Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Laissez les bons temps roule.

Tuesday was Mardi Gras, AKA Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. More importantly, in the COG's Natal Country, it's Pancake Day. So we had pancakes.

To be specific, we had Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes with Fresh Strawberries. Yum.

Here's the recipe (which is from The Kitchn at Apartment Therapy).

Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes
makes 8
1 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
pinch salt
3/4 cup milk
3 eggs, divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Set ricotta in a fine mesh strainer about 30 minutes before you start cooking, to drain off excess liquid. We used fresh ricotta from Whole Foods that was pretty dry. If you are using a commercial brand that's runny, you may want to drain it longer (or make your own).
Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Combine ricotta, milk, egg yolks, and vanilla in a separate bowl.

Beat the egg whites in an electric mixer until stiff. Add the dry ingredients to the ricotta and milk mixture, stirring gently until just combined. Whisk in a small amount of the egg whites to lighten the batter, then fold in the remaining whites.
Heat a griddle over medium-high heat, and brush the surface with butter. Use a ladle or measuring scoop (we used a 1/3 cup measure) to pour batter onto the griddle. Cook pancakes for about 3 or 4 minutes, then flip, cooking until both sides are golden brown.
Spread lemon curd between pancakes and dust with powdered sugar. Or serve with syrup or fruit.

1 comment:

The Cranky Old Geezer said...

English pancakes are essentially French crepe. But we had American pancakes.