Nothing says Sunday like these Lemon Ricotta Pancakes! For anyone who knows me, they know that my favorite meal of the day is by far breakfast. I love breakfast. I love to eat everything from eggs to bagels with lox, to french toast and croissants. Honestly, I could eat breakfast for every meal of the day and never get sick of it.
Growing up, my dad always had breakfast ready for us before we went off the school and I have no doubt that that fueled my passion for breakfast. While my dad would rotate through options for us, such as french toast, toad in a hole, or corned beef hash, my favorite was always pancakes.
If smelled pancakes as I reached the balcony coming from my room down to the kitchen, I knew it was going to be a great day (regardless of what Neal Augenstein from WTOP was reporting over our radio, which my dad always played in the morning)! The thing about my dad’s pancakes that differed from traditional pancakes, is that I always preferred to have them with butter and strawberry jam to maple syrup.
I was once told that one’s best work is a reflection of himself and his personal experiences. Well, as a chef, I can truly put these pancakes on my “Greatest Hits” list. While they may be viewed as “just pancakes”, this recipe is so much more. They have all the components of any truly great dish. The way the fluffy pancake serves as the perfect vessel for the rich, yet tart, lemon curd that pairs perfectly with strawberries picked locally in the heart of spring.
The key difference between the makeup of these pancakes from many others are two key ingredients: the ricotta and the lemon zest.
In addition to the ricotta and lemon zest, the rest of the ingredients are the base of all great buttermilk pancakes:
These are seriously the best pancakes we've ever had! We can't wait for you to give them a try.
Cheers and eat well!
The absolute best rich and fluffy pancakes enriched with ricotta and topped with lemon curd and fresh strawberries! A Sunday in a plate kind of dish.
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