Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelized Apples

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For the ultimate pancakes, use fresh ricotta cheese and finely grated lemon zest. For a topping that is special and seasonal, try this quick sauté of apples with butter, sugar and cinnamon. Slideshow:  Perfect Pancakes 

Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes with Caramelized Apples
Photo: © Christina Holmes
Total Time:
40 mins
Yield:
4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing

  • 2 crisp red or pink apples, preferably Honeycrisp—peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk

  • 3 large eggs, separated

  • 1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese

  • Warm pure maple syrup, for serving

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the apples, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of the lemon zest and a pinch of salt and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are just tender and golden, about 5 minutes; keep warm.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. In a medium bowl, whisk the milk with the egg yolks, ricotta and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon of lemon zest. Whisk the mix into the dry ingredients until just incorporated.

  3. In a clean, large stainless steel bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold them into the batter.

  4. Preheat a griddle and grease it with butter. Scoop 1/4-cup mounds of batter onto the griddle. Cook the pancakes over moderately high heat until bubbles appear on the surface, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook until the pancakes are risen and golden brown on the bottom, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to plates, spoon the warm apples on top and serve with warm maple syrup.

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