Blood Orange Ricotta Pancakes

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I have an intense love for anything involving ricotta.  I bought a tub of the amazing, soft, textured goodness and then proceeded to eat all of it in a week.  Yes, I (with at least a little bit of help from Le Boyfriend) ate two pounds of whole milk ricotta in a week without feeling bad about it for even a second.  It is that good.

Ricotta addiction aside, I’ve been checking out this recipe for quite a while.  The blog where I found it made plain ricotta pancakes topped with lemon curd.  This sounded amazing, but I didn’t have any lemon curd and I really wanted the citrus flavor in the pancakes themselves.  Using a blood orange was a total accident, but a delicious accident.  I just grabbed any orange at the store because oranges are awesome!

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Bowl #1: 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar, and a pinch of salt.  Zest your orange into this container.  It’ll be clumpy, but don’t worry.  It’ll all work out.

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Bowl #2: a cup of drained ricotta, 3/4 cup of milk, and 3 egg yolks.  Mix it all up and add a squirt of fresh blood orange juice.

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Bowl #3: beat your three egg whites with another squeeze of the orange juice until stiff peaks form.

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It’s finally time to put it all together.  Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients and mix until there aren’t any large clumps.  In a couple of batches, fold your egg whites into the batter.

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After that, you know the drill.  Butter up a griddle on medium-high heat and cook those babies.

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I topped mine with syrup, but I think they could have been really amazing with a fruit sauce poured over the top, or even just some fresh orange and grapefruit slices.  I love these pancakes because the orange flavor really stands out.  Also, there is so much air in them from the egg whites that they make that “ffssss…” sound every time you cut into them.

Buy the wrong oranges, eat pancakes.  Life is good.

Enjoy!

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Hello! My name is Sarah. I'm a violinist and I love everything to do with food. Follow me on my cooking and eating adventures!
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