Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes topped with Blueberry Butter and a Mixed Berry Compote. from #dietersdownfall.comLemon Ricotta Pancakes made with Homemade Ricotta Cheese and Blueberry Butter topped with a Mixed Berry Compote

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In just awesome news, I think I’ve made my best batch of pancakes ever! I’m normally a pancake mix kinda gal. I prefer Bisquick because it tends to cook up thicker and fluffier pancakes, in my humble opinion. I like my flapjacks with butter and syrup. If I go out for breakfast, I’ll splurge on some blueberry pancakes, but I don’t like really thick jellied fruit on my stack.

You know the kind that’s almost like pie filling… it’s thick and overly sweet and you know it’s packed with a ton of sugar. Yeah. That kind. Blech! I no likey.

Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries piled high on Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. from #dietersdownfall.comHowever, this Mixed Berry Compote that I made was perfect form me.  I loved it on my griddlecakes! It was just the berries, a touch of honey and some lemon juice.

And I loved how it paired so well with the lemon pancakes!

To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever had Ricotta Pancakes before. Zoinks! Thank goodness I rectified that! I was a bit nervous about how the taste and texture of the sour cheese would be when mixed into  light and fluffy egg whites. Having never tried them before I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Enjoy the pancakes plain, with blueberry butter, with mixed berries and with maple syrup! from #dietersdownfall.comEven after I made them and photographed them, I was nervous to EAT them. But then… I did… And I was like “Holy Cow! Why was I such a scaredy-cat?” I admit. I had no idea what I had been missing out on.  Pure Awesomeness!

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Layers of Lemon Ricotta Pancakes covered with mixed berries and blueberry butter. from #dietersdownfall.com

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

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Serves: 12

These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes were light and fluffy! The flavor combination of the lemon and mixed berries was amazing!
For the Mixed Berry Compote
  • 2 cups of mixes Berries - blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
For the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for coating the frying pan and serving
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon packed finely grated lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
For the Mixed Berry Compote
  1. Add all the ingredients into a small saucepan and cook over medium heat. The berries will start to burst and release their juice. Cook for 5 minutes until desired tenderness is reached, then set aside to cool while preparing the pancakes.
For the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir the milk and butter until the butter melts. Then allow to cool.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and give it a little toss to mix.
  3. Separate the eggs. Place the egg yolks into a large bowl and the egg whites into your mixer bowl.
  4. With your whisk attachment, whisk the egg white on medium speed. Add in 1 tablespoon of sugar and salt when the whites are foamy. Continue whipping the eggs until soft peaks form.
  5. Mix the yolks, 1 tablespoon of sugar, lemon zest and vanilla and whisk until it it light yellow and creamy. Gradually whisk in ¼ of the warm milk being careful to temper the eggs and not cook the eggs. Then pour in all the milk in and stir until smooth.
  6. Add the flour to the egg/milk mixture and gently stir until just combined.
  7. Fold ⅓ of the egg whites into the batter. Gently fold the batter over the whites being careful not to pop the air bubbles out.
  8. Fold in half the ricotta the same way, followed by ⅓ of the egg white, the remainder of the ricotta and the rest of the egg white.
  9. Heat a large griddle to 375 deg F or a fry pan over medium high heat.
  10. Lightly coat the griddle with some butter and pour a ½ cup of batter on to the hot surface. Watch for bubbles to form and the edges to firm up, then flip over and cook for another minute. If you like a "marbled" pancake skin, add more butter before each addition. If you prefer an all over brown pancake, then do not add any more butter between batches.
  11. Store in a warm oven or in a Pancake Keeper until ready to serve.
Recipe from here.

Homemade Ricotta is all milk, no artificial anything! Make it as wet or as dry as you like. from #dietersdownfall.com

Find the Recipe for the Homemade Ricotta HERE.









Whole Blueberries mixed in with Butter to make a yummy butter for a special breakfast. from #dietersdownfall.comFind the recipe for the Blueberry Butter HERE.


  1. Oh wow…those look amazing Karyn!! I love the combination of lemon and berries, so perfect together.

  2. I’m so glad you decided to enjoy your pancakes! Ricotta cheese is also amazing in crepes

  3. Marjory Betchkal says:

    What an awesome recipe. Time to get ingredients.

  4. I am so hungry looking at these pancakes. They are beautiful and sound delicious!
    I found your great blog from Lemon Tree Dwelling blog hop.
    Diane Roark
    I pinned it!

  5. WOW – these look delicious – thanks for linking them up to our Marvelous Monday party – pinned!

  6. I want these for breakfast tomorrow! Love the pictures!

  7. These are GORGEOUS pancakes, love the compote! I’m totally with you in hating the overly sweet, jelly-like fruit toppings, but this one looks so fresh and I bet it pairs beautifully with the lemon ricotta pancakes. Pinned!

  8. Oh these look amazing!!!! They look so soft and fluffy!!! YUM!!!

  9. Looking so great and amazing. I like this food.I want this food In my breakfast in every morning.

  10. consuelohoneyandfigs says:

    These pancakes look utterly delicious, I’m a big fan of ricotta and lemon, so I can’t wait to give these a go! And your pictures are gorgeous, I’m in awe. Have a nice day! : )

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      What a nice compliment. I was really trying to capture the yumminess of the brunch. I was thrilled with it! Thank you.

  11. Great recipe. These look delicious.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  12. These pancakes are drool worthy, Karyn! I have never had ricotta pancakes either, but the name makes me hungry, not nervous. I can’t wait to try your recipe. (P.S. I don’t like pie filling on top of my pancakes either. Or cheesecake for that matter!)

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      Haha! I’m such a picky eater that almost anything new makes me nervous. And I’m with you on the cheesecakes as well.

  13. Made this for breakfast yesterday. It was super yummy and It tasted good itself. Yum yum yum…. I definitely will make this pancake again and agin…….

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      So glad that you liked them! I thought they were amazing! Sometimes I just wish that someone else would make them.


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