Friday, April 28, 2006

Buttermilk & Ricotta Pancakes

There are times when you just need something comforting and sweetness. Today was one of these days. After I brought Soeren to KIGA, I managed to get through a large amount of work and simply had a craving for something scrumptious after a few hours. I realized it was already a little past lunch time and decided to make myself a second breakfast or, if you prefer, a brunch!

Buttermilk pancakes are my all time favorites and I decided that this would be just perfect to satisfy my craving. Cooking and photography is also a perfect way for me to relax in between a heavy workload. Thanks to home office I am able to juggle my schedule the way I want and this gives me a lot more flexibility to enjoy such luxuries.

I put on my current favorite music - The Black Eyed Peas, and started getting my ingredients together. I found some ricotta cheese and remembered that Haalo had posted a recipe of ricotta pancakes a little while back. I looked it up and decided to adapt the recipe for my pancakes making my own changes.

I will leave you with these for the long bank holiday weekend. We are away for the long weekend and I'll see you on Tuesday. Happy Weekend!



Ingredients:



120g Ricotta
2 eggs - separated and the whites beaten stiff
170g all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
200 ml buttermilk
butter for frying
Maple Syrup
Fresh strawberries - cut up in quarters



Method:

Mix together the baking powder and flour together. In a separate bowl beat the egg yolks with the the ricotta until creamy. Add the buttermilk and beat further.

Pour this mixture into the flour and whisk until everything is combined. Add the beaten egg whites and fold in carefully until the batter is smooth.

In a heated pan add a small amount butter and bake the pancakes on both sides till golden brown.

Stack high, add the strawberries and pour with maple syrup.

Lay back and enjoy!



Verdict:
The ricotta gave these pancakes a really nice touch. Buttermilk makes it smooth and soft on the inside. Just perfect.

No, I did not eat the whole stack! I managed two and froze the rest. My two men just have to try these out. I'll surprise them this weekend!
Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

16 comments :

  1. Hey..the pictures look DIVINE and the pancakes look delish. I need to invest in a good camera :).

    BTW, as soon as I saw the stack of pancakes and read that you made it for yourself for lunch, I counted the number of pancakes. I wondered "wow, that is a lot of pancakes for one person to eat" hahaha..thank God, you clarified that.
    *chuckle*

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  2. You have been busy with your new camera, haven't you? I can see that you have been exploring the features in it. Do you like your new buddy?

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  3. Hey Luv,

    Yeah, i was so stuffed after just two that I thought the clarification would be a good idea. Thanks on the compliments and I can recommend investing in a good camera I have mine for not even a week and really enjoy the picture taking.

    Vaishali,

    Yes, I am very much so. I am still reading the manual (it is thicker than any encyclopedia!)) and am amazed what this baby does. I have a long way to go ... but it is fun.

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  4. Your pancakes look dreamy! I've had cottage cheese pancakes before, and I imagine that the cottage cheese creates the same effect as the ricotta- though I must say, the ricotta has more appeal, doesnt it?

    Great blog you have here. I'm already drooling over the raspberry tarts as well :-)

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  5. Meeta,
    In yet another edition of 'Blog Patrol', I have featured your Potato Salad and Oven Baked Veggies. Please check it out, when you have the time. Do you think I should change my blog's name to 'Meeta's official fan blog'? :)

    http://happyburp.blogspot.com/2006/04/blog-patrol-2.html

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  6. Nice as usual ! Camera is working overtime with Meeta- LOL
    Vaishali, add me to the club too :)

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  7. Thats one delish pancake Meeta. Btw how did you get that dreamy background to the first photo? It goes perfectly with the strawberry color...

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  8. Totally Delicious - love the use of buttermilk too, will try that myself!

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  9. lovely pics and delicious recipe. what kind of camera do you use?

    tan

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  10. Meeta, I have pancake envy (hubby doesn't like sweet breakfasts). The ricotta sounds heavenly. Do you get maple syrup in Germany?

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  11. Hey Meeta,

    These pictures looks fantastic! Looks like you're having fun with your new toy ;)

    Since I bought buttermilk last week to make your scones recipe, I may just have to use the rest of it up to try these delish-looking pancakes...

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  12. Hey Meeta,

    Love your blog. Am in Absolute awe. Your pancake recipe has got me planning a romantic breakfast surprise :)

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  13. Heyy Meeta..u're back with a bang with those (many times over) drool-worthy pics! Jus one look & its gotten me all hungry..& I jus devoured a hearty breakfast :-(

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  14. Awww schucks ladies, you all have me blushing with your flattery. Your motivating words are very uplifting for me to keep trying.

    >>Do you get maple syrup in Germany?
    Yes, Susan we get differnt sorts of maple syrup here in Germany. the one I use is an organic type.

    >>what kind of camera do you use?
    Tan, i am using a Nikon D70s approx a week old!!

    >>Btw how did you get that dreamy background to the first photo?
    Ashwini, I am experimenting with different types of backdrops. This was simply a oink colored card I bought. Placing it in different angles to the sunlight gives it the different shades.

    >>love the use of buttermilk too, will try that myself!
    Haalo, buttermilk is really the best in pancakes of all sorts. It gives it a really nice creamy and thick texture. Let me know what you think.

    Once again I thank you all for your kind words!
    Let me know when you try out the pancakes!

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  15. nice snaps meeta, they look wow, kya kehana.
    by the way what's the brand of your new camera if you don't mind.

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  16. Lakshmi, my camera is a Nikon D70s yaar! ;-) Thank you for the compliment!

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