I was all set to give you a biscuit recipe for today's Sunday Brunch post, but then I happened to read Deb's Smitten Kitchen post on the lemon ricotta pancakes with sauteed apples recipe from Gourmet Magazine in 1991. Yum!
Here's the recipe, complete with Deb's annotation. For Deb's great photos you'll have to click through to her post.
- Yield:about 12 three- to four-inch pancakes
- 4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Fresh lemon juice to taste
- 4 large eggs, separated
- 1 1/3 cups ricotta
- 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- Melted butter for brushing the griddle
- Maple syrup, as an accompaniment
Prepare the sautéed apples:
In a large heavy skillet sauté the apples in the butter over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until they are softened, sprinkle them with the sugar and the cinnamon, and cook them over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 10 minutes, or until they are tender. Stir in the lemon juice and keep the mixture warm.
Make the pancakes:
In a bowl whisk together the egg yolks, the ricotta, the sugar, and the zest, add the flour, and stir the mixture until it is just combined. In a bowl with an electric mixer beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they hold stiff peaks, whisk about one fourth of them into the ricotta mixture, and fold in the remaining whites gently but thoroughly. Heat a griddle over moderately high heat (Deb does not concur. She firmly believes that pancakes should be cooked medium-low.) until it is hot enough to make drops of water scatter over its surface and brush it with some of the melted butter. Working in batches, pour the batter onto the griddle by 1/4-cup measures and cook the pancakes for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, or until they are golden, brushing the griddle with some of the melted butter as necessary. Transfer the pancakes as they are cooked to a heatproof platter and keep them warm in a preheated 200°F. oven.
Serve the pancakes with the sautéed apples and the maple syrup.