Oct 7, 2012

Orange Ricotta Pancakes #SundaySupper

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. 


a bit adapted from April Bloomfield via Food & Wine, Annual Cookbook 2011


Orange syrup:
1 orange
¼ cup sugar

Whipped ricotta:
1 cup fresh ricotta
3 Tbs cream
1 Tbs sugar

Pancake batter:
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
Confectioners´ sugar


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.
Serve immediately.
Makes about 12 pancakes.

Just look at all of the fabulous dishes being offered up this week by the Sunday Supper group:

Sunrise  (Breakfast and Brunch)
Erin from Dinners Dishes and Desserts is baking up some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Heather from Girlichef is bringing Pumpkin Doughnuts with Spiced Buttermilk Glaze
Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes is making Pumpkin Donut Puffs
Patti from Comfy Cuisine is bringing  Classic Orange Marmalade
Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is making Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins with Craisins and Walnuts
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet is cooking up some Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal
Chelsea from Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence is bringing Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with Chai Icing

High Noon (Soups, Salads and Sandwiches)
Renee from Magnolia Days is serving up some Butternut Squash Soup
Beate from Galactopdx is bringing her Carrot Ginger Soup
Jen from Juanita’s Cocina is making some Curried Sweet Potato Salad With Cranberries and Pecans
Megan from I Run For Wine is making Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash and Italian Sausage Soup
Sarah from What Smells So Good is filling our bowls with some Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Alice from Hip Foodie Mom is coming with her Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad
Susan from The Wimpy Vegetarian is making Cider – Spiced Sweet Potato Soup
Tora from Tora’s Real Food is bringing Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food is making Monty’s Pumpkin Soup
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry is bringing Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Soup
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is whipping up some Mandarin Chicken Salad

Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)
Shelia from Pippis In The Kitchen Again is serving her Roasted Squash and Ricotta with Honey
Patsy from Famfriendsfood is bringing her Carrot Souffle
Laura from Small Wallet Big Appetite is bringing Chicken and Sweet Potato Fritters
Mehereen from Chattering Kitchen is making Sichuan Orange Glazed Chicken with Toasted Sesame Seeds
Tammi from Momma’s Meals is making Hearty Pork Stew
Kristin from Kwistin’s Favorites is making Orange Chicken
Soni from Soni’s Food For Thought is cooking up some Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie is cooking up some Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Dara from Generation Y Foodie is bringing Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Brandie from Home Cooking Memories is sharing a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar

By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)
Carla from Chocolate Moosey is making Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin Butter Caramel Sauce
Heather from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks is offering up some Pumpkin Cake Truffles
Shelia from Cooking Underwriter is bringing Sweet Potato Bacon Beet Salsa
Anne from Webicurean  is making some Drunken Pumpkin Bread
Karen from In The Kitchen With KP is making Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Leslie La Cocina De Leslie is making Sweet Potato Atole
Seet Fei from My Trials in The Kitchen is bringing Sweet Potatoes Mini Balls
Tara from Noshing With The Nolands is bringing Oranges En Suprise
Susan from The Girl in The Red Kitchen is making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone with Pumpkin Glaze
Isabel from Family Foodie is baking up Moist Pumpkin Bread
Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings is baking up a Vegan Pumpkin Orange Cake
Brenda from Meal Planning Magic is whipping up some Creamy Pumpkin Dip
Laura from Family Spice is making some Unprocessed and Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
Kathya from Basic and Delicious is baking up Butternut Squash and Carrot Bread
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is serving up Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
Stephanie from The Cookie A Day Challenge is whipping up some Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches
Katie from She Like Ruffles, He Likes Truffles is bringing Pumpkin Harvest Cookies
Nancy from Gotta Get Baked is baking up some Orange Macadamia Dark Chocolate Cookies
Angie from Big Bear’s Wife  is bringing Orange Soda Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Katy from Happy Baking Days is bringing Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze
Sandra from Midlife Road Trip is bringing Orange ya glad it’s fall! Hungarian Apricot/Walnut pastries

Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper.
We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm(Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper  live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes featuring our favorite fall color.
All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat.
We’d also love to feature your easy go to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.
Come hungry!


  1. Wow...this is wonderful, Paula! This Orange Ricotta Pancakes also look refreshing with the orange strips and syrup on top of it. Thanks so much for sharing such a great recipe with us.

  2. Orange and Ricotta is a new mix to me sounds like a great combo!

  3. These sound so delicious Paula! What a great Holiday breakfast this would be!

  4. Wow - orange syrup and whipped ricotta on pancakes?!?! Sign me up please! They sound amazing.

  5. Paula, these look divine! makes me want to have orange pancakes for breakfast....but I don't have an orange or ricotta:(

  6. I forgot to ask, what do you have against homemade cookies?

    1. Nothing at all! It´s just that I´m not interested in eating them. Don´t really know why, because I do bake them and like to do it! I´d rather eat something else.

