If you’re looking for the fluffiest pancakes around, look no further than these easy Ricotta Pancakes!
There are two kinds of people in this world. People who love pancakes, and people who are wrong.
That’s right, I said it. Pancakes are the best, and anyone who disagrees can fight me. Or meet me for coffee and a friendly debate. I’m up for either.
Listen up, pancake haters. I get it. I’ve had pancakes that were thin and flavorless, rubbery, gummy, or only slightly removed from the taste and texture of cardboard.
But once I had great pancakes—I’m talking thick, puffy, buttery, fluffy pancakes—French toast just couldn’t compare.
My favorite weekend breakfast is a plate of hot-off-the-griddle pancakes, topped with a dab of butter and smothered in real maple syrup.
Sometimes I add bananas or peanut butter, sometimes a side of bacon. Occasionally I make strawberry and chocolate chip pancakes. But really, when you start with amazing pancakes, you don’t need all the extras.
Before ricotta pancakes entered my life, these Perfect Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes were my go-to. They’re my first love, the recipe that convinced me it was 1000% worth it to ditch the box and make pancakes from scratch.
That said, this ricotta pancake recipe is giving my old favorite a run for its money.
Why yes, yes it is. And that same secret ingredient that makes moist, tender meatballs and creamy pastas also happens to make the richest, fluffiest pancakes around.
How to Make Ultra Fluffy Pancakes
In case you’re worried, these pancakes don’t taste cheesy or like lasagna (thank God). The ricotta just makes them extra moist and fluffy, with a custardy texture that is positively divine.
Like my favorite buttermilk pancake recipe, these ricotta pancakes use separated eggs to impart more fluffiness. I’ve never found it necessary to go to the trouble of whipping the egg whites. Just give them a quick whisk with a fork so they’re not quite so gloopy (that’s a word, right?), then stir them into the batter at the very e
If you have time, allowing the batter to sit for 10-15 minutes before cooking will also aid in fluffiness. I usually just let it sit while I preheat the griddle.
Speaking of the griddle, make sure it’s hot before you place any batter in the pan. It’s ready when drops of water sizzle on contact. I love using an electric griddle for these because you can make a lot of pancakes at once, and the completely flat surface allows them to cook more evenly.
I prefer frying pancakes in butter. The combination of butter + the hot pan forms the perfect crispy edges and custardy centers.
What to serve with Ricotta Pancakes
If you want to use this recipe as your standard pancake recipe, it’s absolutely perfect as is. But if you’d like to give them a zesty twist, feel free to omit the vanilla extract, and replace it with a Tablespoon of lemon juice and the zest of one lemon.
I like to serve these ricotta pancakes with fresh berries and maple syrup or sliced bananas and pecans. If you make the lemon version, a couple of blueberries dotted into the batter while they’re cooking is heavenly.
Can you freeze pancakes?
Absolutely! This pancake recipe makes just enough for our small family, but you can absolutely freeze any leftover pancakes! These easily reheat in the microwave and can make for a great quick and easy breakfast treat.
I hope you love these as much as my family does! If you give them a try, come back to let me know what you think!
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 cup full fat ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup milk (not skim)
- 2 eggs, separated
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or sub lemon juice + zest of 1 lemon for a twist)
- Butter, for frying and serving
- In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar.
- In another bowl, whisk the ricotta, milk and 2 egg yolks until most of the ricotta is smooth and not clumpy.
- In another bowl, quickly whisk the egg whites. They don't have to be beaten into peaks, they just need to be thinned out a bit so they're easier to incorporate.
- Add the ricotta mixture to the flour mixture and stir gently until mostly combined. It's actually good if the batter remains a little lumpy. Gently incorporate the egg whites. Allow the mixture to sit while you preheat a skillet.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat. It's ready when a drop of water sizzles on the surface. Add a dab of butter or oil to the pan (I prefer butter). Place 1/4 cup dollops of batter onto the hot skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip and continue to cook until heated throughout. Repeat with remaining batter.
- To keep cooked pancakes warm, place them on a cookie cooling rack in an oven set to the lowest temperature it will go.
- Serve warm with berries, bananas, and real maple syrup. (Or whatever toppings suit your fancy).
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 530 Total Fat: 19g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 157mg Sodium: 1214mg Carbohydrates: 61g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 9g Protein: 29g