I had leftover ricotta sitting in my fridge from my Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes and thought I should try a new pancake recipe. I was too lazy to get out the Kitchen Aid mixer, so I thought this recipe looked simple enough. Taste-wise, the Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes can't be beat, but this pancake actually tastes better on day 2, 3, 4 ... you get the picture. If you have leftover ricotta, this is a great recipe to make and keep the leftovers in the fridge for breakfast during the week. The original recipe calls for lemon curd and fresh raspberries for toppings. I didn't have either of those so I omitted them.
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup ricotta cheese
2/3 cup milk
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Butter, for griddle
1 (11-ounce) jar prepared lemon curd (optional)
Fresh raspberries, for garnish (optional)
Confectioners' sugar, for garnish (optional)
Preheat a nonstick griddle.
Combine flour, baking powder, nutmeg, salt and sugar in a small bowl. Whisk together the cheese, eggs, milk, lemon juice and zest in a large bowl.
Whisk the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined.
Brush the hot griddle with butter. For each pancake, pour approximately 1/4 cup measure of the batter on the griddle and cook on both sides until light golden brown. Repeat until no batter remains.
Empty the contents of the lemon curd into a small saucepan and warm over low heat. Alternatively, remove the lid and place in a microwave oven on 50 percent power for 2 minutes, stopping after 1 minute to stir the curd. Drizzle a few tablespoons of the curd over the pancakes, top with fresh raspberries and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
Aren't I becoming a pro at flipping pancakes? =)
Here's why I think these taste better on day 2 and 3. When you first taste the pancake fresh from the griddle, the nutmeg and the lemon zest are very profound and it can be a bit jarring. But after a few days the flavors seem to mellow out a bit and you get a really well balanced pancake flavor. I'm not sure why that is, but it's just what I discovered. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!