  7. Oh my, these look heavenly. Lovely photos too!!

  8. Love these pancakes. Especially the orange syrup.

  9. What a great idea I will have to try to make Gluten Free

  10. These look amazing! I wish I could have some this morning. Any chance you deliver to California? :-)

  11. I promise never to make you homemade cookies if you'll make me a HUGE batch of these!

  12. Those look so good! Count me in your California deliveries ha!

  13. Paula, these look devine. Does the delivery extend to Oregon ;) ~ Be a

  14. These look so golden and orange. Fantastic!

  15. The only pancakes I ever make are chocolate chip. Maybe some morning I'll make these instead!

    I totally know what you mean about explaining a food blog. I just tell people I write about food or I have a website about food. They still don't get how I'm always busy with it though ;)

  16. @WinpyVegetarian @Webicurean @GermaninPdx - Ladies, I wouldn´t mind travelling and delivering them to you, not at all!! LOL

  17. Okay, Paula... If you don't like homemade cookies, does that include the alfajores???? How can you NOT like them? I can understand not liking celebrations as they are often exclusive of other people... I like fully inclusive ones, myself! These pancakes, especially with the whipped ricotta and candied oranges, sound unbelievable! They are a bit like my lemon soufflé pancakes but with much more interest. Can't wait to try them! ~David

    1. 1) alfajores is not a cookie...
      2) I like homemade cookies, I´m just not at all interested in eating them, don´t know why really.
      3)I don´t like to celebrate on a certain day just because I´m supposed to... sometimes I´m just not in the mood
      4) I´m going right now to check your lemon souffle pancakes!
      5) I knew the cookies comment was going to come back to bite me...!

  18. Just finished a 11-mile run and pancakes are a great re-fuel. Wish I had the ingredients to make these right now.

  19. Paula, your post made me laugh, especially since my post this week is home-made cookies and extolling their virtues. At least we're on the same page with pancakes - I LOVE THEM! And this orange ricotta version looks amazing. I especially love those gorgeous toppings. This is the perfect breakfast all year round.

  20. I love ricotta pancakes! So light and fluffy and most definitely worth the extra task of whipping up some egg whites. I generally pair them with lemon, but I love the addition of orange instead.

  21. Those look sinfully delicious! It would definitely be an occasion breakfast! So decadent!

  22. For years my husband worked on holidays. Unless it fell on his regular day off he had to go to work. So celebrating holidays on the specific calendar date has not meant that much to me either. I also celebrate when I want. And any excuse to cook or bake is a good one to me.

  23. This looks soo good!!! Great combination orange and ricotta.
    I´ll save the recipe :)

  24. I'm definitely biased towards your delicious pancakes :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  25. Ha! I think I will keep you around despite your shortcomings in the celebrating and cookie-eating departments. These pancakes look delicious. (And I struggle with celebrations too. I never feel like I do enough, and I get resentful about feeling such high demand.)

  26. Well how could you NOT be mad for candied orange peels...just the look of them has my tastebuds in overdrive. These are some extremely tempting pancakes, Paula. For holidays...or every days!! :D

  27. I love lemon-ricotta pancakes and I'll bet orange-ricotta is even better. Thanks for the inspiration!

  28. This is so nice, Paula. I think I could have them now for a snack and then again later for dinner;)

  29. Oh Paula, these sound absolutely fantastic. I've never even had regular ricotta pancakes which I have seen, I must admit the orange ricotta sounds SO much better!

  30. I am all about flavored pancakes-these look delish!

  31. Orange and ricotta...ohhh, what a great combo! It sound absolutely mouthwatering.

  32. I'm always looking to change up pancakes, what a creative idea this is! Looks pretty yummy too! Thanks for sharing.

  33. I love pancakes and cush pancakes with orange syrup and whipped ricotta I would love even more :D

  34. While I appreciate homemade cookies, I'm a sucker for Nestle Tollhouse too ;) The pancakes look amazing!

    Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com

  35. I'm so glad you stuck with this! Not only does it look wonderful, but I love candied orange peels and orange is one of my most favorite flavors. Great job!

  36. You've put me in the mood for pancakes, again :) Gorgeous with the orange syrup...and I need to try ricotta cream AND add some to my pancake batter. Hey oranges are orange, so no worries...I'm just relieved that I'm not the only one making these types of mistakes ;)

  37. This is totally amazing! I would devour these pancakes!

  38. We are such a pancake family and can't wait to try these delicious ones! Thank you for sharing during #SundaySupper!

  39. Wowsers, this could get me out of bed in a hurry in the morning. Looks incredible.

  40. I don't make pancakes very often...I'd have these whenever I was in the mood...even if that meant dinner lol! Nicely done, Paula!

  41. Wow, these really look so amazing!!! I must try! :) Wish I had them for a late night snack right now ;-)

  42. For someone who hasn't made pancakes in over 20 years, these look pretty freakin' terrific! Beautiful! I eat with my eyes first. . and maybe the cookie thing is a good thing. . when I bake cookies, I want to eat the entire batch!!! Love this post. :)

  43. Now this is breakfast done right! If only I could have this every morning!

  44. These look delectable. I know what I will be making for Sunday brunch next. Thanks for sorting out my menu :)

  45. Paula, so many wonderful comments but I think I will add that now that I have seen you make even more lovely pancakes, I definitely will send the kids over to your place, maybe for breakfast, I am convinced that they will devour all your pancakes - just think about all the additional taste testers...oh, the possibilities...

    Have a good Monday!

    1. I´d love that Andrea! The stories they would tell when they got back home about eating all the unhealthy foods...lol!

  46. We love making orange and ricotta pancakes too, only we make them with English pancakes which are more like crepes. So perfect for a Sunday brunch

  47. This looks & sounds absolutely divine. The syrup alone makes me drool & love the idea of whipped ricotta topping ! I will making this on a Saturday morning when I usually make pancakes!

  48. These look so gorgeous! What a lovely recipe - I have never tried ricotta in pancakes but I will certainly try it. But no homemade cookies?! I love them!

  49. Too funny. I love that you stuck with your choice those, these pancakes are amazing!

  50. i'm thinking the orange and ricotta topping would be delicious with a plain butter cake too. thanks for the yum!

  51. These look so good Paula! I love adding the ricotta in the pancake batter!


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