Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelized Apples

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and the Fun Meter is on Max. Three day weekend means three opportunities to lavish in a home-cooked breakfast. You must try these. WoW.

ImageImage

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelized Apples

Adapted from Food and Wine

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing

2 crisp red apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup sugar

1 1/4 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

Kosher salt

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup whole-wheat pastry flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 cups whole milk

4 large eggs, separated

1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese

Warm pure maple syrup, for serving

In a large skillet, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the apples, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of the lemon zest and a pinch of salt and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are just tender and golden, about 5 minutes; keep warm.

ImageImage

In a large bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. In a medium bowl, whisk the milk with the egg yolks, ricotta and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon of lemon zest. Whisk the mix into the dry ingredients until just incorporated.

In a clean, large stainless steel bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form (this is key—makes the pancakes so fluffy!); fold them into the batter.

Image

Preheat a griddle and grease it with butter. Scoop 1/4-cup mounds of batter onto the griddle. Cook the pancakes over moderately high heat until bubbles appear on the surface, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook until the pancakes are risen and golden brown on the bottom, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to plates, spoon the warm apples on top and serve with warm maple syrup.

Image

Izzy’s Fun Meter is also on Max. She is in the mood for a weekend roadtrip—possibly, to Mount Rushmore? She has been giving me profiles all morning, hoping I’ll carve her likeness into the rock wall next to the chicken coop. I told her it would take a sculptor far more skilled than I to manage her facial landscape of fat folds, cascading like an Elizabethan dress under her chin. So beautiful.

Image

2 thoughts on “Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelized Apples

    1. Made possible by the chickens, who are made possible by your watermelon rinds— The Circle of LIFE!

Leave a Reply