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Fluffy lemon-ricotta pancakes

Total Time
30 min
20 min
10 min
Creamy ricotta cheese and beaten egg whites ensure that these lemony pancakes are rich yet ultra light. Make a double batch and freeze to enjoy at another time. Defrost them in your microwave or overnight in the fridge, and then warm them on a skillet or griddle until golden before serving. They're great toasted, enjoyed as is, or even used instead of bread for a peanut butter and banana sandwich. The best part is that however you're serving these slightly sweet, lemony flapjacks, they can be on the table in less than a half hour from start to finish. This makes them ideal to serve a crowd for thoughtful weekend breakfast.


All-purpose flour

1½ cup(s)

Baking soda

1 tsp

Table salt

½ tsp

1% low-fat buttermilk

1 cup(s)

Part-skim ricotta cheese

½ cup(s)


2 large egg(s), yolks and whites separated, at room temperature


2 Tbsp

Lemon zest

2 Tbsp, plus extra for garnish

Canola oil

2 tsp


  1. Set baking sheet on middle rack in oven and preheat to 200°F.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Stir together buttermilk, ricotta, egg yolks, sugar, and lemon zest in medium bowl until blended.
  3. With electric mixer on medium speed, beat egg whites in another medium bowl until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. With rubber spatula, gently stir flour mixture into buttermilk mixture just until flour mixture is moistened. Fold in beaten whites in two additions just until no white streaks remain.
  4. Brush oil on large nonstick griddle and set over medium heat (if using electric griddle, preheat to 375°F). Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto griddle, spacing evenly, and cook until bubbles appear along edge and pancakes are lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Turn pancakes over and cook until lightly browned on second side, 2–3 minutes longer, transferring pancakes to baking sheet in oven as they are done. Repeat, making total of 12 pancakes. Serve sprinkled with lemon peel strips.
  5. Serving size: 2 pancakes