Light and fluffy citrus ricotta pancakes served with blueberry compote is the perfect breakfast treat!
There is nothing better than waking up on the weekend to the smell of sweet pancakes sizzling on the griddle. My fondest memories as a child were tip-toeing down the stairs in the morning, still sleepy-eyed, and waking up immediately when I saw my mom cooking an irresistible breakfast for my family and me.
I have grown up a little from Bisquick mix and Log Cabin syrup, but I still wouldn’t mind getting a Mickey Mouse pancake once in a while! I crave pancakes from my favorite breakfast spot in Newport Beach, CA, Haute Cakes Caffe. I decided to re-create my favorite pancake, citrus ricotta pancakes topped with fresh homemade blueberry mint compote.
I’ll warn you. These fluffy golden cakes are addicting!
I decided to use a gluten-free flour by Cup 4 Cup for my batter (they now have a pancake and waffle mix!), and the taste/texture is comparable to the wheat flour. The creamy ricotta cheese is incorporated which keeps the pancakes moist and tender.
Some of the batters I have made in the past have been a little too dense. So for this citrus ricotta pancakes recipe, I used a different technique. I whipped the egg whites then gently folded it into the batter, similar to making a mousse. This method made the pancakes incredibly light and fluffy with a golden brown exterior.
I’m a big fan of Ben’s Sugar Shack Pure Maple Syrup on my pancakes, but whenever blueberries are in season I enjoy making my own quick and simple homemade sauce!
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and reduce to a rich purple color. Any of your favorite stone fruits or berries can be added with the blueberry or switched out, like strawberries, blackberries, peaches, or nectarines.
To compliment the blueberry compote I used the zest and juice from orange and lemon to help add depth to the flavor. Infusing some fresh mint leaves when cooking down the blueberry sauce can also add a simply incredible freshness. The light, fluffy and aromatic pancakes topped with fresh sweet blueberry compote is a winning combination!
The trick to light and fluffy pancakes
You need to be careful not to over mix the batter, which can create tough, rubbery and flat pancakes. Also try incorporating a leavening agent (ingredient to help the pancakes rise when cooked), like baking powder. This citrus ricotta pancake recipe uses egg whites that have been whipped to incorporate more air bubbles into the batter, creating fluffy pancakes when cooked.