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Ricotta pancakes

(read in Italian)

If you want to make a stack of fluffy and soft pancakes in a matter of minutes, ricotta is the secret ingredient you should be looking for! By adding in the batter a bit of lemon zest, you’ll get the freshest and delicious combination that will help you to start the day with a smile.

I love pancakes with a “fluffy factor” on point and a soft custardy inside. That’s why I often add bananas (for the best creamy result, I blend them with the liquid of choice, based on which recipe I’m using), yogurt, or kefir to the batter. Another idea for getting soft pancakes that taste like a delicious decadent chocolate cake involves avocado (I’ve shared the recipe for my chocolate avocado pancakes here). To improve the texture of your pancakes, you can also add some cooked pumpkin into the batter and prepare a tasty Autumn-themed breakfast (you can use my recipe with plenty of spices and whole grain flour).

There are several recipes in which ricotta is paired with buttermilk, to increase the softness of the pancakes: here I’ve decided to keep the things simple and use an extra ingredient that’s always available in my house (plain yogurt).

WHAT IS EXACTLY THAT MAKES THESE PANCAKES EXTRA FLUFFY?

It’s a combination of factors. We can find the answer to this question thinking about chemistry and considering the composition of the key ingredients of the recipe.

RICOTTA PANCAKES

Ingredients:

In a medium-sized bowl, combine eggs, ricotta, yogurt, ginger, lemon zest, and approx. 50 ml of water. Mix well these ingredients and start adding the flour (add also more liquid in small portions, if necessary). Stir until there are no lumps but don’t overmix the batter. Heat a frying pan, preferably a non-stick one, on medium heat with approx. 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil (but if you have a good non-stick pan, you can even cook them without it). Use 2-3 tbsp for each pancake, moving the pan until the batter is evenly distributed. Cook each pancake until it can be easily flipped with a spatula. Gently mix the batter before cooking each pancake. Using these quantities, you will be able to make approx. 8-9 pancakes.

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