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Lemon Ricotta Mini Pancakes

Loreto April 23, 2016

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I don’t know about you but for me anything mini always is fun and intriguing. just like these lemon ricotta mini pancakes.

Lemon ricotta mini pancakes

I would have to say that after a year of food blogging, we have days that are frustrating and filled with doubt and questions like, are we good enough, are we improving, is there more traffic, maybe the pictures are not that good, or maybe people don’t like our content.  This recipe for Lemon ricotta mini pancakes  recipe has been sitting in our admin hold position for quite a while, until today where I am posting it and it brings to lite just how much progress we have made.



Yes these pictures are not the best, a bit out of focus, but from then till now huge difference in styling and composition, and clarity. I truly believe that if you have a passion for something anything and your true authentic self is on board then that makes for a great successful recipe for anything in life. Often you here the words: “do what you love doing and they will come”, and I know when we cook or bake people come and they eat and eat, like these lemon mini pancakes they were eaten with no complaints. There is a catch and that is attachment, this is where trust comes in an thoughts leave. It is like freedom in action, you just love a do what you do and the universe does the rest, and I have heard there are a lot of guides on the unemployment line as some of us humans have to large an ego to ask for help, and stand aside to let the assistance do their thing, lol. Maybe a bit too philosophical, but it is truly how I feel.

So let’s get to these Lemon Ricotta Mini Pancakes.

Now as for this recipe, which was actually was done 5 months ago or there abouts,  is made with one of my favorite ingredients LEMONS. I love the smell, even the rind as you are grating it into sweet or savory plates gives so much flavor and spark to a dish. In these pancakes the lemon melds well with the batter to give you bite upon bite of that spunky acidic wake me up taste.

Lemon Ricotta Mini Pancakes

The richness of the ricotta and we search high and low for a good creamy ricotta that does not have that granular texture to it, but slides on your tongue with a smoothness I truly enjoy. Somehow we think that the heaviness of the ricotta is going to make these mini pancakes dense, but that is not the case. The trick is in the egg, nicely separated then beat to a stiff peak fluffy and creamy consistency.

Lemon ricotta mini pancakes

I usually sift all my dry ingredients such as the flour all purpose and a little double zero, some baking soda to ensure the lift, a bit of sugar, and pinch of salt. In the wet I blend till smooth some organic milk, ricotta, vanilla, lemon juice. Before I combine them I put the zest of the lemon in the flour and mix it well separating all the zest. What this will give you is a nice texture and flavor boost in each bite of these lemon ricotta pancakes, and as they cook the zest become almost candy like, truly amazing.

Lemon ricotta mini pancakes

The flavor of the pancakes is amazing. You have the crispy edges with that slight buttery and vanilla flavor. Then you come into the airiness of the insides, the jewels of lemon zest, the softness and texture of the cooked batter, and all enticed by the freshness and juiciness of the blueberries and maple syrup. Just plain yummy!

These are so cute in their tininess, and you know what, you can have a good stack without feeling guilty as you have lessened your calories by at least 20 percent, visually speaking, but what the hell live a little. Top these babies with a good quality organic maple syrup, and some fresh blueberries and you’re set to have a wonderful breakfast with the ones you love, or solo which ever you prefer. You may like these so much that will cause your to hoard them all, just kidding, lol. I am a selfless person I love sharing it is the glue that keeps the world together. Enjoy these cute and delicious Lemon Ricotta Mini Pancakes as much as I had fun making them. I dedicate this to my wife who is returning home to me.

Welcome Home!

Song of the day: “Seven” by  Prince.

I would like to take a moment to say that we have lost a musical prodigy, so talented and wise and so much love for humanity. Will miss you.  Your music will live on forever and ever. See you on the other side. Maybe there we could jam sometime.



Lemon Ricotta Mini Pancakes

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes


Something that is really good is you take leftover pancakes and spread your favorite jam on them. Then put a dollop of ice cream and roll them. A great dessert.


