You have to try these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes! They've got fabulous flavor, and the texture is out of this world! With olive oil, lemon zest, lemon extract and just enough sugar.
If there's one recipe you try from my blog this year, let it be these lemon ricotta pancakes.
They're thick, pillowy soft and incredibly moist. The lemon flavor is ever present but not overbearing. The browned outsides, juxtaposed with the tender, melt-in-your-mouth insides, will make you swoon.
And they're just sweet enough. It's as if cake and pancakes had a love child.
You can enjoy these pancakes with butter and maple syrup. So good! But, if you want to experience sheer ecstasy, I urge you to top them with these Italian Strawberries with Lemon and Sugar instead.
I've never been so excited to share a dish with you. And that says a lot, because I'm kind of passionate about food. In case you haven't noticed.
I'll even go out on a limb and say these are the best lemon ricotta pancakes. The olive oil adds moisture and enhances the cake-like texture. The lemon extract (affiliate link), along with zest and the right amount of salt, makes the lemon flavor pop.
I skipped the buttermilk or lemon juice found in many lemon ricotta pancake recipes, because they produce a sour taste. Instead, my lemon ricotta pancakes get their fluffiness from the ricotta and four teaspoons of baking powder.
So, there's no need to overload the batter with sugar. Three tablespoons are plenty in this large quantity of pancakes.
I know I've been on a lemon kick lately (#sorrynotsorry #cantstopwontstop). I kicked off spring with this Lemonade Moonshine and then shared our favorite Lemon Lush from Scratch. Then there's this delicious Pecan Lemon Pie Without Meringue.
But, I've said it before and will say it again.
"Everybody loves lemon!"
Friends, please add the ingredients for these lemon ricotta pancakes to your grocery list. You can make them for Sunday breakfast or a fabulous brunch. And don't forget the strawberries!
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(Recipe Source: Cooking with Mamma C)
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest (from about 1 ½ lemons)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups milk (2% or whole)
- ¼ cup olive oil (not extra virgin)
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon extract
- 1 cup full-fat ricotta cheese
- Rinse two lemons and pat them dry. Zest the lemons until you have 2 teaspoons of zest. Add the zest to a large mixing bowl.
- Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to the bowl. Whisk the dry ingredients to combine.
- In a small bowl (or an extra-large liquid measuring cup), add your milk, olive oil, eggs and lemon extract. Whisk to combine, making sure the eggs are beaten.
- Whisk the ricotta into the liquid ingredients until combined.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients in your large bowl. Fold the liquid into the dry ingredients with a wooden spoon, just until the batter is combined, making sure to scrape along the bottom of the bowl to mix in the flour. The batter will be very thick.
- Heat a griddle or 10-inch skillet over medium heat. (It's important not to use higher heat, because the ricotta pancakes need to cook longer than regular pancakes, and you don't want them to burn on the outside while the insides are still raw.)
- When your pan is hot, grease it with cooking spray. (If you want your pancakes to have even brown coloring, you can spray a folded paper towel with oil and wipe the pan with it.)
- Scoop 1 ½ large spoonfuls of batter into the center of the pan. Let the pancake cook for three minutes on the first side before flipping it. (The bottom of the pancake should be golden brown before you flip it.)
- Flip the pancake and cook the second side for three minutes, or until the bottom is golden brown. Use a silicone spatula to transfer the pancake to a serving plate.
- Grease the pan again, and continue making more pancakes as needed. Serve them with butter and maple syrup or enjoy them with Italian Strawberries with Sugar and Lemon.
- Store leftover batter in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two days. You also can cook the extra batter to use it up and freeze the pancakes in a freezer bag.