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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

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This Lemon Ricotta Pancakes recipe makes soft and fluffy pancakes with a hint of lemon zest flavor. They have a bright and fresh flavor and easy to whip up!


Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

If you’re looking for a fresh and bright new twist for your weekend pancakes or something more unique to serve your mom on Mother’s Day, these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are definitely worth a try. They sound fancy and they look fancy, but essentially they are a simple pancake recipe made with typical pantry items. The only difference is we use ricotta instead of butter or oil and they’re infused with lemon juice and lemon zest.

If you’re thinking that cheese doesn’t belong in pancakes, don’t think of the cheese as playing a savory role like in lasagna, but more of a sweet role, like in cannolis or other Italians desserts. You won’t actually taste the ricotta in the recipe. It helps add moisture and fat to the lemon ricotta pancakes batter without the need for oil or butter. The end result is a seriously soft and perfectly fluffy pancakes that are great for spring or summer!

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Bite taken from stack of pancakes with fork on the side

How to make lemon ricotta pancakes

Like most pancake recipes, you’ll have the typical dry ingredients and the typical wet ingredients. Mix both together and then cook the pancake batter. It’s quite simple to make without any fancy steps or equipment.

Dry Ingredients

In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. The sugar can go in the dry ingredients or in the wet ingredients.

Dry ingredients process shots for making pancakes

Wet ingredients

The wet ingredients include the typical milk and eggs. Normally with pancakes, you’ll add vanilla extract and some type of fat to help add moisture to the pancakes. With these lemon ricotta pancakes though you’ll swap the vanilla extract for lemon juice and lemon zest. And instead of butter or oil, you’ll use ricotta. Those two ingredients mixed into the wet batter are what make this recipe stand out!

What kind of ricotta should you use? You can use whole or low-fat ricotta. I prefer to use whole fat ricotta because it gives them a creamy richness and it’s more flavorful. But low fat works just as well. Same goes for the milk. You can use what you like. Whisk everything together until well blended.

Wet ingredients process shots for making pancakes

Mix batter and cook pancakes

Now it’s time to mix the wet and dry ingredients together until you don’t see anymore flour streaks. Remember, lumps in pancake batter are totally fine, so be careful not to over mix.

Process shots showing the wet and dry ingredients getting mixed

Now, heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, spray cooking oil or melt some butter and cook the pancakes. Use 1/3 cup or 1/2 for each pancake, and you’ll make anywhere from 6 to 10 pancakes. They will be golden brown, soft and fluffy with an aromatic lemony flavor.

You can top these lemon ricotta pancakes however you like. Add some butter and maple syrup on top, add some slices of lemon for presentation and serve some fresh fruit on top or on the side. Raspberries, strawberries and blueberries are a wonderful accompaniment to the fresh lemon flavor!

Stack of lemon ricotta pancakes on a white plate with raspberries in the background

Tips for making lemon ricotta pancakes

  • Beat the egg whites separately. For extra light and fluffy pancakes, you can beat the egg whites separately and then fold them into the wet batter. This does take more time, and it’s the way the original recipe was written by Food & Wine. But, it’s what makes them unique for a special occasion if you have the time.
  • Don’t over-mix the batter. Lumps are good in pancake batter. To avoid over-mixing, mix the wet ingredients separate from the dry ingredients and then combine everything together. If you overmix the batter, you basically overwork the gluten which creates more tough and dense pancakes.
  • Use a measuring cup for evenly round pancakes. This helps to make sure the pancakes are all even so they stack nicely and evenly. It also helps you control the pouring situation for the pancakes.
  • Be patient when cooking the pancakes. I recommend you keep the temperature of the pan at low to medium-low heat when cooking pancakes. You want to watch for the edges starting to brown lightly and then you can flip the pancakes. Another test is to see if you can easily slide a spatula under the pancakes, they’re ready for flipping.
Stack of lemon ricotta pancakes with maple syrup drizzling down the sides and topped with raspberries

These lemon ricotta pancakes are a fun change from everyday pancakes. The ricotta cheese adds a rich texture and the lemon juice and lemon zest add a bright fresh flavor. They have a perfect balance or tartness and sweetness from the lemon juice and the sugar. They are such a great breakfast or brunch idea and some of the best pancakes you may try! I love how rich, fluffy and flavorful they are!

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Stack of lemon ricotta pancakes with maple syrup drizzling down the sides and topped with raspberries
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
16 mins
 

This Lemon Ricotta Pancakes recipe makes soft and fluffy pancakes with a hint of lemon zest flavor. They have a bright and fresh flavor and easy to whip up!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brunch, mother's day, pancakes, special occasion, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 338 kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • Raspberries for serving
  • Maple syrup for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. In another medium bowl, whisk the milk, eggs, ricotta, lemon juice and lemon zest. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just incorporated.
  3. Heat a nonstick griddle over medium-low heat. Melt butter on the surface or spray with cooking oil spray.
  4. Pour 1/3 cup of the batter into the hot griddle. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until small bubbles start to form on the top and the edges firm up. Flip the pancake and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the pancake is cooked through and golden brown on the bottom.
  5. Serve immediately with maple syrup.
Recipe Notes

Recipe: This recipe was adapted from Food & Wine. Instead of whipping the egg whites separately though, it was quicker to whisk the complete eggs with the wet ingredients.  Although their original method yields more fluffy pancakes if you have the time.

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Freezing Instructions: Cool the pancakes, then place them between layers of wax paper, then place in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, place in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or in the oven at 350ºF until they're hot and heated through, about 5-7 minutes.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.

  • Instead of regular milk, you can use any plant-based milk.
  • I tested this recipe with a whole wheat white flour, but it will work with other all purpose flours.
  • To make this gluten-free, use an all-purpose gluten-free flour mix. Do not substitute only almond flour or only coconut flour.
  • You can replace granulated sugar with other types of sweeteners of choice.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one serving of 2-3 pancakes without any toppings.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 145mg 48%
Sodium 393mg 16%
Potassium 426mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 10g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 8.3%
Vitamin C 9.5%
Calcium 24.5%
Iron 16.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Comments

  • Reply
    yumnaa
    May 13, 2019 at 3:32 am

    Can we skip the cheese?

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      May 13, 2019 at 3:17 pm

      No I would recommend to try a different pancake recipe then. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jack Murphy
    May 12, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Oh. My. God. These sound so appetizing to make. Am going to try it out. I wish I had seen the recipe before preparing Mother’s Day Brunch.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      May 12, 2019 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you! It’s ready for you next year! Hehehe

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