  • 3 medium farm fresh organic eggs, divided
  • zest of one small lemon
  • 2 Tbs fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup good quality ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 cup of double zero flour
  • 1/8 cup of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 and 3/4 teaspoons baking powder


  1. In a bowl sift flours, salt, sugar, baking powder.
  2. Zest one lemon into the bowl with dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Take the eggs and separate the yolk from the whites.
  4. Place the yolks into a bowl and mix in milk, vanilla, lemon juice, ricotta cheese.
  5. Slowly pour wet ingredients into the dry and blend till nice and smooth.
  6. Take the egg whites and blend till stiff peaks form. (I usually hold the bowl over my head, if it is not all over me then it is good 🙂 ).
  7. Now fold the egg white into the batter carefully, until well incorporated, but do not over mix.
  8. Heat up a skillet with some butter or oil and place nice spoonfuls of batter forming about a 3 inch or 6 cm circle.
  9. When batter starts to form air pockets flip over and cook till nice and golden brown, and crispy on the edges.
  10. Plate a nice stack on a plate, drizzle with maple syrup, and top with fresh blueberries (or any fruit you like).
  11. Ready to eat!
  12. Enjoy!


  • Serving Size: 4 servings
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Lemon ricotta mini pancakes

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    Reply karrie @ Tasty Ever After April 24, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    So happy you finally published this recipe because I LOVE these mini pancakes. Lemon is so yummy in pancakes and I could eat a big ol’ plate of these beauties! Pinned and making these for my Hubby’s bday breakfast (lemon is his favorite) 🙂 I agree with you about Prince too. He was such an unbelievably talented musician and will be missed by us all.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 26, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      T%hank you Karrie for the kind words. Yes sad sad day, its amazing that the people with the most heart usually go to fast. I guess it is true what they say balance in giving and recieving is always good practice. I hope your hubby enjoyed the pancakes!
      Have a great day!.

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    Reply Claudia | The Brick Kitchen April 28, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Ricotta pancakes are the best! I just love the lightness and fluffiness they give, and they never seem too rich either. Lemon is such a perfect addition here too – I just wish I had a big plate in front of me!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 28, 2016 at 6:23 am

      Hi Claudia, thank you, you and me both on a plate of these babies right now in front of me. The thing I love the most is the aroma that emanates as you cook these, that little scent of vanilla and a softness of lemon, kind of a haapy drug for me. If you ever get a chance travel to Italy to the region of the Amalfie coast, in particular Positano they have the most humungo lemons there and the smell that roams the street is amazing. Heres to lemons.
      Have a most wonderful day.

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    Reply Sian May 5, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Hi I’m looking to make these for a Mother’s Day brunch but I probably need to make enough for about 8-10 people. I know some recipes don’t double up very well ( or just ruin them), is this one of those? Would it be safer for me to just make 2 (wow maybe even 3 haha) separate batches for this recipe?

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta May 5, 2016 at 8:28 pm

      Hi Sian thank you for taking the time to look at our post. To answer your question yes you can double the recipe the only thing you really need to watch is getting those egg whites nice and firm and carefully fold them in at the end. I have doubled the recipe many times for different functions and it worked really well and everyone enjoyed them immensly. If you have any other question, please dont hesitate to ask.
      Happy cooking.

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    Reply One-Way to Health April 20, 2017 at 3:05 am

    These look so yummy! 🙂 I love your recipes! 🙂 Monica x

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto April 22, 2017 at 8:02 am

      Thank you Monica, we appreciate it so much. Confidence is a difficult thing, but a wise teacher once told me that confidence lies in the surrender to your true self, with a side of peace and balance, when balance is broken it is propelled to egotisticism. Wow that’s deep, lol. Sorry my philisophical side coming out there. These pancakes are so delicious and delicate. The eggwhites all frothed up really add that air needed to lift the weight of the ricotta and batter. It is strange you can eat quite a few of these and they don’t sit heavy in your stomach. I am happy you enjoy our recipes, more to come!
      Happy Weekend to You!
      Loreto out!

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