Sunday, March 21, 2010

Lemon Cloud Pancakes

 These souffle-like pancakes just float away.

[Adapted from several California inns.]

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INGREDIENTS

5 large eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lemon zest
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups ricotta
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Additional butter for cooking



DIRECTIONS

In a bowl, combine the egg yolks, sugar, and lemon zest. Using a hand mixer, mix at medium speed until the mixture is shiny and pale yellow (about 3 minutes). 
Add the flour and salt and mix for 2 minutes.
Add the ricotta and butter and fold into the egg-flour mixture.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip the egg whites until stiff.
Add a third of the egg whites to the batter.
Fold in the rest of the egg whites.

Pre-heat a griddle on medium heat and add butter.
Spoon 1/3 cup batter onto the hot griddle. (You want to make smaller pancakes than usual.)
When the pancakes are lightly golden, flip them over. 

I serve the pancakes with our blueberry sauce (frozen wild blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and a little cornstarch to thicken), but real maple syrup is always another option. 

There would be a photo of the pancakes but they floated away before I could capture them on film!

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Ellen Gutman Chenaux
Bed and Breakfast Foodie
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2 comments:

  1. From someone who loves everything lemon, these are really amazing. Thank you so much Ellen for posting the recipe.

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  2. To ensure your pancakes are tender, don't overmix the batter; small lumps are fine. And when you're ready to cook your pancakes, test the skillet with drops of water; they should "dance" on the surface when it's ready.

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