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Orange Ricotta Pancakes

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These orange ricotta pancakes make any day feel extra special. The ricotta gives them a delicate, creamy, custard-like texture and incredible richness. There is an extra hint of orange flavor thanks to orange zest and concentrated orange juice. 

The pancakes are so good you don’t even need syrup, but if you want to go the extra mile, make the pomegranate syrup, and you won’t regret it. The sweet-tart flavor of pomegranate compliments the orange essence in the pancakes. 

A stack of orange ricotta pancakes with a drizzle of pomegranate syrup.

Our sourdough pancakes require a sourdough starter, but these ricotta pancakes are quick and straightforward.

You can make these orange ricotta pancakes from scratch in almost the same amount of time it takes to whip up a batch from a box mix. 

Even though they are loaded with ricotta cheese, they don’t taste cheesy or grainy. Ricotta has a natural sweetness and it melts into the batter giving the pancakes a fantastic flavor and texture.  

Here is why you will love this recipe

  • Makes a delicious breakfast or brunch
  • Ricotta adds a creamy richness 
  • Amazing orange flavor 
  • Easy to make, with no egg-separating involved
Butter melting on hot pancakes.

The Ingredients

Here is the list of ingredients you will need for these orange ricotta pancakes. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details.

  • Flour. Use regular, all-purpose flour—no need for specialty flour in this recipe. 
  • Baking powder. Make sure the baking powder is not expired.
  • Salt. Salt enhances the flavors. 
  • Vanilla extract. The vanilla extract combined with the orange juice gives the pancakes an orange creamsicle flavor. 
  • Sugar. These pancakes are sweeter than most. If you want to cut the sugar in half, you certainly can. 
  • Ricotta cheese. If you purchase ricotta that looks watery, let it drain in a strainer for 30 minutes before adding it to the batter. 
  • Eggs. The eggs add to the rich, custard-like texture. 
  • Milk. Use whole milk for a rich flavor. However, reduced-fat milk will work fine. 
  • Concentrated orange juice.  Frozen concentrated orange juice adds additional orange flavor without making the batter watery.
  • Orange zest. Use a microplane grater to get very fine bits of orange zest scattered throughout the batter. 

If you want to make the pomegranate syrup, all it takes is pomegranate juice and sugar. 

The pomegranate syrup is easy to make, but it does take some time to reduce down. You will end up with a rich, thick, tart pomegranate molasses that will keep in the refrigerator for up to three months.

Mixing flour into pancake batter.
gently fold the flour mixture into the batter

How to Make It

Here is a quick overview of the recipe for these orange ricotta pancakes. Read the tips below and scroll down to the printable recipe card for all the details.

  1. Preheat a non-stick griddle or skillet. 
  2. Sift the dry ingredients together in a small bowl. 
  3. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. 
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. 
  5. Scoop the batter onto the hot skillet. Cook until golden brown, then flip and cook the other side. 

Pouring pancake batter on a hot griddle.
A pancake on a griddle that is ready to flip.
Flipping a pancake over with a spatula.

Tips for Success

  • Let the pan get hot before adding the batter. If you have an electric skillet, dial the heat up to 375°F. 
  • For the best ricotta pancakes, buy the best ricotta cheese. Not all brands of ricotta are the same. Some brands have stabilizers in them.

    Look at the ingredient list. It should only have whey, milk, cream, vinegar, and salt. Ricotta that has stabilizers will not be as creamy when cooked. 
  • Don’t overmix the batter. Use a wide spatula to gently fold the flour into the batter. 
  • Wait to flip the pancakes. Make sure the bubbles on the surface burst and sneak a peek at the bottom. The bottom should look golden brown when it is time to flip them. If you flip the pancakes too soon, they will lose some of the fluffy, light texture. 
  • Don’t flip the pancakes more than once. Flipping them too often will flatten them out and make them tough. 

You will love these orange ricotta pancakes. They have a creamy texture with a custard-like consistency yet they stay fluffy and light. The richness of the ricotta is balanced with a sweet citrus flavor and hints of vanilla. Perfect for breakfast or brunch!

Pouring syrup over pancakes.

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A stack of pancakes.

Orange Ricotta Pancakes

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Ricotta pancakes that are moist and light with a creamy, custard-like center

Ingredients

Ricotta Pancakes

  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ cups ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of concentrated frozen orange juice
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pomegranate syrup

  • 2 ½ cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup sugar

Instructions

Ricotta Pancakes

  1. In a small bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese, eggs, milk, sugar, concentrated orange juice, orange zest and vanilla until well combined and smooth.
  3. Fold the flour mixture into the ricotta mixture until just combined.
  4. Pre-heat a skillet over medium heat or heat an electric griddle to 375° and lightly oil it.
  5. When the griddle is hot, spread ¼ cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Cook until bubbles start to form on the surface of the pancake then flip and cook the other side until brown.

Pomegranate syrup

  1. Combine the pomegranate juice and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat stirring until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar is dissolved reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 45 to 50 minutes. The juice will reduce to about 1-¼ cups. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Notes

  • Don't reconstitute the orange juice. Adding concentrated orange juice will give the pancakes extra orange flavor without watering down the batter.
  • For best results, try to find ricotta that does not have any stabilizers listed in the ingredients. Stabilizers like guar gum and Carrageenan affect the texture when cooked.
  • If you have watery ricotta, let it drain in a strainer for 30 minutes before you begin.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 66mgSodium: 264mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 1gSugar: 34gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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This post was originally posted on January 7, 2015. We updated the photos in the post.

Dahn Boquist

Dahn is a retired nurse, recipe creator, home cook, baker, and self-proclaimed foodie. She loves creating in the kitchen and cooking for family and friends. She lives in Washington State with her husband and dog. When she isn't cooking or baking, you can usually find her spending time with her grandson or exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Trish @ Well Worn Fork

Thursday 8th of January 2015

Ricotta & pomegranate sounds fantastic! I'm craving this now!

Dahn

Friday 9th of January 2015

thanks for the comment Trish, they really are delicious :)

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