For someone who hadn't made pancakes in, I don't know, say twenty years, I'm kind of catching up with it this week. First pumpkin chocolate and now the most wonderful orange ricotta pancakes.
When I first read this week's theme for Sunday Supper, which is All Things Orange, hosted by the creative Pam of The Meltaways, I literally thought we had to use oranges, as in the fruit. I'm slow like that sometimes. So I settled for this pancakes and then, as I read the already posted titles, I realised we were supposed to use the color orange! But I'm sticking with my first choice, and I love it.
I don't care much for celebrations, the horror I know, but please don´t write me off the food blogosphere. It is slowly changing, since your company makes celebrating so much fun, not to mention giving me an excuse to bake, bake and bake.
I tell friends and family that having a food blog is like a job, so they would leave me alone and not be appalled at the amount of food I cook every week, for no apparent reason. That is after I explain what a food blog is, which is not a five word explanation here, as in 'I have a food blog'. But that's another story.
Back to our orange concerns, calendar celebrations are all about the food for me, not about gathering with the ones I love. I try to celebrate with them year round, whenever the need to see them strikes me. So october doesn´t mean pumpkin any more than november or july does. But if you give me an orange theme, which is one of my absolute favorite colors, I'm all for it. So oranges it is, both the fruit and the color.
I'm a bit biased when it comes to candied orange skins. I'm mad about them, not at all rational. So these pancakes, which include whipped ricotta and syrupy candied oranges are at the top of my list of wonderful pancake recipes. They are fluffy, with the distinct flavor of orange zest.
Ricotta is wonderful in any kind of pancake, and so is beating egg whites separated from the yolks, and adding them at the end. This recipe has both. Lucky you.
By the way, since I already made a confession I might as well make another one that will surprise you even more: I don't care for homemade cookies. There. You can write me off completely from your list now.
ORANGE RICOTTA PANCAKES
a bit adapted from April Bloomfield via Food & Wine, Annual Cookbook 2011
¼ cup sugar
1 cup fresh ricotta
3 Tbs cream
1 Tbs sugar
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¼ cup almond meal (or very ground almonds)
2 Tbs sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs, separated
½ cup fresh ricotta
Zest of half an orange
Slivered almonds, toasted
For the orange syrup:
Peel the zest of the orange in wide strips, with as little white part as possible. With a sharp knife, cut each piece in thin strips. Add orange strips to boiling water. Boil for 30 seconds, drain and repeat process one more time.
Juice the orange. Measure it and put the juice, same amount of water and ¼ cup sugar in a small saucepan. Add blanched orange strips and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until thick and syrupy. Let cool.
For the whipped ricotta: In a small bowl beat all ingredients until smooth. Keep refrigerated.
For the pancakes:
Mix flour, almond meal, sugar, salt, baking powder and soda in large bowl. Add buttermilk, egg yolks, zest and ricotta. Mix well.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Add to flour mixture with a spatula. Don´t over mix.
Heat a pancake skillet. Add a tiny bit of butter. Add pancake batter using 1/3 cup measure. Cook over medium heat for about 1 ½ to 2 minutes per side.
Arrange on serving plates, add a dollop of whipped ricotta and some orange strips with syrup.
If desired, sprinkle with toasted almonds and confectioners´ sugar.
Makes about 12 pancakes.
Just look at all of the fabulous dishes being offered up this week by the Sunday Supper group:
Sandra from Midlife Road Trip is bringing
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We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes featuring our favorite fall color.