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Sweet Mornings – Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Homemade Ricotta

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After having the incredible lemon ricotta pancakes at Plow in San Francisco, I was determined to come home and make some! The pancakes at Plow had a strong lemon taste, which I loved, so I knew I must  not be shy with the lemon juice! I think I got them pretty lemony! It was Zan’s idea that I try making my own homemade ricotta because to get them tasting as good as Plow’s, it was important to use the best of the best. And let’s face it, homemade is always better. Being an inexperienced cheese maker (I’ve never made cheese!) I turned to my kitchen fairy, Ina for a recipe. To my amazement, it’s actually extremely easy to make ricotta and what a huge difference from store bought and in the pancakes! We had leftovers, so Zan slathered it all over a frozen pizza as well, which took it to another level. Yes, we eat frozen pizzas over here from time to time… we’re working parents! Anyway, these pancakes are so delicious and would be a great addition to a festive Easter brunch or a sweet Saturday morning breakfast.

 

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes 
1 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 cup organic whole milk
1 organic egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
1 cup homemade ricotta cheese
1/3 cup + 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest

 

Directions
Combine the flour, baking powder, white sugar and salt in a bowl and whisk lightly a few times to mix.  In a large bowl, combine the milk, egg, melted butter, vanilla, lemon juice and zest and whisk to mix. Add in the ricotta cheese and continue to mix. It’s okay to have clumps of ricotta cheese.
Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Whisk lightly until combined or you see just a few traces of flour. Do not over mix or you will get tough pancakes. The batter will be thicker and a little clumpy from the cheese.
Over medium heat, melt some butter in a pan and let it brown just a little. Add in 1/2 cup of the batter and let it become a nice golden brown before flipping!
Top with organic maple syrup, a little lemon zest and some powdered sugar. Yum!

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Homemade Ricotta
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6
 
Maybe the most delicious pancakes you'll ever try, these Lemon Ricotta pancakes are made with easy-to-make homemade ricotta and have the perfect lemony taste in each fluffy bite!
Measurements Ingredients
  • Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup organic whole milk
  • 1 organic egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 cup homemade ricotta cheese
  • ⅓ cup + 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
Directions
  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, white sugar and salt in a bowl.
  2. Whisk lightly a few times to mix.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the milk, egg, melted butter, vanilla, lemon juice and zest.
  4. Whisk to mix.
  5. Add in the ricotta cheese and continue to mix. It’s okay to have clumps of ricotta cheese.
  6. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  7. Whisk lightly until combined or you see just a few traces of flour.
  8. Do not over mix or you will get tough pancakes.
  9. The batter will be thicker and a little clumpy from the cheese.
  10. Over medium heat, melt some butter in a pan and let it brown just a little.
  11. Add in ½ cup of the batter and let it become a nice golden brown before flipping!
  12. Top with organic maple syrup, a little lemon zest and some powdered sugar. Yum!

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51 responses to Sweet Mornings – Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Homemade Ricotta

  1. March 5, 2013

    these look incredibly delicious!

    1. March 5, 2013

      Thanks Sarah! They were delicious!!

  2. March 5, 2013

    The sound of lemon ricotta pancakes is making my mouth water like nothing else. Pancakes are my number one weakness. Thanks so much for posting the recipe. Can’t wait to make them!

    Maria xx
    http://www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

    1. March 5, 2013

      You’re welcome Maria!! I have a weakness for pancakes too… really breakfast/brunch in general! I could eat pancakes for dinner 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    March 5, 2013

    I have heard about these pancakes being delicious.Now that I have found a trusted recipe…I will definately give them a try.

  4. Pancake is my husband’s favorite but I haven’t tried it at home. This is quite different. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. I’ve never tried a lemon flavored pancake and this recipe seems to be quite interesting to make them.

  6. March 8, 2013

    Beautiful pancakes the flavour of the lemon sounds very good!!

  7. Pam
    March 20, 2013

    The pancakes look fantastic. The milk bottle caught my eye in 2nd grade I lived 2 blocks from the Broguiere’s Dairy in Montebello, CA I would walk down to visit the cows. They have the best chocolate milk I have ever had very creamy.

    1. Alisha Broguiere
      April 27, 2013

      Ran across this recipe on Pinterest and it caught my eye because of the Broguiere bottle, of course. Thank you for this comment, the dairy is still in Montebello! love hearing about when people went years ago, thank you for your business!

      1. Eden
        April 23, 2014

        Hey Alisha! Thank you so much for the kind words and comment! We love Broguiere’s milk. It really is the best! Thanks again and thanks for stopping by!

  8. March 21, 2013

    Making these when I wake up!

    1. March 21, 2013

      Delicious! Never buying ricotta again, and I used a champagne vinegar with citrus essence. Also I served the pancakes with marionberry preserves. YUMMY!

  9. Lauren
    April 17, 2013

    Finally got around to making these and oh my gosh yum! Great recipe and easy to follow, however my batter was really thick and had to use a spatula to spread out the batter on the pan

  10. April 25, 2013

    Why is this post showing up in my rss? good anyway

  11. May 6, 2013

    wow, these look so soft and yummy and delightful. i might need to make these for dinner… it’ll be brunch o’clock somewhere in the world, right?!

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  13. September 20, 2013

    So nice to have found your site through foodgawker! I love ricotta pancakes and yours, with the lemon, look so perfect! I’ve got some ricotta in the fridge right now…looking forward to making these this weekend!

  14. September 20, 2013

    they look lovely!

    1. Eden
      September 23, 2013

      Thank you!

  15. Emily A
    September 22, 2013

    Hi!
    I am soo excited to try this recipe! Since I was a child my mom used to make similar pancakes. Do you know if I can substitute farmers cheese for the ricotta? Thank you!

  16. MarieClaude
    September 26, 2013

    How many pancakes can you make with one recipe?

    1. Eden
      November 8, 2013

      It depends on how large or small you make them. I got about 8 out of the batter.

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  18. Tamara
    November 21, 2013

    Could you do this with store bought ricotta? Would it change the consistency?

    1. Eden
      January 22, 2014

      You can! It might change a little, but I’m sure they’ll still be delicious!

  19. Devon
    January 21, 2014

    OMG – my office is less than 1 mile from Plow but I’ve never even heard of it! Gotta run there soon and try these pancakes – they sound heavenly!

    1. Eden
      January 22, 2014

      Yes! You must go, it’s incredible!!

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  27. October 7, 2014

    Hi, it sounds amazing! Can this recipe be converted to muffins?

    1. Eden
      October 7, 2014

      Hmmm, I have never tried that! Sounds interesting and tasty though. There would definitely have to be some adjustments made, but lemon ricotta muffins sound good to me!!

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  29. Alicia
    December 6, 2014

    Today we made them, and they are soooooo deliciouss…..we loveeeee them, my husband is so happy with this recipe…..thanks eden

    1. Eden
      December 7, 2014

      That is so great to hear! Thank you for taking the time to let me know they turned out great. It means the world!!

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  37. Kristine
    August 14, 2015

    I’ve been making these pancakes for about a year now and my friends and I absolutely love them! They are so fluffy and delicious I can’t go back to pancake mix ever again. I make them so often I have the recipe memorized! Thanks again for the recipe. 🙂

    1. Eden
      August 14, 2015

      Thank you Kristine!! I LOVE hearing this! Happy you love it!!

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