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Lemon Poppy Seed Ricotta Pancakes with Warm Blueberry Syrup

Lemon Poppy Seed Ricotta Pancakes with Warm Blueberry Syrup are fluffy and rich and not too sweet! This easy ricotta pancake recipe is perfect for breakfast or brunch, or even dessert!

A stack of Lemon Poppy Seed Ricotta Pancakes drenched in warm blueberry syrup

So. Let’s get serious here. We need to talk pancakes. 

When I initially developed this recipe, I put out a sort of all-points-bulletin on Sugar Dish Me’s Facebook page, and I asked “What’s your favorite pancake?” I didn’t know what I was in for; the responses were plentiful! People are passionate about breakfast, y’all. 

The KIND of pancakes that were suggested the most – because of the rich flavor and fluffy texture – were ricotta pancakes. And you know? I had actually never made them.

Why Ricotta in Pancakes?

That was honestly the first question I asked myself when ricotta pancakes were recommended by readers as a MUST-MAKE kinda thing. The answer is really the same with pancakes as when you add ricotta anywhere (my brain is screaming CHICKEN LASAGNA!) – you add ricotta because it’s RICH. 

Ricotta cheese doesn’t make the pancakes taste cheesy. It adds a hint of luxury and some creaminess to every bite. It also adds moisture, and with the separated eggs takes the pancakes from a more traditional buttermilk pancake bready texture (you know, like you get with my Homemade Fluffy Pancake Mix), and gives them a sort of fluffy crepe feel. 

I wanted to roll them up, stuff them with whipped cream, and call them blintzes. We can try that another day. 

Stirring blueberries into ricotta pancake batter

Do I have to Separate the Eggs?

I mean … yes? Yes. 

Separating the eggs gives you the best of both egg worlds. The yolks lend richness and the beaten whites aid with lightness and leavening. This is true in baking as well; I promise it’s not just because I like giving you extra work or gawd forbid more dirty dishes. 

You want light, airy pancakes! In a traditional pancake recipe you are relying more heavily on the baking powder to do the trick. Here we only need a 1/2 teaspoon. 

Using a stand mixer lets you beat the egg whites until they are stiff WHILE mixing up the rest of the batter. But a hand mixer is totally fine and will definitely do the trick. [Adding that I am slightly devastated because it looks like my FAVORITE OXO hand mixer is no longer available . It looks like this Cuisinart Hand Mixer is pretty highly rated in a moderate price range, and if you wanna get more fancy this Breville is pretty terrific.] 

After you mix up the batter, add just a little bit of the egg whites and whisk. 

Egg whites beaten until fluffy. ready for folding into ricotta pancake batter

THEN you fold in the rest and the batter should look like this —

Ricotta pancake batter with egg whites folded in

My Pancakes are Flat and Not Fluffy! HELP!

A reader that tried this recipe had less than fluffy pancakes, so her blueberries were making them lumpy. She said they still tasted delicious but they didn’t look so great. 

If your ricotta pancakes are not the fluffiest, here are a few quick troubleshooting tips. 

  • check the date on your baking powder
  • don’t use anything but all purpose flour! The proteins are different in different flours and produce different results.
  • try 1 cup of flour instead of 3/4 cup; it thickens the batter a little and will put you closer to a traditional pancake comfort zone
  • be sure you are just FOLDING in the egg whites at the end

What Do I Top Lemon Poppy Seed Ricotta Pancakes With?

WHATEVER YOU WANT! Seriously. The included recipe for the warm blueberry syrup is next level delicious, but if you want to just douse these in Aunt Jemima Maple Syrup I will not fault you. They are also great with things like lemon curd, or really good jam. Whipped cream. You can also just slather them with butter and eat them with your hands. No judgement here. 

An overhead view of fluffy lemon poppy seed ricotta pancakes topped with blueberry syrup at the breakfast table.

These pancakes were SO amazing and delicious… they were pretty much out-of-control. They made me feel just a teensy bit fancy and the best part was THEY ARE SO SIMPLE!! I’d say they are my favorite pancakes to date (I know I say that about everything but seriously). And that includes the man-cakes I made all full of bacon and bourbon. Go figure.

Bite of fluffy lemon poppy seed ricotta pancakes studded with fresh blueberries to show off the light texture of this ricotta pancake recipe.

If you are looking for more rich and light blueberry breakfast recipes I have a few to try!

