Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

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A fantastic brunch recipe, these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes have a tender yet fluffy texture, melt-in-your-mouth lemon flavor and a thin, crisp crust.

Lemon ricotta pancakes on a white plate

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are the best pancakes ever! They are so fluffy and flavorful. You might be thinking, “Ricotta cheese belongs in lasagna, not pancakes!” but hear me out. The creamy ricotta adds a tender yet fluffy texture to the pancakes and balances out the sweetness for the perfect bite. It doesn’t taste cheesy at all.

Making your own pancakes comes in handy when you are looking for something hot, but still quick for breakfast. Once you have the basics down you can add to it and flavor them any way you want. Blueberry pancakesbanana pancakes, and, pumpkin pancakes are just a few of our favorite breakfasts for Saturday mornings at home.

Ingredients

  • Flour – For these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, I used all-purpose flour.
  • Sugar – These pancakes aren’t overly sweet so just a ¼ cup sugar will do the trick.
  • Baking Soda – Baking soda helps the pancakes get their fluffy texture.
  • Salt – A little bit of salt brings out the other flavors in the recipe.
  • Ricotta Cheese – I like to use whole milk ricotta for these pancakes. It gives them a moist and creamy, yet still fluffy texture.
  • Whole Milk – Whole milk adds creaminess and helps to bind the dry and wet ingredients.
  • Eggs – If you want sky high, fluffy pancakes, then you can go the extra mile with the eggs. Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks and whip the whites until stiff peaks form. Then, add the beaten egg whites and the yolks to the wet ingredients.
  • Lemon Juice & Lemon Zest – Lemon is the perfect companion for the creamy savory ricotta. Roll the lemons with your palm on the counter before you cut them to help release more juice.
  • Almond Extract – I love almond flavoring with these pancakes, but vanilla extract works great too!
A stack of lemon ricotta pancakes on a plate with blueberries and a lemon wedge

Toppings for Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes taste amazing with just butter and a drizzle of maple syrup. However, you can definitely get creative with toppings! Try some of our favorites:

Method

These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes come together in just a few easy steps.

  1. Start by grabbing a large mixing bowl and a medium mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl and whisk them together. Add the wet ingredients to the medium bowl and whisk until fully combined.
  2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. I prefer to mix this recipe by hand instead of using a mixer. You don’t want to over mix the batter. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, gently fold the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. Lumps and air bubbles are normal.
  3. Heat a skillet or griddle to medium or medium-low heat. Pour a scant ⅓ cup of batter onto the skillet and cook until the sides dry out and the top is bubbly. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown and the middle is cooked all the way through.
  4. If you are making pancakes for a crowd, set the oven too low or warm and put finished pancakes on a baking sheet. Leave the baking sheet in the oven until ready to serve.
  5. Top with your favorite pancake toppings and serve.

Recipe Tip

Lemon Ricotta Pancake batter in a large bowl
  • When you combine the dry ingredients and wet ingredients, don’t over mix! It is normal to have some clumps in the batter. If you over mix the batter, it will knock all the air out and your pancakes will be flatter than….well, a pancake!
  • Make sure to grease the skillet with cooking spray or butter to prevent sticking.
  • Use a measuring cup to portion the pancake batter onto the griddle to ensure uniform-sized pancakes.

FAQ

How do I store leftovers?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Leftovers will keep for a few days.

Can you reheat ricotta pancakes?

Yes! The best way to reheat them is to warm them on a griddle or in the toaster. That way they get some of their crisp back.

Is ricotta cheese healthy?

Ricotta cheese is a great source of protein and calcium. It is perfect for pancakes because it balances out the carbohydrates to create a more well rounded meal.

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A stack of lemon ricotta pancakes on a plate with blueberries and a lemon wedge

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

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A fantastic brunch recipe, these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes have a tender yet fluffy texture, melt-in-your-mouth lemon flavor and a thin, crisp crust.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 10 pancakes

Equipment

  • Electric Griddle
  • Skillet

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
    Flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl
  • In a medium bowl, mix ricotta, milk, eggs, lemon juice, zest, and almond extract.
    Ricotta, lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs, milk, and almond extract mixed together in a bowl
  • Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Stir to combine, but don't over-mix. There should still be some lumps and air bubbles.
    Lemon Ricotta Pancake batter in a large bowl
  • Heat a pan or griddle to medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Pour ⅓ cup of batter onto the griddle. Once the sides start to dry and the top is bubbling, flip the pancake using a large spatula. Cook until both sides are golden brown and the middle is cooked. Serve with your favorite pancake toppings.
    Lemon ricotta pancakes on a white plate

Nutrition Information

Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 8gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 383mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 217IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 1mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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