Monday, August 8, 2011

Ricotta Pancakes with Banana-Pecan Syrup



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Ricotta Pancakes with Banana-Pecan Syrup - Featured on Foodgawker today. 

Well, it was pancake Sunday again, light and fluffy pancakes were the order of the day and I immediately thought of Ricotta Pancakes.  They are incredibly delicious, light and fluffy.  Mr. W loved them and so did Em.  Home run for a Sunday breakfast.  We enjoyed a late breakfast and could have eaten two plates of these delicious pancakes.  The banana-pecan syrup is a decadent addition that you can leave out if you are watching your calories.  We decided to splurge for this breakfast.  These pancakes are incredible with chocolate chips or just butter and syrup.  You can also make a divine apple cinnamon syrup topping for these pancakes, I am sure I will be sharing those from an upcoming pancake Sunday.

It is always a pleasure sitting down with my family to a meal we can all enjoy.  To hear Mr. W say he loved my "Fluffy Pancakes" after knowing that he despises ricotta cheese made my heart sing.  Em's chorus of "Mmmmmm"s lifts me to the clouds.  What a delightful breakfast as I ate my Ricotta Pancakes with 'my heart singing in the clouds'.  I hope you enjoy as much as I did!  Buon Appetito.

On a different note, Lynne at 365 Day of Baking honored me by asking if I would do my first guest post on her blog 365 Days of Baking.  She has a wonderful blog, and an honest scoring system.  She gives each dish a score in number of rolling pins.  I love this method.  Lets you know before you make the dish if it is worth the effort.  So in keeping with the theme of her blog, I decided that I wanted to make a baked dessert.  I made an incredible Chocolate Sformato with Amaretto Whipped Cream that I would love for your to check out.  I definitely give this 4 rolling pins and would make it again.


Recipe from The Cheese Lover's Cookbook and Guide.

Ricotta Pancakes with Banana-Pecan Syrup

For the Banana-Pecan Syrup:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 small bananas, thinly sliced (3/4 cup)
1 cup cane or maple syrup

For the Ricotta Pancakes:
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, separated
2 cups milk
4 ounces ricotta, well drained (1/2 cup)
Butter or vegetable oil

For the Banana-Pecan Syrup:
Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the nuts and saute for about 1 minute, or until fragrant.


Add the bananas and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Add the syrup and cook for about 1 to 2 minutes, or until the syrup is hot and slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside in a warm place.


For the Ricotta Pancakes:
Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt together in a sieve over a medium bowl. Beat the egg whites in a medium bowl with an electric mixer or whisk until stiff but not dry.


Beat the egg yolks, milk, and ricotta together in a large bowl until well blended and smooth. Add the dry ingredients and mix gently with a large spoon. Stir a spoonful of the egg whites into the batter to lighten it, then fold in the remaining egg whites with a rubber spatula.


Warm a serving platter in a 200 degree F oven.

Heat a nonstick flat griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until hot. Grease with butter or vegetable oil. Pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup batter per pancake onto the pan and cook for about 2 minutes, or until bubbles form on the surface, then flip the pancakes over using a large wide spatula.

 

Cook on the other side for 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer the pancakes to the warm platter.

Serve immediately or hold in the oven while you cook the rest of the pancakes. Serve the pancakes on heated plates topped with the syrup.


Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com

13 comments:

  1. Pancakes ..I think when I was visiting Holland
    they have thsi special Restaurants dream of every child called Pannnekoeken huis(meanining pancake house).The one I was in had about 40 different sweet and savory pancakes.They were huuuuuuuuge and lunch in it self.Every table had a bottle of sugar syrup and powder sugar.
    Actually describing this I just wanted to say I don't think theu thought of thsi yummy version as is presented here:)

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  2. This looks delicious, Donna. Love your photo at the top of this page. The banana sauce is making me hungry! I need to go start my own breakfast now.

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  3. I love pancakes and I honestly think the best ones are made with either ricotta or sour cream. my personal opinion but those are my fav. I love the syrup with banana and pecans! YUMMMMMMM

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  4. Yum! I have some ricotta in my fridge. These are going to need to be made!! Love it!

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  5. I have never had ricotta pancakes, but I do love just about everything made with that wonderful cheese, and your pancakes do sound delicious!
    Thanks so much for stopping by today so I could find your blog!
    Cheers
    Dennis

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  6. I found your blog through Dennis' blog. These pancakes look fantastic:)I love baking with ricotta and will have to try this out.

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  7. For some strange reason I have a terrible craving for pancakes! I can almost smell 'em and bet they taste fantastic. Light and fluffy speaks to me :)

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  8. These look so good! I once had pecan pie pancakes at IHOP that were so good. These look even better because they have banana too! I've never had ricotta pancakes, but they sound wonderful!

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  9. Lovely pancakes! I've never tried ricotta pancakes before but I bet they taste heavenly. Like a pancake should :)

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  10. I've never made ricotta pancakes, but I bet they are fabulous! Now I'm off to be dazzled by your guest post and wonderful chocolate dessert :)

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  11. Pancakes are delicious anyway, but pancakes made with ricotta are even more delicious. Yum! Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and becoming my newest follower. Following you back and looking forward to your posts!

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  12. Isn't it the best when you watch the people you love really enjoy the meals you prepare?? Best part about cooking (besides eating), in my opinion.

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