Happy Mother's Day
Skip the brunch line today and take her out next week. I promise you'll enjoy it more. No one wants to work Mother's Day brunch and yet everyone will be there.
Get some coffee started. Give the kids some crayons, put on Moana, or send them outside. Haul yourself to the kitchen and make these pancakes stat.
If your house is well stocked or you're reading this on Saturday (thus going to the grocery store), pull out the bacon and a nice fruit salad. Bonus points for champagne. You are aware the the excellence of breakfast is in direct proportion to the number of beverage on the table, right?
LEMON RICOTTA PANCAKES
with Butter and High Quality Maple Syrup (if you have any sense at all)
1 cup ricotta cheese
Zest of 1 lemon
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
3/4 cup (ideally whole) milk
2 large eggs, separated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Butter, for cooking
I'm obsessed with Calabro Organic Whole Milk Ricotta. If you can't find organic, the Calabro is widely available and a perfect consistency for this recipe.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Stir ricotta, lemon zest, milk, egg yolks, and vanilla in a separate, larger bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the ricotta and milk mixture, and stir until combined.
Whip the egg whites with a whisk until you have very soft peaks. I'd never get my mixer out for this but you certainly can if you prefer dirtying up extra tools. Stir 1/3 of the whites into the mix. Then very gently fold in the remaining whites with a spatula, taking care not to deflate the bubbles you just made from the egg whites.
Heat a griddle pan or frying pan to medium-high. Melt enough butter in the pan to coat the surface. Use a 1/3-cup measure to pour batter onto the hot griddle. Cook the pancakes for about 3 or 4 minutes, until the golden and you see a few bubbles popping through the pancakes. Flip and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, until golden on both side. Repeat with the remaining pancakes, keeping batches warm in a 250 degree oven as needed. OR, serve everyone bacon, fruit and coffee and dole out hot-off-the-griddle-pancakes as they're ready.
Douse with creamy salted butter and top with syrup.
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