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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

It’s not often that I make homemade pancakes. Confession time: normally I use the Snoqualmie Falls pancake and waffle mix, because it is the best store-bought mix out there. But after making these lemon-ricotta pancakes…I don’t know if I can ever go back. They are fluffy yet light and airy, and go perfectly with leftover citrus syrup from my candied citrus peels. Yes – I have found yet another way to use the leftover spoils of those damn delicious citrus pieces of heaven.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

We ended up making the regular size batch of pancakes because we were supposed to have guests come over for brunch, but when they had to cancel last minute, we had lots of leftover pancakes. And – shocker – they are awesome reheated in the microwave.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

These melt in your mouth…They may seem thick but once you bite into them they are so light and airy. These are what pancake dreams are made of.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Adapted from the Newlywed Cookbook
Serves 4-6


  • 1 1/3 cups AP Flour
  • 1/2 cup finely ground cornmeal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese (I used part skim ricotta)
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon zest (about the zest from 1 lemon)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • butter, for the pan (and finished pancakes!)


Lemon or pure maple Syrup, bananas, strawberries


Whisk together flour, cornmeal. salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, ricotta, egg yolks, nutmeg, and lemon zest. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and whisk in the wet ingredients until just incorporated.

Beat the egg whites and sugar with an electric mixer or a whisk in a clean bowl until they just hold stiff peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter with a spatula or whisk until evenly incorporated, make sure not to overmix.

Heat a griddle or heavy frying pan to medium-high heat until butter sizzles when added to the pan. Pour desired amount of pancake batter onto griddle, leaving about 2 inches between pancakes. When little bubbles form on the surface of the batter, flip the pancakes with a flexible spatula. Cook on the other side until the pancakes are golden brown around the edges, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately with syrup, butter, and fresh fruit.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes