Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tasty Tuesdays: Orange Ricotta Pancakes with Vanilla Orange Syrup

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!
Making pancakes for breakfast on the weekend just seems like the right thing to do, doesn't it?  This recipe is unusual - not much flour and a whole lot of ricotta in it's place.  Prep time took a little longer than your typical pancake recipe, but the unusual flavor and texture of the pancakes made it worth the extra time.
I was planning on using maple syrup, but when I realized I had forgotten to buy it at the grocery store, I decided to improvise and made a homemade syrup instead.
Ingredients for Vanilla Orange Syrup:
- 1-1/2 cup sugar
- 1-1/2 cup water
- 1 orange
- 1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons orange juice

To make the syrup:
1.  Add water and sugar to a saucepan.  Heat over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
2.  Use a vegetable peeler to peel the orange skin.  Add pieces to saucepan.  Bring to a simmer and stir occasionally.
3. Juice the orange.  Add two tablespoons of juice and vanilla to saucepan. Use a slotted spoon to remove orange skin; discard.
4.  Continue to simmer for 25 minutes or until syrup reaches desired consistency.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.  Syrup will thicken while cooling.  Any syrup not used for pancakes can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  Bring to room temperature before using.

Ingredients for pancakes:
- 4 Eggs, divided
- 1-1/3 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 Tablespoons orange rind
- 1/2 cup flour
- Dash of salt
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- Berries of your choice, for serving
{ serves 4 }
{ Pancake recipe from the Dash Newspaper insert }
1.  In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks, ricotta, sugar, and orange rind on medium until creamy.  Beat in flour and salt.
2.  In a separate bowl, use a whisk to beat egg white until white and fluffy.  Whisk in
ricotta mixture.
3.  Spoon batter onto a preheated, lightly buttered griddle or fry pan.  When small bubbles appear on surface of pancakes, flip and cook on other side.  Serve pancakes with butter, berries and syrup.

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  1. I can smell the orange from your pancakes... really wonderful.

  2. Thanks so much for hosting! Those pancakes look heavenly!

  3. im normally not a big pancake fan but these look amazing!

  4. I've been wanting to try pancakes with ricotta, these look delish! Thanks for hosting!

  5. Oh man, I'm all over these. Pinning for next weekend!

  6. thanks for the recipe! making it soon!!

  7. What a fantastic idea! These sound absolutely delicious. Can't wait to try :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  8. Your pancakes look so yummy! It does sound like a really unique recipe with all the ricotta. I bet the vanilla orange syrup finishes them off so nicely!

    This week I linked up my cheese-less "naked" mushroom pizza. Thanks for hosting :)

  9. I could eat these off the screen!

  10. These pancakes look amazing! I pinned for an upcoming breakfast! Happy to be back to share today at your foodie party!

  11. Wow! Those sound amazingly delicious!! Must make them soon!

  12. These are similiar to the pancakes I made for dessert last week, although mine were buttermilk, but like you I found I did'nt have maple syrup, but I did have oranges. I also had some Cointreau to which I added a !/4 cup brown sugar, grated orange rind and orange juice, it was so yummy I will be making it again, as well as your recipe, thanks

  13. I don't usually cook but I am going to try these today! I love orange anything! Cheers.

  14. Wow, that orange and blackberry must be divine together! Such a great combination!

  15. YUM! this looks so good! I'm stuck on the almond meal though. Those berries are looking so good! X



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