Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Breakfast Pancakes
Only a person studying for the RD Exam would know that evaporated milk can be reconstituted with water and used as a substitute for regular milk. You’re welcome.
I tell you this because, for the first time in a long time, this household was out of milk and pancake mix. Okay, I lied, we weren’t entirely out of milk. My spouse left about three tablespoons of milk in the jug. Seriously, who does that? And why?
I love him so much.
But, we were (and still are) entirely out of pancake mix. That’s okay though. I guess it gives me the opportunity to clear the quarantine flour out of my cabinets.
Today, I bring you Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Breakfast Pancakes. I know you’re asking yourself, how is a household out of milk, but they have ricotta cheese? I wish I knew the answer to that. I really wish I did. The only answer I can give you is to introduce you to this wonderful recipe.
Ricotta cheese adds incredible fluffiness and tenderness to this pancake mix. If the dietitian in me had to guess, I would say the acid from the lemon juice and the ricotta curds react with the baking powder to help tenderize the gluten in the batter. If I had to guess.
Ricotta cheese is not only a good source of calcium and minerals such as zinc and selenium, but a ¼ cup serving of ricotta cheese provides 6 grams of protein.
Go on now and put this on your brunch menu this weekend.
Lemon Ricotta Breakfast Pancakes
- Cast-Iron Skillet
- 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ¾ cup evaporated milk* *mix 3/4 cup of evaporated milk with 1/4 cup of water to reconstitute or use 1 cup of your choice of milk
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 2 Tbsp. lemon zest
- Whisk dry ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.
- In a sepreate bowl. whisk together evaporated milk, water and ricotta until well combined. Add in eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest.
- Using a wooden spoon or spatula, gently fold wet ingredients INTO the dry ingredients. Making sure the batter gets wet. DO NOT OVERMIX YOUR BATTER! Small lumps in the batter are fine.
- Turn on burner to med-high.
- Melt about a teaspoon of butter on your cast-iron.
- Using a ladle or small measuring cup, pour batter on hot cast-iron. Pancake will be ready to flip when you see a lot of tiny bubbles on to the surface (about 3 mintues). Flip and cook other side for about 2 mintues.
- Garnish with powdered sugar, lemon juice, maple syrup or fresh fruit.