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Orange Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Orange Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

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. YIELD:4 servings


  • 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 peel
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup and confectioners' sugar, optional


  • 1. In a bowl, whisk the first five ingredients. In another bowl, whisk egg, cheese, milk, orange peel, orange juice, melted butter and vanilla until blended. Add to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened.
  • 2. 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. Serve with syrup and confectioners' sugar. Yield: 12 pancakes.

Nutritional 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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gina.kapfhamer User ID: 8717427 261391
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6932371 248476
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8552615 247320
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2016

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

gussymo User ID: 2019388 245883
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2016

"Sooo moist and good!"

dbeauche User ID: 4406338 240830
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2016

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

Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 235724
Reviewed 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."

Peggie0203 User ID: 2074993 224062
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2015

"Delicious and light. I used lemon peel and juice, and used a third whole wheat flour. Perfect for a special occasion."

dcscake_OH User ID: 228890 184081
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2014

"i loved these pancakes, when I make them again, I will use more orange zest and more orange juices , instead of the milk, but they are wonderful heated up in the toaster oven or toaster. These are not light pancakes, they are moist and a more solid pancakes, but they are great."

kayjayc User ID: 4277199 194237
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2014

"This recipe makes the best pancakes ever! They are soooo moist and the ricotta gives them such a smooth texture. I make extra and pop them in the toaster oven for a quick breakfast on a weekday morning. They reheat wonderfully. For a variation, I have used lemon (juice and peel) and added blueberries at my husband's request. Yummy! My mouth is watering as I write."

jnjrok User ID: 1992251 138781
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2014

"What a wonderful breakfast treat. Loved them so much that 2 of us ate the entire batch! I used the zest of the entire orange for more flavor. Also can substitute orange juice for the milk and they are even tastier. Can't wait to make again!"

momof2labs User ID: 7649269 181225
Reviewed May. 16, 2014

"OMG! These were so unbelievably delicious! There is nothing I would change. They were delicate and light and I couldn't stop eating. I mixed maple syrup with a little Triple Sec."

tinarm User ID: 163179 121812
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"Excellent pancake recipe! Husband doesn't want any other kind. If have time, sometimes I will use two eggs, separate them and mix yolks in as directed, and beat the whites to still peaks then fold into batter after everything is combined. Yum!"

wmplpi User ID: 6459478 197408
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"Great pancakes. For a more orange taste, I added a couple of tablespoons of frozen concentrated orange juice or make a simple homemade orange syrup to go with the original recipe

1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
1/3 cup cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup butter
In small saucepan, combine the orange juice concentrate, sugar, and butter. Warm the mixture up on low heat and stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Store in refrigerator. Warm before use. Use syrup to drizzle over pancakes and waffles in place of maple syrup."

Marksangel User ID: 7718709 120096
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"I like this one a lot."

joycerm53 User ID: 703299 196471
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"These pancakes are fabulous! I serve them with cinnamon, orange, honey butter. They are a real treat on Sunday after church!"

Sallytaypres User ID: 7590398 137003
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2014

"Wonderful - easy and delicious!"

hoppa User ID: 6320865 138776
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2014

"Fabulous! Best pancakes I've ever had!"

carolteach4 User ID: 5543433 138775
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"These are wonderful! I substituted 2tbsp. of safflower oil for the butter and forgot the grated orange peel, but they were very tasty, anyway. You really don't even need syrup, but then, pure maple syrup is a treat."

REHT User ID: 6539116 194236
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"These pancakes are f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s. As they have delightful orange flavor, we skipped the maple syrup and enjoyed with butter and powdered sugar. Light and fluffy too! Just delish"

HOGWriter User ID: 3126553 121811
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

"We got this recipe with the Taste of Home February 2014 e-mail suggestions and it sounded so good we just had to give it a try. They were fabulous. Next time I want to mix up a type of orange butter (maybe with marmalade) to compliment the flavors. Syrup nearly over-powered them."

mtgirlkrissy User ID: 7081289 194233
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"These are the best pancakes I've ever made. My whole family raves about them. I have also made them with pancake or bisquit mix (just remove the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and replace it with the same amout of biscuit/pancake mix). They still taste great and are now super fast and easy! These pancakes won't disapoint!"

jmassage58 User ID: 7589395 196862
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"The BEST pancakes I've EVER made. They were light, fluffy and melt-in-your-mouth heaven! I have to admit that my variation adds more calories, but I had to use what I had at hand: 1/2 & 1/2, just orange juice but no zest, and whole milk ricotta and extra vanilla. This caused me to have to add more 1/2 & 1/2 because the resulting batter was too thick. So, I estimated how much more I needed to get the right batter consistency and did my blending with a wisk to incorporate air into the batter. The resulting pancakes were incredible! I'll be using this again...only next time w/part-skim ricotta and 2% milk and adding the zest. Just using the juice didn't give it that extra orange umph that it could have used. I didn't miss it in this time, but I want to taste a bit more orange. The zest will do that. 5 stars for this recipe!!"

veronicamata User ID: 7332228 187414
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2013

"Best pancakes ever delicious"

Jansfv User ID: 1124443 151782
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2013

"Mom & I loved this recipe after I made some changes due to low salt diet. I left out the salt, & used 1/2 tsp baking powder & 1 tsp Hain sodium free baking powder,used unsalted butter instead of regular & used orange off my tree. Delicious! Really a keeper & took out at least 1000 mg. of sodium so mom's legs didn't swell at all! I got 12 pancakes at 109 mg sodium each. Thank you for a great recipe Brehan Kohl!!!Will try it with lemon too."

Kools01 User ID: 1433384 115194
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"Also added chopped pecans to half the batter. Very moist."

markaitym User ID: 6028093 121805
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2013

"T hese are so very good. I took the liberty of using 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour, skim milk and 1/4 cup reduced fat margarine. They were still tender and moist."

jjray2005 User ID: 3540231 197407
Reviewed May. 19, 2012

"These were awesome! I used really strong orange juice today and the flavour was better than the first time I made them."

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