Blueberry Breakfast Cake is like a custard with fresh or frozen blueberries

Crock Pot Blueberry French Toast

Blueberry Breakfast Cake has a similar richness and texture, and it’s also made with a similar ingredient list and technique. There’s ricotta cheese and you separate the eggs for a light cake with a custard-like texture. If you need a brunch dish you can just throw in one pan (or you just love cake), you’ll love it. 

Slow Cooker Blueberry Crunch French Toast starts with challah and is spread with cream cheese before an eggy batter is poured over and you let the crock pot do its thing. This is another great recipe! It’ll also let you walk away and get some stuff done while breakfast cooks which is always a good thing. 

Lemon Poppy Seed Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

Lemon Poppy Seed Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

Yield: serves 6-8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Lemon Poppy seed Ricotta Pancakes are a great break from traditional pancakes. Ricotta cheese and egg yolks lend a richness to the finished pancakes, and the separated egg whites make them super light and fluffy! Topped off with blueberry syrup, this breakfast is really something special!

Ingredients

Pancakes:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons lemon zest (the zest of 1 lemon)
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • butter for the griddle

Blueberry Syrup:

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet or pancake griddle to medium high.
  2. Place the ricotta in a fine-mesh strainer to drain any excess liquid.
  3. In a large bowl beat the milk, egg YOLKS, ricotta cheese, and lemon zest. Add the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt and whisk until combined.
  4. Stir in the blueberries and poppy seeds.
  5. Beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until they are stiff and frothy-- 2-3 minutes.
  6. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.
  7. Butter the hot skillet or griddle.
  8. Using about 1/4 cup measure, dip the pancake batter onto the hot buttered cook surface.
  9. While you wait for the pancakes to cook, add all the Blueberry Syrup ingredients to a small saucepan, stir, and bring it to a simmer. Let it cook down and thicken, stirring occasionally.
  10. Flip the pancakes when bubbles appear and pop on the exposed surface. Cook for a little over a minute on the second side and remove to a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  11. When the blueberries have cooked down and are thick and sticky, scrape the mixture into a blender and puree. This makes a smooth pour-able syrup.
  12. Pour the warm blueberry syrup over the pancakes and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 407 Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 693mg Sodium: 361mg Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 7g Protein: 29g
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DEBRA HANCOCK

Thursday 23rd of May 2019

I making these for Memorial Day and adding a few strawberries on the side, and calling them Red, White, and Blue.. That ought to make a few memories for that Special Day. Thank you for this lovely recipe. Yum!

Lynn

Monday 8th of July 2013

I just made these, and they're yummy! However, mine did NOT look anything like yours. Did you puree the blueberries into the batter? Mine were rather lumpy and, of course, had whole blueberries in them. Either way, though, they tasted delicious!

Heather

Monday 8th of July 2013

Hi, Lynn! I'm so glad you tried these!! I used whole blueberries as well-- I think my blueberries all ended up sort of towards the middle of my pancakes (if you'll look at the photo with the slice cut out you'll see they are all kind of in the center) which may be part of it and honestly that wasn't intentional on my part. I use a 1/4 cup dry measuring cup to dip out my pancake batter. Two things that may contribute to having fluffier ricotta pancakes: 1. make sure the ricotta is WELL drained. I set mine in a fine mesh strainer over the sink while I beat the egg whites just to be sure all the excess liquid is out, and 2. REALLY beat the egg whites and then CAREFULLY fold them in. The egg whites will give your pancakes more lift. I hope this helps and I'm thrilled you liked them!!!

Ameena

Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

Oh my. These look more delicious than anything I've ever seen on your blog before.

I love lemon poppy seed muffins so I'm sure I'd be all over these!

Heather

Tuesday 2nd of July 2013

Thanks, Ameena! What a nice compliment! I love lemon poppy seed muffins, too!

HelloMyNameIs

Wednesday 26th of June 2013

Your pictures CRACK me up lol And btw you're really getting artsy I love it!!! But that one pic where you cut through all those pancakes haha worlds biggest bite!!! Made me feel like I was watching some silly disney movie haha Warm and fuzzy inside!! BTW I love the flavor combinations....FOOD STAR!!!! Check your email!!

Heather

Thursday 27th of June 2013

P.S. I took that bite. :)

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

Wednesday 26th of June 2013

HEATHER WHAT THE HECK. I want a stack twice the size of your amazing stack so I can bury my face in it. Hell yuusssss.

Heather

Wednesday 26th of June 2013

Haha. I'll trade you pancakes for DONUTS. Let's get that on a calendar somewhere please.