Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

For Bryan's homecoming, I wanted to plan a tasty breakfast! My love for pancakes sent me on a search for the perfect pancake to try. I'd been intrigued by quite a few lemon ricotta recipes lately, so I did a simple search and found these lovely babies!

They were totally awesome! While they are super thick, they are light, fluffy and have a light lemon zing that is perfect for the summer! The blueberry sauce adds an element of homeyness which was perfect for the occasion on a lazy Saturday morning! We accompanied the pancakes with a side of turkey bacon and endless cups of coffee to recover from the late night drive home!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce
Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod


To make the blueberry sauce:
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
2-3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
1. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and cornstarch and set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, combine the blueberries, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and stir in lemon juice and cornstarch mixture. Stir until the sauce thickens slightly.  Cover to keep warm and set aside.
To make the pancakes:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon canola oil
1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese, egg, egg whites, lemon juice, lemon zest, and canola oil. Gently fold this mixture into the dry ingredients until flour disappears. Don't over mix. The batter will be thick.
3. Heat a griddle or a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray.  Drop about 1/3 cup of batter onto the hot griddle or skillet. Cook the pancakes until browned on the underside and beginning to set, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook the pancakes on the other side, about two minutes longer. Continue making pancakes until batter is gone. Serve warm with blueberry sauce.

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