My go to topping for pancakes is usually Agave Nectar but you could easily use whatever you want. I think next time I want to try lemon curd because I have been seriously craving it for a couple weeks.
Also, usually I add a little beer (usually cheap lager) or champagne (when making mimosa) to make the pancakes fluffier but I wanted to try it without this time. These were plenty fluffy might try next time.
My cast iron griddle is a long one that goes across 2 burners so I was able to cook 2 pancakes at once, your cooking time may vary if you can only cook 1 at a time.
This morning I woke up and could not think of what to make for breakfast and realised that I pretty much only had ingredients for pancakes. Then I remembered that I still had some ricotta from the meatballs I made last week. I've put different things in pancakes (I love pancakes) but never ricotta.
- Place the Ricotta Cheese in the fine mesh strainer over a bowl to drain off the excess liquid for about 30 minutes.
- At this point, start heating up a cast iron griddle over medium or medium-low heat.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the Flour, Baking Powder, Sugar, and Kosher Salt.
- Separate the Egg Whites from the Egg Yolks. Place the Egg Whites in a small bowl and place the Egg Yolks in a large bowl.
- Add the drained Ricotta, Whole Milk, and Vanilla to the Egg Yolks in the large bowl. Stir to combine.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir gentle until just combined. Set aside.
- Beat the Egg Whites with a handheld mixer until stiff (about 1 – 2 minutes starting on low and gradually going to high).
- Stir a small scoop of the beaten Egg Whites in the pancake batter.
- Fold in the remaining Egg Whites in the pancake batter with a spatula.
- Test the griddle to see if the temperature is right. Drop a few drops of cold water in the middle of the griddle, if the water bounces and sputters, the temperature is right. If the water just sits and boils, the temperature is is too cold and if the water water evaporates immediately, the temperature is too hot. Adjust the burner if needed.
- Melt a small bit of butter on the griddle just enough to coat the surface.
- Using a measuring cup, drop 1/3 of a cup of pancake butter on the hot griddle. Cook the pancakes until the bottom is golden and bubbles are starting to pop through (about 3 – 4 minutes). Flip the pancakes and cook until the other side is golden (about 2 – 3 minutes). Repeat until all the batter is used up.
- Serve immediately topped with your favourite pancake topping.