A few years ago my dad was on the South Beach Diet so mom and I decided to show our support by eating healthy with him. One thing that appealed to me about this diet was nightly dessert. There are a variety of stage 1 desserts (lemon, lime, even chocolate) but they all include ricotta cheese. By the end of the first week my dad and I were actually skipping dessert because we were so tired of ricotta. Highly unusual for my dad to pass up dessert and for me to pass up any type of cheese! Years later I still enjoy ricotta in pasta dishes, but dread having any left over, until now. These pancakes were actually so delicious that I want to buy more ricotta.
I combined two Pinterest recipes: fluffy ricotta pancakes and lemon ricotta pancakes to come up with just the right combination for my pancakes. Normally I would have skipped the suggestion to separate the eggs, but when I read the note about egg whites being the only lift for the lemon ricotta pancakes I understood why this is important and I’m glad I took time for the extra step. I did use baking powder as well to make extra fluffy pancakes.
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1 cup flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tbs sugar
- pinch of salt
- 6 oz lemon yogurt (I used Liberte)
- 1 cup ricotta
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ¼ cup milk
- butter to grease pan
- Topping options: maple syrup, blueberry jam, lingonberry jam (from Ikea)
- Separate eggs, set aside on counter (do not refrigerate whites)
- Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt
- In separate bowl combine lemon yogurt, ricotta, vanilla, egg yolks, milk
- Slowly combine dry ingredients into wet ingredients
- Beat egg whites with hand mixer or in stand mixer until peaks form
- Preheat pan to medium heat
- Gently mix egg whites into batter one scoop at a time
- Coat skillet with butter
- Use ice cream scoop or ¼ cup measuring cup to portion batter on to pan
- Smooth batter with back of scoop
- Cook 3-5 minutes, until bubbles appear and pancake is slightly browned
- Flip and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes
- Add toppings before serving, enjoy!
Which ingredients do you struggle to use up?