Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes & Pajamas! Start your weekend right.

This summer, I’ve been spoiled with unusually relaxing Saturdays. These “Shortstack Saturdays” involve plenty of pancakes, pajamas, and Potter. Harry Potter, that is! As a family, we are currently obsessed with the Harry Potter series, and as a Saturday tradition – still in our PJs – we snuggle up and listen while my husband Steves read to all of us.  Needless to say, Saturdays are something special! I’m convinced Steves’ impression of Albus Dumbledore could win an Oscar – and if there was a category for best supporting breakfast, these blueberry ricotta pancakes would be a clear front-runner.

Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

This recipe was actually inspired by my kids asking for the blueberry pancakes from Little Dom’s, a neighborhood restaurant we’ve grown to love.  Unbeknownst to them, these hotcakes are also sprinkled with the perfect amount of ricotta cheese.  My older son Gavin would probably have a mild panic attack if I openly served him “pancakes with cheese.”  I can already hear them both…”uhhh, it’s not my favorite,” before they even take a bite.

This recipe does a killer job of sneaking the ricotta into the batter, then adds that creamy goodness to the inside. Have no fear – your little nerds will not be able to sense any funny business going on with these blueberry ricotta pancakes, certainly not anything as crazy as cheesy pancakes…

Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Have blueberries ever looked so perfect?  I love how they drip perfectly purple, saucy goodness.

First in a small bowl, combine the dries and wets to make a base.  Next – get whipping! The egg whites help step-up the ‘fluff’ factor of these fantastic pancakes.

Fold the egg white fluff into the base in three parts, ensuring maximum fluffiness.  Then, pour the mixture into a measuring cup for easy pouring.  Get your griddle ready – it’s on!

It’s important to be extra gentle with the pour, and extra patient with the cook time. Wait until you see those wonderful little wonderful bubbles on top of the pancake, then you have your green light to flip! I get intimate and eye-level with these lovelies (you should too), and make sure they are nothing short of perfect.

Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Now we throw in the blueberries – Liam’s favorite step – and you know you’re in the home stretch.

Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

While the blueberry ricotta pancakes on the grill, I tend to the blueberry sauce accompaniment, multi-tasking as I also listen to the background story of Harry Potter outsmarting his pesky Aunt Petunia. Being able to multitask in the kitchen and listen to Harry Potter – now that’s magic!

The sauce for the blueberry ricotta pancakes is easy, and comes with a fresh pop of citrus with the added lemon zest.  It isn’t overwhelming, it just offers balance and freshness to the mix!

Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the griddle, oops I mean, light!

Recipe Credit: Modified from Food & Wine

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Compote

By TheSweetNerd  

August 3, 2016

Modified Recipe From Food & Wine

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs, separated

1 3/4cups, plus 2 Tablespoons milk

6 ounces ricotta cheese (1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons)

1/4 cup sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

unsalted butter for griddle

1 pint fresh blueberries or 2 cups frozen berries thawed

pure maple syrup for serving

Directions

1In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the milk, ricotta, sugar and vanilla.

2Add the dry ingredients and whisk until the batter is smooth.

3In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites at medium speed until frothy. Beat at high speed until soft peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter until no streaks remain.

4Preheat the oven to 225°.

5Heat a griddle, then lightly butter it. For each pancake, ladle a scant 1/4 cup of the batter onto the griddle; be sure to leave enough space between the pancakes. Cook over moderately low heat until the bottoms are golden and the pancakes are just beginning to set, 1 to 2 minutes.

6Sprinkle each pancake with a few blueberries and press lightly. Flip the pancakes and cook until golden on the bottom and cooked through, about 1 minute longer.

7Transfer the pancakes to plates and keep them warm in the oven while you make the rest. Serve the pancakes with maple syrup.

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 Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

2 Comments

  • I always love ricotta or cottage cheese in my pancakes and never dare to tell my boys what’s really in there before they declare their love. You nailed it with “um, it’s not my favorite”! I’ve heard that line countless times before bite one! These look like perfection. Can’t wait to try!

    • Cindy "TheSweetNerd" Rodriguez
      2 years ago

      Oh Cathy, you are so right. Kids always speak the truth! Please do tell if you like them, ok?

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