I’m worried that you are all going to break up with me for posting too many pancake recipes. Is there such a thing as too many pancake recipes? I say no, but maybe normal sane people don’t seek out new pancake flavors like I do? This weekend I found myself with an overload of lemons and a carton of leftover Ricotta to use up.
So when Sunday (i.e. Pancake Day) rolled around, I immediately started wondering if it was possible to put them both in a pancake. I was about to go into recipe development mode, but I did a quick google search and found that Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are actually quite popular! Who knew?
I ended up making a recipe I found on chow.com, but I changed it up quite a bit. I felt it needed a little more flour, baking soda to help them rise more, and a few other changes. But the one part I didn’t change, is to beat the egg whites before adding them to the batter. I usually skip this part when I make pancakes, but it truly does produce a different/lighter texture. If you are like me and have a severe pancake obsession, it’s a fun way to switch it up on Pancake Day.
I was watching Julie & Julia a couple weeks ago (I know – how clichéd) and one of my favorite scenes is where Julia (Meryl Streep) is whipping the whipped cream by hand. Nowadays almost everyone has an electric mixer to do it for them. I have a hand mixer and a stand mixer, but for some reason I wanted to see how long it would take me to whip up these egg whites by hand. Half way through I realized what a masochist I was!
Holy arm burn! I got them whipped, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have to keep switching arms like a wimp. In the end, it was all totally worth it. These pancakes are a great change from the ordinary pancake and a fun way to use up any leftover ricotta cheese. If you don’t have a full 3/4 cup of Ricotta, don’t let that turn you away — the recipe still turns out great with less.
While these pancakes a fun citrusy breakfast treat, I do have to say that they don’t hold a flame to my absolute favorite Sweet Hoecakes. Just being honest. 😉