One of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions is making a simple brunch; I’m making Lemon Ricotta Pancakes for my family this year (I was very lucky and found Meyer Lemons at Trader Joe’s yesterday to make it extra fantastic…I triple the amount of lemon juice and zest!).
These are light and divine; I guarantee you will make these over and over.
Enjoy + Happy Thanksgiving!
A fresh cheese with a slightly sweet flavor, ricotta is produced from whey drained off while making other cheeses, such as mozzarella and provolone. It lends a delicate texture to these melt-in-your-mouth pancakes. Serve with raspberry sauce or fresh fruit.
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 cup milk
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 1/2 cups cake flour
- 1 Tbs. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
In a large bowl, whisk together the ricotta, milk, egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest and juice until smooth. Sift together the flour, baking powder and 1/8 tsp. of the salt over the ricotta mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.
In another large bowl, using a whisk, beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the remaining 1/8 tsp. salt and continue beating until soft peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, fold one-third of the egg whites into the ricotta mixture, then gently fold in the remaining whites.
Preheat a griddle over medium heat. Spray the griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Ladle 1/3 cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on top and the pancakes are golden underneath, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook for 1 minute more. Transfer to a warmed plate. Repeat with the remaining batter. Makes 12 to 14 pancakes.
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