Ricotta & Blueberry Pancakes
I'm not really a breakfast person or even a brunch person. Maybe it's because I like to sleep in and by the time I wake up and get dressed, it's lunch time;o) Every so often, we do go out for brunch and found a great restaurant near us called BLD (it stands for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner). They serve the best Ricotta & Blueberry Pancakes! This was the first time I had ricotta in pancakes and loved it!
I got some freshly made ricotta over the weekend, so I decided I wanted to try to make these pancakes. The problem was that I am TERRIBLE at making pancakes!! I thought I can go the easy route and buy Bisquick and somehow incorporate the ricotta into it. Wrong! I was actually able to find Neal Fraser's (owner of BLD) recipe on the internet and after reading it decided I needed to make it from scratch because I needed to put whipped egg whites in it. I don't think chefs share their true recipes because these did not turn out like the restaurant's pancakes and even the picture that was posted with the recipe looked more like the ones I ended up making. After reading the recipe, I decided the freshly made ricotta was too nice to mix in with the pancake batter. I also was out of baking powder and needed to go to the grocery store again anyway, so I got some of the grocery brand ricotta too.
Neal Fraser's Recipe...
Dry & Wet Ingredients
Dry: Flour, Baking Powder & Salt
Wet: Yolks, Milk, Ricotta, Sugar & Vanilla
I've whipped egg whites with the immersion blender before and it worked fine, but for some reason it was taking forever for it to get stiff this time. Duh, I was using the wrong attachment! I needed to change it to the whisk attachment...lol It worked after that :o)
Batter with Whipped Egg White & Extra Ricotta
In the recipe you mixed in the ricotta smoothly with the batter, but I wanted little pockets of ricotta. I used the grocery store ricotta for the main batter then I added a little bit of the fresh ricotta when I folded in the egg whites.
Finished batter, nice & fluffy...
Isn't it funny how they say that you always end up throwing out the first pancake. They aren't kidding...I guess it's because the heat needs to adjust. After the batter cooked for a few minutes I added the blueberrys.
It looks a little underdone, but it tasted great with a lot of maple syrup:o) I also topped it with a little bit more of the good ricotta and blueberries.
Fresh Made Ricotta
I promised the cheese man that I would not throw out the leftovers;o) He said it would be good on toast with a little honey or on crackers with a little bit of olive oil. It's so good, I like to just eat it plain too! I will be using it on pasta later...
Grocery Store Ricotta
See the difference, the fresh one has a nicer color and isn't so smooth. This one looks like vanilla ice cream!