Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

04.20.2018

These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are some of the best pancakes you’ll ever eat! Just imagine your favorite pancake recipe, now add an Italian flair to it with creamy ricotta and fresh lemon. They’ve got to be good right? These pancakes are melt-in-your-mouth soft and tender, they’re perfectly fluffy, and you’ll love that bit of brightness and tang from the lemon. These are the perfect pancakes for spring or summer and they’re likely to become a new family favorite!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Ricotta Cheese in Pancakes?

Some of you may be thinking, really, cheese in pancakes? If you are, it’s not a savory cheesy taste like you might be imagining. You don’t taste the ricotta here, it just adds so much moisture, it makes these seem like really buttery pancakes when really there’s only 1 Tbsp of butter.

It isn’t like having a lasagna filling mixed into a pancake batter. Ewwwww. Think more of on the sweets side of what ricotta can create like my:

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Ricotta is one of the few cheeses that can be mixed into something that isn’t savory and it works wonders. Similar to the idea of cream cheese (but ricotta isn’t tangy and it has a thinner texture).

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

How To Make Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Like other pancake recipes these are so easy to whip up. The ingredients you need include staples like flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, milk, eggs, vanilla and butter then you’ll also need a couple of lemons and some ricotta cheese (I’ve used both whole and low-fat, whole makes them a little richer but use what you’d like).

  • First preheat your electric griddle or a a non-stick skillet or griddle over a stove top work as well (they just don’t need to preheat quite as long).
  • Then in one bowl whisk together the dry ingredients and make a well (or big bowl shape) in the center using your hands.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the milk, eggs and ricotta.
  • Then to the milk mixture pour in melted butter, lemon zest and lemon juice and whisk just to blend.
  • Immediately pour that wet mixture into the flour mixture and whisk it with a large whisk just to combined (remember lumps are good in pancake batter, it means the batter isn’t over-mixed and equals fluffier pancakes).

bowl of pancake flour mixture egg milk ricotta mixture being poured in

  • Then butter the griddle just before you are going to pour the batter on otherwise it burns (or vegetable oil works as well).
  • Pour 1/3 cup batter onto griddle at a time and leave plenty of space between them, then let the griddle work it’s magic and cook them until the bottom is golden brown.
  • Flip using a large spatula and cook opposite side until golden brown.
  • And of course, serve immediately drizzled with syrup.

pancakes being cooked on a electric griddle

Variations on These Pancakes

You can also add blueberries or raspberries to these pancakes. I like to add the berries to individual pancakes after I’ve ladled out the batter onto the griddle. This way you get the same amount in each pancake and they are evenly spaced.

You could also add in chocolate chips and swap the lemon zest for orange zest because who doesn’t love that chocolate orange combo. And while you’re at it, if going that route why not add a bit of cinnamon to give it that cannoli flair. Doesn’t that sound dreamy??

stack of lemon ricotta pancakes swirled around on a large plate garnished with lemon slices and strawberries

What to Serve Over These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

These pancakes are so good that no one would complain if you only topped them with a dusting of powdered sugar but if you really want to impress then serve these with Fresh Strawberry Syrup or Fresh Blueberry Syrup and lightly sweetened whipped cream.

If you don’t have time to go all out you can just use store-bought berry syrup or jam. Lemon curd would be delicious, and maple syrup is fine too.

stack of lemon ricotta pancakes swirled around on a large plate garnished with lemon slices and strawberries

Best Weekend Breakfast!

These Lemon Ricotta Pancakes will quickly become the highlight to your weekend breakfast menu! Anyone else have a saturday or sunday breakfast tradition every week that the whole family looks forward too? We do at my house and these are one of those recipes we’ve had again and again because everyone absolutely loves them.

They’ll get you through that hectic work week when you’ve got these to look forward to on saturday morning!

stack of eight lemon ricotta pancakes topped with fresh blueberries and mint maple syrup poured over pancakes lemon slices added on plate for garnish

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Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

4.85 from 13 votes

The most moist and delicious lemony pancakes! You don't taste the ricotta it just lends richness and moisture. These have been one of my favorites for years, everyone who tries these loves them! My favorite way to serve them is with fresh strawberry or blueberry syrup (see links in notes). Yields about 13 pancakes.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 375 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (214g) all-purpose flour (scoop and level to measure)
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp (46g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (236ml) milk
  • 3/4 cup (180g) ricotta (low-fat or whole)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp lemon zest (depending on how lemony you want them)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp (14g) butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat an electric griddle to moderately-high heat (or us a non-stick skillet set over medium heat).

  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds.

  3. Make a well in center of flour mixture and set aside. 
  4. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together milk, ricotta, eggs and vanilla until well blended.
  5. Add butter, lemon zest and lemon juice to milk mixture and blend until combined (it will curdle a little, that's fine).

  6. Immediately pour milk mixture into flour mixture and whisk just to combined (batter should be slightly lumpy). 

  7. Pour 1/3 cup batter onto buttered griddle or skillet and cook until bubbles begin to appear on surface and bottom is golden brown, then flip and cook opposite side until golden brown. 
  8. Serve warm dusted with powdered sugar if desired and drizzled with maple or berry syrup.
  9. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Recipe Notes

Strawberry Syrup Recipe HERE.

Blueberry Syrup Recipe HERE.

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 341mg 14%
Potassium 358mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 7.1%
Calcium 20.4%
Iron 18.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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79 comments

  • Lisa Hooven-Corp: The first recipe I tried, after having them at a restaurant, in Cleveland (and those were phenometal). These, however, weren’t quite as lemony or sweet, in comparison. They were good, but not the “great” I was looking for. I even used the full amount and then some of the lemon suggested. September 23, 2018 at 10:21am Reply

  • Sindy: I’ve made these and they are deliouse! Do you know if the would freeze well? September 22, 2018 at 7:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tried myself but they should freeze well with parchment between each. Glad you liked them! September 23, 2018 at 10:38am Reply

  • Mary: Could a flour with more fiber be used in place of all purpose? September 21, 2018 at 8:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tested so I can’t say for sure but generally white whole wheat or whole wheat pastry flour are good substitutes, sometimes to keep a good texture though using half white flour then 1/2 other flour is ideal. October 6, 2018 at 12:57am Reply

  • Chris: Really good. My 9 yr old said they’re the best pancakes he’s every had 😁 September 9, 2018 at 9:31am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m glad to hear that Chris! Thanks for your review! September 9, 2018 at 4:43pm Reply

  • Hannah: I wanted to try a new, unique pancake recipe today that involved lemon and ricotta and found this recipe. Let’s just say, my mom and I thoroughly enjoyed them. They were lemony, sweetness was just right, the ricotta added the perfect amount of moistness with that special touch of cream flavor. I have some leftover batter I will be using for tomorrow’s breakfast. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! July 16, 2018 at 4:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for letting me know it was enjoyed! July 28, 2018 at 12:41pm Reply

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