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Citrus at Its Best: Orange Ricotta Pancakes

January 20, 2011

This weekend, I am so excited to be speaking at  Food Blog South, a conference and workshop in Birmingham, Alabama on Recipe Development along with the talented Virginia Willis. It’s going to be wonderful weekend filled with bloggers, writers, photographers and so many others from around the country. Proceeds from the conference go to support a charity to restore the Gulf, and also support The Desert Island Supply Company, a Woodlawn-based writing center for kids. Recently, I was working on a recipe development project for a client creating recipes made with citrus fruits. I loved how these Orange Ricotta Pancakes turned out: so light and fluffy with the perfect hint of orange flavor. This makes a great breakfast idea for this weekend since oranges are at their peak. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Orange Ricotta Pancakes

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
11/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
11/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups skim milk
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 Garnish: maple Syrup, powdered sugar, optional
1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, orange zest and salt in a large bowl.

2. Whisk together milk, orange juice, ricotta, 4 tablespoons butte, egg and vanilla in a separate bowl.

3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour ricotta mixture into flour mixture. Stir together gently until just combined (batter should be lumpy). Do not overmix.

4. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a griddle or large sauté pan over medium heat. Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto griddle for each pancake. When bubbles appear, flip the pancakes gently and cook until lightly browned. Continue with remaining butter and batter. Serve with maple syrup and powdered sugar, if desired.


14 Responses to “Citrus at Its Best: Orange Ricotta Pancakes”
JodieMo says:
January, 23 2011at 08:48 am
It was so great to see you again! Your seminar with Virginia was one of my favs ( shh... don't tell). I hope we get to meetup again soon! Love the pancakes!
January, 20 2011at 09:08 am
These look delicious! I have some left over ricotta from lasagna and have loads of oranges. They sound perfect. I hope you have an amazing time at Food Blog South! I so wish I could go. Crossing my fingers for next year! :-) And as always thanks for the awesome recipe!
Angie says:
January, 20 2011at 11:23 am
These look heavenly. I will be making these this weekend. Have a great conference. Sounds so interesting
Mary Beth says:
January, 20 2011at 09:18 am
These look amazing Alison and I love this combination of ingredients. Congrats on all of your incredible success. You deserve it!
January, 20 2011at 11:31 am
I'll bet the ricotta gives these pancakes a wonderful texture. Have fun at Food Blog South & good luck with your talk. I'm sure you'll be great!
Tracy says:
January, 20 2011at 09:55 pm
I love the idea of adding citrus flavor to pancakes! I can't wait to try these.
January, 21 2011at 09:25 am
making them for breakfast today. Will let u know how they came out :-)
January, 21 2011at 08:09 am
How fun! Have a great time at the conference. I love using ricotta in pancakes by the way, you're right it makes them light and fluffy. I'll have to try your citrus version for sure.
January, 20 2011at 08:49 pm
These pancakes are lovely! I have all of these ingredients, so we might just have these Saturday morning.
January, 20 2011at 11:53 am
I had some divine lemon ricotta pancakes at Sarabeth's in Key West last week. They were topped with fresh strawberries and sprinkled with cooked wheat berries. I'm going to try your recipe using lemon zest and some lemon juice. Thanks for sharing!
Marci says:
January, 20 2011at 11:47 am
Nice recipe! Sounds like this is a great conference and finally for a cause..
Lisa says:
January, 20 2011at 11:44 am
I am having company in town this weekend. I was looking for something new and exciting for breakfast. Thanks for sharing
Aggie says:
January, 28 2011at 08:21 pm
Gosh, this so my kind of breakfast recipe. Sounds delicious! Never think to put ricotta into a sweet pancake...the orange ricotta combo sounds sensational!!
Joan says:
February, 12 2012at 09:46 am
These are delicious pancakes - light & flavorful. (Although I dare not tell my husband that there's ricotta cheese in the batter.) Today I made this recipe for the second time - adding chopped, toasted pecans. Really nice and thanks for this recipe!

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