Ricotta and whipped eggwhites make these lemon ricotta pancakes the lightest and fluffiest pancakes I have ever eaten! Perfect for weekend breakfasts!
Sunday morning = pancake time. Growing up, my dad made us a big breakfast almost every Sunday. It was the best. Well, it still is the best because he still cooks breakfast any time I am home in St. Louis. Tons of bacon. Fresh squeezed orange juice. Fried eggs if you want them (cooked in bacon fat and served on rye toast. that is worthy of its own blog post). And of course, my favorite, pancakes.
I still crave pancakes pretty much every weekend. And while I will always love good old fashioned plain pancakes, I love trying out new varieties. Like these lemon ricotta pancakes.
Over the years I’ve seen lemon ricotta pancakes on a million brunch menus, but I have never ordered them. I always wondered what the big deal was. I don’t really like ricotta. I mean it is fine, but it is nothing special to me. And lemon just doesn’t seem like a breakfast flavor to me. Not sure why I think that, but I just never associate lemon with the morning.
But I had some ricottoa leftover after making this squash toast (ok, I do like ricotta when it is then smothered with kabocha suqash!) and was trying to decide what to do with it. Somehow, lemon ricotta pancakes came to my mind. And so I found a great looking recipe on King Arthur’s website (I love their recipes!) and got to work.
All I can say is wow. Now I see what the big deal is about lemon ricotta pancakes. They are SO GOOD! The texture is amazing, thanks to the ricotta and the whipped egg whites. They are so light and airy, it is almost like eating cloud (that’s a good thing). And the taste is absolutely delicious. The lemon flavor is subtle, and it makes these taste so fresh.
These are delicious plain, but if you want more lemon flavor, then you can whip up some lemon ricotta glaze. Just mix together some ricotta, lemon juice, and powdered sugar. Taste it and then adjust the ingredients. If you want it a little thinner add some milk. The glaze is a great topping for these – it really brings out the flavors in the pancakes. But these are also amazing plain, with butter, syrup, jelly…anyway you serve them, they will be a hit!
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