Ricotta Pancakes w/ Mixed Berries and Vanilla Yoghurt

What better way to start the weekend than with a steaming stack of mouth-watering pancakes?

Using ricotta in the pancake batter means that you end up with beautifully moist pancakes with a much lighter and fluffier texture than you’d achieve with a standard pancake mixture.

The combination of warm pancakes with vanilla yoghurt and some fresh berries is a tasty way to get your kids some added protein and one of their five a day without a fight!

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To prepare the Ricotta Pancakes w/ Mixed Berries and Vanilla Yoghurt

Place the ricotta, milk and egg yolks in a bowl and whisk together. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Add this to the ricotta mix and combine.

Place egg whites in a bowl and whisk until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter until just mixed through. 

Lightly grease a large, non-stick frying pan with a knob of butter and drop two heaped tablespoons of batter per pancake into the pan. Cook until each pancake is golden on the underside, turn over and repeat on the other side.

For the berries, place the sugar, water, red wine, cinnamon stick, star anise and vanilla pod in a saucepan and bring it up to the boil. Add the blackberries and cook for 1 minute and then add the raspberries. Turn off the heat. If you wish to have a thicker sauce, remove the fruit with a slotted spoon and reduce the syrup to gain the consistency you need.

Add the yoghurt and honey together in a bowl and then scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod and add them to the mix.

The pancakes may be wrapped in tin foil and held in a warm oven if necessary. Serve the ricotta pancakes with the mixed berries and vanilla yoghurt.

Ingredients

  • Yields 12 pancakes

    Pancake Mix
    225g ricotta
    170ml milk
    4 eggs, separated
    140g plain flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    A pinch of salt
    50g butter

    Mixed Berries
    150g blackberries
    100g raspberries
    300ml red wine
    200g sugar
    2 star anise
    1 cinnamon stick
    ½ vanilla pod

    Vanilla Yoghurt
    150g Greek yoghurt
    ½ vanilla pod
    15g honey

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