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Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes

Loreto July 13, 2016

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Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes, lemony, creamy, light and fluffy with hints of poppy seed, and a nice crisp edge, all the things that will have you craving these all the time!

Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes

Pancakes have always been a favorite of mine ever since I was little. Unfortunately being Italian there were not on the menu a lot, but when they did appear on our table I was a happy camper. I remember going to my Uncle Mario’s restaurant located in a banquet facility. My uncle now retired, had been in the food and hospitality industry for many years and I remember those pancakes he made, they were so light and fluffy, but the most amazing part was that crust on the outer edge of the pancake as my fork cut through and my eyes widened as my mouth watered. It was so crispy and golden brown. It had a caramelized vanilla flavor to them. I scarfed those up like nobody’s business and these memories and moments have inspired me to make pancakes with that texture, that lightness and flavor. Today’s breakfast special Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes.



Pancakes are not a difficult thing to make. If one would have to go to the store, buy the pancake mix and come home and make them, in that same time using fresh ingredients and a lot of love can create a flavorful and enjoyable pancake like we have here. Simple ingredients of flour, baking powder, sugar, vanilla, milk, and eggs. The most amazing thing about these pancakes is the light and fluffiness of them. The way this is created is by separating the eggs and beating the eggs whites to beautiful billowy firm stiff peak. The next step to fold it into the batter very carefully as to not break that airiness and bring that component into the mix.

Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes

Let’s get cooking Pancakes!

How I like to cook the pancakes is with a low to medium pan, drizzled with some canola oil and butter. This is going to give you that oh so delicious crispy edge that my taste buds go crazy for.

Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes

The flavors of these pancakes popping in your mouth as the lemon and lemon zest comes through with those grains of poppy seed adding that simple crunch and distinct taste. The ricotta bringing  a creamy and richness, yet light flavor to the pancake. The maple raspberry syrup lucious and fresh with the raspberries amazing. Those edges…… those edges!…… crispy and slightly nutty in flavor with a caramel, vanilla hint will have you enjoying bite after bite after bite! Truly an enjoyable and delightful breakfast making you feel extravagant and humbled, as it is only Wednesday and this is what is on the menu for mid week? My response to that: Self Love! What better way to show yourself  and the ones you care for that love than with these Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes!

Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

Song of the day: “Roundabout” by Yes. This band was revolutionary in the 80’s. Harmony and distinct rhythms, amazing music, amazing band.

Recipe for the pancakes adapted from our lovely Lemon Ricotta Mini Pancakes. Idea for the raspberry maple syrup from Kitchen Meets Girl.

Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes

Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 30- 4 inch pancakes 1x


  • 3 medium farm fresh organic eggs
  • zest of one small lemon
  • 2 Tbsp 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 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seed


  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp raspberry jam


  • 1 cup fresh raspberries


  1. In a bowl sift flours, salt, sugar, baking powder.
  2. Zest one lemon into 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, and poppy seeds.
  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.
  7. I usually hold the bowl over my head it it is not all over me then it is good.
  8. Now fold the egg white into the batter carefully, until well incorporated , but do not over mix.
  9. Heat up a skillet with some butter or oil and place nice spoon fulls of batter forming about a 3 inch or 6 cm circle.
  10. When batter starts to form air pockets flip over and cook till nice and golden brown, and crispy on the edges.


  1. While your pancakes are cooking, warm up the maple syrup and raspberry jam in a small saucepan on the stove on low heat.
  2. Plate a nice stack on a plate, drizzle with maple raspberry syrup, and top with fresh raspberries.
  3. Ready to eat!
  4. Enjoy!


You may have to add a bit more milk to the batter as you go. The consistency should be slow running as it comes off the spoon.

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Lemon Ricotta Poppy Seed Pancakes

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    Reply Balvinder July 13, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    I made ricotta pancakes recently, now I want to make them again with your recipe 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 15, 2016 at 4:26 am

      Hi Balvinder, this is the beauty of the sharing in the blog world,it gets us inspired to create. I love that. I hope you enjoy our version with the lemon and poppy seed. Send us a note if you want, we would love to hear what you thought of them.
      Have aa great day!

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    Reply annie@ciaochowbambina July 13, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Gosh…I couldn’t agree more – that crispy crust on the outer edge of the pancake is always my favorite bite, too! These pancakes look divine… I’m suddenly craving breakfast and it’s just midnight! PS) Love your song of the day!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 15, 2016 at 4:23 am

      Hi Annie, We speak the same language don’t we, that crispiness and then that smooth fluffiness combined texture leaves you with that great feeling.As for the song the band Yes was one of my favorites. There were so many craftsmen in music in thay 80’s period and that song always gets me singing and wanting to go into the music room to play my instruments. Thank you so much for your wonderful words and also your time.
      Have awesome weekend Annie!
      Cheers Loreto.

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    Reply Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop July 14, 2016 at 6:46 am

    We love pancakes! I’ve never had lemon ricotta ones! They sound amazing….so light and fluffy!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 15, 2016 at 4:18 am

      Hi Kathy, oh you have to try the combination of lemon and ricotta. I know you will get hooked and want them. I still remeber the first time I had them could not believe the texture and flavor, yum and some more yum! Thank you for taking the time to comment, we love so much hearing from you.
      Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

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    Reply Demeter | Beaming Baker July 14, 2016 at 7:07 am

    Now that you’re older, you can decide when you get to have pancakes! Yay!! These lemon ricotta pancakes look so fluffy and absolutely perfect. I’m a big fan of lemon poppyseed muffins, so these pancakes are calling me in so many ways! 🙂 As usual, I’m simply basking in the wonderful photography here. 🙂 Hoping you and Nicoletta have a wonderful weekend! Pinning! xo

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 15, 2016 at 4:16 am

      Hi Demeter, always so wonderful to read your comments, and we are truly grateful for them. The combination of fluffy and crisp is so wonderful and Yes Demeter being older has its benefits. I couldn’t wait to leave the nest and be independent. Thanks again, and you also have a great weekend!

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    Reply karrie @ Tasty Ever After July 14, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Oh Loreto! I love pancakes and I love lemon seed poppy bread and you’ve combined the two in the most wonderful way! These pancakes look so fluffy and light. I wish I could reach in with a fork and eat that whole plate for breakfast. Yummy in my tummy! Pinning and making them this weekend for my Hubby (his favorite is anything lemon poppy seed). I’ll let you know how they come out 🙂

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 15, 2016 at 4:12 am

      Thank you so much Karrie. You always have me thinking, what if you could reach into the computer or maybe just like in star trek have a teleport-er, and the food would appear, that would be so cool, lol Yes I agree lemon and poppy seed were meant for each other.
      Have a wonderful day Karrie.

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    Reply Adina July 15, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Pancakes and crepes are my biggest weakness when it comes to food. I would chose them over anything, I could eat them every day actually…. Yours look perfect, I love the addition of poppy seeds, I will keep that in mind.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 15, 2016 at 4:07 am

      Hi Adina, thank you for your comment. I love these pancakes and they are so easy to make. One thing I have not tried making is crepes. Will have to give it a whirl so many ideas both on the sweet and savory side of things. So stay tuned.
      Have a great day!

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    Reply Sophia @ Little Box Brownie July 27, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Stunning, simply beautiful

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