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Orange Ricotta Pancakes

These popular pancakes are likely to spark a craving. For a different twist, switch the citrus ingredient to lime or lemon juice.—Brehan Kohl, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 pancakes


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup and confectioners' sugar, optional


  • In a bowl, whisk the first 5 ingredients. In another bowl, whisk egg, cheese, milk, orange zest, orange juice, melted butter and vanilla until blended. Add to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened.
  • Lightly grease a griddle; heat over medium heat. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto griddle. Cook until bubbles on top begin to pop and bottoms are golden brown. Turn; cook until second side is golden brown. If desired, serve with syrup and confectioners' sugar.
Nutrition Facts
3 pancakes (calculated without syrup and confectioners' sugar): 449 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 654mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 15g protein.

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  • Sinbad2362
    Jan 7, 2019

    One of my favorite pancakes recipes. Love the orange flavor and the texture of the pancake.

  • pols005
    Dec 26, 2018

    I made these for Christmas brunch alongside some scrambled eggs. The whole family loved them. I will say, due to the ricotta, these are dense and filling pancakes but great for Christmas morning!

  • JMartinelli13
    Mar 18, 2018

    The ricotta gives these a great texture, love the orange flavor. They freeze and reheat well. They'd also be amazing with blueberries added. Definitely will be making these again!

  • Nova
    Feb 24, 2018

    I would like to try making these without the 3 T sugar. They are sweet even before topping with Maple syrup. But then again; they are good on their own without the maple-

  • gina.kapfhamer
    Feb 16, 2017

    A unique spin on breakfast! (Good vegetarian option, too.) My boyfriend made this recipe for my birthday and it was perfect.

  • dflack628
    May 22, 2016

    These were delicious! I made them with one tiny change; I used skim milk because that's what I always buy. They still turned out rich and tasty.

  • yadkins
    Apr 21, 2016

    these were nice, next time i am cutting back on the butter..i found them a bit too greasy

  • gussymo
    Mar 23, 2016

    Sooo moist and good!

  • dbeauche
    Jan 2, 2016

    These were delicious and the whole family loved them. The ricotta adds a great texture.

  • Shoes58
    Oct 27, 2015

    These were wonderful, especially since they could be eaten without syrup which i do not eat. good with carmelized ham or bacon. Worth a second try.