These lemon ricotta pancakes are light and airy with a little tang from the lemon. Normally I would use buttermilk to make pancakes, but when you mix lemon juice with milk you end up with buttermilk so for this recipe, skip the buttermilk and use whole milk. It is always a good idea to have your ingredients at room temperature so that everything mixes together and the batter doesn’t break. Remove the eggs, ricotta and milk out of the refrigerator about an hour before you start making the pancakes. I would suggest putting the ricotta in a strainer, to allow it to drain, while it is warming up.
- 2 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 4 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
- Pinch of Salt
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup fresh Ricotta (strained)
- 1 1/2 cup whole milk (you could substitute skim or 1-2% if that is all you have on hand)
- 6 tablespoons Butter (melted plus more for greasing pan)
- 6 tablespoons Lemon Oil (see recipe below)
- 2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Powdered sugar for garnish
For the Lemon Oil:
- 1 cup Olive Oil
- 1 Lemon (washed and cut into small pieces)
- Pinch of Salt
Directions for making the Lemon Oil:
Place ingredients in a blender (the whole lemon that has been cut into about 8 small pieces, skin and fruit but make sure the lemons were washed before you sliced it into pieces) and puree. Strain into a bowl, reserving pulp.
Directions for making the lemon ricotta pancakes:
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
- In a second bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients (milk, eggs, ricotta, melted butter, lemon oil and vanilla).
- Whisk the wet into the dry mix until fully incorporated. The batter is very light so you don’t have to whip it too much. There should be a few lumps.
- Let the batter sit for about 8-10 minutes while griddle is preheating.
- Add some butter to grease the preheated griddle. Pour a few tablespoons of batter (for silver dollar sized pancakes) or ladle about 1/4 cup (for regular sized pancakes) onto the hot griddle and cook until bubbles appear and a few pop.
- Flip with a spatula and continue to cook on the second side until golden. You can keep these pancakes warm by placing them on the rack in the oven that has been preheated to 200 degrees or serve immediately.
- Serve with maple syrup or a fruit syrup such as raspberry, strawberry or blueberry. If you have fresh blueberries on hand you can add cup of them to the batter. They will provide a burst of sweetness that works well with the tang of the lemon.
- You can use the remaining pulp from the strained lemon oil is on chicken or fish so you won’t want to throw it out.
We hope you enjoy this recipe for lemon Ricotta Pancakes as much as the guests of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast in historic Lynchburg, Virginia. Of course it is much easier to have us do the cooking so feel free to call us at 434.846.1388 and book your next visit. We look forward to seeing you in the near future.
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