For someonewho hadn’t made pancakes in, I don’t know, say twenty years, I’m kind ofcatching up with it this week. First pumpkin chocolate and now the mostwonderful orange ricotta pancakes.
When Ifirst read this week’s theme for Sunday Supper, which is All Things Orange, hosted by the creative Pam of The Meltaways, Iliterally thought we had to use oranges, as in the fruit. I’m slow like thatsometimes. So I settled for this pancakes and then, as I read the alreadyposted titles, I realised we were supposed to use the color orange! But I’msticking with my first choice, and I love it.
I don’tcare much for celebrations, the horror I know, but please don´t write me offthe food blogosphere. It is slowly changing, since your company makes celebratingso much fun, not to mention giving me an excuse to bake, bake and bake.
I tell friendsand family that having a food blog is like a job, so they would leave me alone and not be appalled atthe amount of food I cook every week, for no apparent reason. That is after I explain what a food blogis, which is not a five word explanation here, as in ‘I have a food blog’. Butthat’s another story.
Back to ourorange concerns, calendar celebrations are all about the food for me, not about gathering with the ones I love. I try tocelebrate with them year round, whenever the need to see them strikesme. So october doesn´t mean pumpkin any more than november or july does. But ifyou give me an orange theme, which is one of my absolute favorite colors, I’m all for it. So oranges it is, both the fruitand the color.
I’m a bitbiased when it comes to candied orange skins. I’m mad about them, not at allrational. So these pancakes, which include whipped ricotta and syrupy candiedoranges are at the top of my list of wonderful pancake recipes. They are fluffy, withthe distinct flavor of orange zest.
Ricotta iswonderful in any kind of pancake, and so is beating egg whites separated fromthe yolks, and adding them at the end. This recipe has both. Lucky you.
By the way,since I already made a confession I might as well make another one that willsurprise you even more: I don’t care for homemade cookies. There. You can writeme off completely from your list now.
a bitadapted from April Bloomfield via Food & Wine, Annual Cookbook 2011
¼ cup sugar
1 cup fresh ricotta
3 Tbs cream
1 Tbs sugar
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¼ cup almond meal (or very ground almonds)
2 Tbs sugar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs, separated
½ cup fresh ricotta
Zest of half an orange
Slivered almonds, toasted
For the orange syrup:
Peel thezest of the orange in wide strips, with as little white part as possible. Witha sharp knife, cut each piece in thin strips. Add orange strips to boilingwater. Boil for 30 seconds, drain and repeat process one more time.
Juice theorange. Measure it and put the juice, same amount of water and ¼ cup sugar in asmall saucepan. Add blanched orange strips and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, untilthick and syrupy. Let cool.
For the whipped ricotta: In a smallbowl beat all ingredients until smooth. Keep refrigerated.
For the pancakes:
Mix flour,almond meal, sugar, salt, baking powder and soda in large bowl. Add buttermilk,egg yolks, zest and ricotta. Mix well.
In aseparate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Add to flour mixturewith a spatula. Don´t over mix.
Heat apancake skillet. Add a tiny bit of butter. Add pancake batter using 1/3 cupmeasure. Cook over medium heat for about 1 ½ to 2 minutes per side.
Arrange onserving plates, add a dollop of whipped ricotta and some orange strips withsyrup.
If desired,sprinkle with toasted almonds and confectioners´ sugar.
Makes about12 pancakes.
Just look at all of the fabulous dishes being offered up this week by the Sunday Supper group:
Sunrise (Breakfastand Brunch)
Erin from Dinners Dishes andDesserts is baking up some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Heatherfrom Girlichef is bringing Pumpkin Doughnuts with SpicedButtermilk Glaze
Nicole from Daily DishRecipes is making Pumpkin Donut Puffs
Patti from ComfyCuisine is bringing Classic Orange Marmalade
Sunithi from Sue’s NutritionBuzz is making Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins withCraisins and Walnuts
Wendy from The WeekendGourmet is cooking up some Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal
Chelsea from Chelsea’sCulinary Indulgence is bringing Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with Chai Icing
High Noon (Soups,Salads and Sandwiches)
Renee from MagnoliaDays is serving up some Butternut Squash Soup
Beate from Galactopdx isbringing her Carrot Ginger Soup
Jen from Juanita’sCocina is making some Curried Sweet Potato Salad WithCranberries and Pecans
Megan from I Run ForWine is making Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash andItalian Sausage Soup
Sarah from What Smells SoGood is filling our bowls with some Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Alice from Hip FoodieMom is coming with her Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad
Susan from The WimpyVegetarian is making Cider – Spiced Sweet Potato Soup
Tora from Tora’s RealFood is bringing Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup
Melanie from From Fast Foodto Fresh Food is making Monty’s Pumpkin Soup
Lyn from The LovelyPantry is bringing Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Soup
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic iswhipping up some Mandarin Chicken Salad
Sunset (Dinnerand Main Dishes)
Shelia from Pippis In TheKitchen Again is serving her Roasted Squash and Ricotta with Honey
Patsyfrom Famfriendsfood is bringing her Carrot Souffle
Laura from Small Wallet BigAppetite is bringing Chicken and Sweet Potato Fritters
Mehereen from ChatteringKitchen is making Sichuan Orange Glazed Chicken withToasted Sesame Seeds
Tammi from Momma’sMeals is making Hearty Pork Stew
Kristin from Kwistin’sFavorites is making Orange Chicken
Soni from Soni’s Food ForThought is cooking up some Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie iscooking up some Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Dara from Generation YFoodie is bringing Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Brandie from Home CookingMemories is sharing a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar
By The Bonfire (Sweets,Snacks and Sips)
Carla from ChocolateMoosey is making Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin ButterCaramel Sauce
Heather from Hezzi D’s Booksand Cooks is offering up some Pumpkin Cake Truffles
Shelia from CookingUnderwriter is bringing Sweet Potato Bacon Beet Salsa
Annefrom Webicurean is making some Drunken Pumpkin Bread
Karen from In The KitchenWith KP is making Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Leslie La Cocina De Leslie ismaking Sweet Potato Atole
Seet Fei from My Trials inThe Kitchen is bringing Sweet Potatoes Mini Balls
Tara from Noshing With TheNolands is bringing Oranges En Suprise
Susan from The Girl in TheRed Kitchen is making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone withPumpkin Glaze
Isabel from FamilyFoodie is baking up Moist Pumpkin Bread
Cindy from Cindy’s Recipesand Writings is baking up a Vegan Pumpkin Orange Cake
Brenda from Meal PlanningMagic is whipping up some Creamy Pumpkin Dip
Laura from FamilySpice is making some Unprocessed and Gluten Free PumpkinBread
Kathya from Basic andDelicious is baking up Butternut Squash and Carrot Bread
Liz from That Skinny ChickCan Bake is serving up Pumpkin Roll with Cream CheeseFilling
Stephanie from The Cookie ADay Challenge is whipping up some Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches
Katie from She Like Ruffles,He Likes Truffles is bringing Pumpkin Harvest Cookies
Nancy from Gotta GetBaked is baking up some Orange Macadamia Dark ChocolateCookies
Angie from Big Bear’sWife is bringing Orange Soda Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Katy from Happy BakingDays is bringing Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze
Sandra from Midlife RoadTrip is bringing Orange ya glad it’s fall! HungarianApricot/Walnut pastries
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We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm(Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper livechat where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes featuring our favorite fallcolor.
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