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Orange Ricotta Pancakes


Grated navel orange zest and ricotta cheese make ordinary pancakes extraordinary.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2004


  • 1 3/4 cups (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest (1 orange)
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • Confectioners' sugar or maple syrup


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese, granulated sugar, eggs, and orange zest. Whisk in flour until just combined.

  2. Heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Working in batches (and adding more oil to skillet as needed), add batter, using a scant 1/4 cup for each pancake. Cook until browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer pancakes to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Serve hot, dusted with confectioners' sugar or drizzled with maple syrup.

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  • D-Mo15
    27 APR, 2014
    Also, instead of doing the orange zest, I used a tsp of pumpkin spice for a different flavor. Turned out great! You could even get away with doing 2 tsps of pumpkin spice, without it being too overpowering... This recipe is already sweet, as is. Try them plain, before you go smothering them in powdered sugar or syrup, or fruit topping. You might like them better that way.
  • D-Mo15
    27 APR, 2014
    Good recipe. Flavor tastes great. However, don't expect your typical pancake consistency. On the website I got this recipe from, it was touted as the "fluffiest" pancakes. Not sure I agree with that. But, I would call them the "softest and creamiest" instead. Batter seemed too thick as is. So, I added about a 1/4 cup of milk to thin it out. Definitely cook on low heat and take your time with these! Easy to burn on the outsides, without being done on the inside. Overall, delicious pancakes though
  • LeSimone
    25 APR, 2014
    Issue: Wet interior, I think the main culprit here might be a missing ingredient. No leavening agent....another basic recipe from Everyday food includes baking powder. Test one teaspoon..maybe 2. Issue: Browning, if you have a high proportion of sugar you run the risk. It's the sugar some found it too sweet , cut down. Like coffee, add sweets after it's brewed. Issue: Too thick, split batter in thirds, add liquid to one, test, adjust next amt. or try different liquid
  • dptcook_blogspot_com
    30 SEP, 2013
    I was a little skeptical of cheesy pancakes before I made them, but they turned out great! They took much longer than normal pancakes to cook but browned eventually. I've seen some comments about the texture being weird, but mine was fine. I added chocolate chips because chocolate makes everything better. The batter was really quick/easy to put together & I had almost all the ingredients in the house. My boyfriend and my roommates loved them! I don't think they'd feed 4 hungry people though.
    26 MAY, 2013
    Delicious! The batter is definitely on the thicker side but the pancakes are light and moist. I used all the orange zest and squeezed the juice of half the orange which made the batter a little thinner. A little too sweet for me as I served them with honey. I'd cut down the sugar the recipe calls for and cook them in salted butter to give them that nice crust and a touch of salt! Definitely cook over low heat. Use 1/4 cup to pour the right amount of batter, a spatula rounds them out nicely.
  • martha4evah
    11 NOV, 2012
    I've always had good luck with these pancakes and my kids like them, too. It's true they have a completely different consistency than regular pancakes, and I do add some milk to make the batter more batter-like. They taste great though and are a wonderful way to use up ricotta.
  • cheyenna73
    13 NOV, 2011
    these came out to an amazing texture and I have already made them many times with great results I even like the cold leftovers as a snack with apple butter spread!
  • catnyc
    29 JAN, 2011
    I made these and was so disappointed. They came out looking great but they were weird. My husband ate them but I could not. Serves 4??? well he ate almost all of them(save three) I ate one and am still feeling it,he is fine. It is not a traditional pancake and quite expensive(ricotta0 but not worth it. I will stick with some vanilla and shredded apple in a traditional pancake batter.
  • sjajmul
    30 DEC, 2010
    I agree way too thick, need more liquid. My grandson begged me not to make them again. Oh well.
  • SGHO
    17 OCT, 2010
    These came out delicious and sweet. My first time making ricotta pancakes and I was quite pleased. I also added cinnamon, a touch of vanilla extract and orange juice instead of zest. CAUTION, they do burn easily, so keep heat on medium and keep and eye on those pancakes!