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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

I love making savory breakfast food and could probably be content eating light, fluffy pancakes or waffles anytime during the day. My go to dish is lemon ricotta pancakes which are fairly easy and relatively quick to prepare. Depending on the quality of the ricotta you will need to press out some of the moisture as it can affect the overall batter.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs separated
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest (more if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
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Separate the eggs into 2 mixing bowls. Add the sugar, milk, ricotta, vanilla, lemon zest to the bowl containing the yolks. Whisk until the sugar is incorporated. Add the flour and baking powder while whisking. Whisk the egg whites to stiff peaks and then gently fold into the batter.

In a small sauce pan over medium heat add the butter and maple syrup and whisk occasionally.

I prefer to make pancakes with an electric griddle because I find it easier, but you can use any skillet you prefer. Drop the batter down and allow it to get golden brown on each side.LRPgriddle

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Serve with what ever fruit you wish and drizzle with the butter syrup mixture.

Do yourself a favor and buy an electric griddle. I use mine almost daily for breakfast items pancakes, fried eggs, french toast and the ease of a constant nonstick cooking surface make things easy. The griddle by Cucina Pro is a little workhorse in our kitchen and something you find equally valuable.

French Toast

French Toast

The last couple of days I’ve been feeling a little under the weather so french toast is the perfect pick me up dish. Today, I went with the caloric loaded creme anglaise version because they are simply delectable!french toast brioche


3/4 cup heavy cream, divided

1 vanilla bean (split lengthwise)

2 tablespoons sugar

4 egg yolks

1 loaf brioche bread, sliced 1/2 inch


Place 1/2 cup of the cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Split the vanilla bean in half, scrape the seeds into the cream, then add the bean. Bring just to a simmer, remove from heat and allow to infuse for ~ 30 minutes.FTcreamIn a medium bowl, whisk the yolks and sugar. Begin to temper the eggs by slowly pouring the warm cream into the bowl. Constantly whisk until incorporated. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and return the pan to low heat. FTeggsFTtemperStir constantly to prevent curdling until the crème anglaise has thickened. Strain the mixture into bowl and whisk in the remaining 1/4 cup of cold cream. Allow the crème anglaise to cool before using.FTcaFTca2french toast assemblyYou can make the french toast on a griddle or pan. Add clarified butter to the surface to prevent sticking. Dip the bread into the crème anglaise to coat on both sides (only do 1 slice at a time). Remove the excess batter than cook for ~2 minutes a side. french toast

Fluffy Waffles

Fluffy Waffles

I’m a bit of a breakfast food junkie. I could practically eat any and all things breakfast any meal of the day. There is nothing like a fluffy hot waffle coming out of the waffle iron. The smell in the kitchen, the sudden urge to eat with your eyes well beyond the limits of your stomach.

Waffles


1 cup milk

1 cup flour

1 vanilla bean split

2 tbs melted butter

1 tbs sugar

1 tbs baking powder

2 eggs (separated)


Add the milk, sugar and vanilla bean to a small sauce pan over low heat and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. After ~5 minutes pull out the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds out with a knife and return both to the milk. We want to infuse the milk with vanilla as much as possible. Let the milk cool to room temperature after and set aside.Wmilk

Separate the eggs into 2 mixing bowls. Beat the egg yolks with the melted butter and add the cooled milk. Whisk in 1/2 cup of flour at a time, then the baking powder.

Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks and then fold gently into the other mixture. Let the batter sit ~20 minutes before making waffles and enjoy.