pancakes1Do you celebrate pancake day? Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent begins. Lent was the time for fasting so traditionally, Shrove Tuesday was the day to use up all of the perishable ingredients that you would not be allowed to eat during Lent by making pancakes! So, sticking with tradition, these pancakes should be as rich and delicious as possible, and what better way to do that than by adding cheese!?

These ricotta pancakes are so fluffy and delicious. Sadly, I wasn’t able to find the blood oranges I really wanted to use in this recipe, though they are in season. Normal oranges make a delicious substitute.

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(Adapted from theKitchn)

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 oranges
1 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, separated into yolks and whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 tsp honey
Butter, for the pan

Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Zest the orange. Combine ricotta, milk, egg yolks, vanilla and orange zest in a separate mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the ricotta and milk mixture, and combine.

Beat the egg whites with a handheld electric mixer until stiff. Stir a small scoop of the egg whites into the pancake batter to lighten the batter, then fold in the remaining whites with a spatula. Slice about a quarter off either end of the oranges and cut the central sections into 4 slices each. Juice the remaining ends and stir the juice into the honey in a small bowl.

Melt a small amount of butter in a large pan over medium-high heat. Spoon the mixture into the pan. Cooking time will vary depending on the size/thickness of your pancake but fry for about 3 or 4 minutes, until the undersides are golden and you see a few bubbles popping through the pancakes. Flip the pancakes and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, until golden. Repeat with the remaining pancakes.

Remove the pancakes from the pan and immediately add the honey-orange juice mixture. Keep over a high heat and place in the slices of orange. Allow the orange and honey to reduce into a think caramel and flip the orange slices to coat on both sides.

Serve the pancakes with slices of orange on top.

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