22 January 2012

The Breslins Ricotta Pancakes with Orange Sauce for Slow Sundays

We have Meatless Mondays, and Wordless Wednesdays so today is the second instalment in a new feature around here on MTBT...Slow Sundays...well because a Sunday should be slow, no rushing around, no big errands, just taking our time and mozying along. My idea of enjoying a Sunday morning is to have a warm cup of tea and a long and lovingly prepared breakfast. This mornings breakfast consisted of these navel orange-sized pancakes from The Breslin. 

Those of you who follow this blog know that I am a morning person and have already risen before the sunrise but today is truly a slow day. I have nowhere pressing to be, I can visit some friends, go for a walk, and have a relaxing day in the kitchen. That is the beauty of a slow Sunday we can do whatever we like! Sunday is my only day to myself and as the day unfolds before us we can do whatever our heart desires. I hope your day is all that you hope it will be.

While these pancakes are delicious on their own, they're exquisite with the soft ricotta topping, crunchy sliced almonds and ingeniously vibrant (and neon-bright) orange marmalade-like syrup. What a way for us to wake up this morning sleepy heads!!! I served them with slices or sweet juicy navel oranges.

**The Breslin's Ricotta Pancakes with Orange Syrup**
 by April Bloomfield from Food and Wine

Orange Syrup
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
Ricotta Topping
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh ricotta
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  •  3/4 teaspoon finely grated orange of lemon zest
  •  Seeds scraped from 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup fine white cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup fresh ricotta
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Toasted almond slices, for serving
1. Peel the zest from the orange in long strips and julienne. In a saucepan of boiling water, blanch the zest for 30 seconds. Drain and repeat. In the saucepan, simmer the orange juice, sugar, water and blanched zest until syrupy, about 10 minutes. Let cool.

2. For the ricotta topping, in a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients.

3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder and soda. In another large bowl, whisk the buttermilk, egg yolks and ricotta. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. In a large, clean stainless steel bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry; fold them into the batter.

4. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat a thin film of vegetable oil. Drop in 1/4-cup dollops of batter and cook over moderately high heat, 2 minutes per side, until golden and fluffy. Serve about 3 pancakes per person. Pass the orange syrup, ricotta topping and toasted almonds at the table.

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  1. Sundays are the best and I can see how this breakfast makes it even better!

  2. Delicious looking! I bet they were pillowy and really soft.



  3. I do not know how to make pancakes! These look divine. Going to give them a stab soon... I need to learn. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I love how exotic and delicious these pancakes look!
    Fantastic blog and food photos - glad I found it!!!

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  5. Sounds like a delightfully different pancake -- perfect for a slow Sunday!

  6. Their marbling is gorgeous~
    It was a slow Sunday here also..Have a new mac and Cheese ready to pop in the oven..Chatelaine or CDN Living:)

  7. I'm not particularly a morning person. That is, not until about 7am on the weekends. After I get home from church, my Sundays are best spent relaxing, reading. But a breakfast/brunch like this is something I enjoy. I love ricotta. I'm always looking for a new pancake recipe, and I think I found it. Love this.

  8. This look delicious! Can't wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I had a slow sunday today as well and it was glorious...except for the fact that I didn't have a SINGLE pancake! For shame. Need these in my life.

  10. I always hope to have a slow Sunday or Saturday but they don't happen very often. But when they do I like to make a big breakfast which sometimes includes ricotta pancakes. I am going to have to give this recipe a try very soon.

  11. I love the idea of slow Sunday. Mine are always far too hurried and rushed trying to get things done.

  12. I've seen recipes for ricotta pancakes, Val, but never made them. These look particularly good and if you liked them, they must be great. Love your slow Sunday posts!

  13. I've made orange-ricotta pancakes before but not with such a great topping and syrup! These look great. I've been pretty lazy with weekend breakfasts lately and I think I need to step it up with these pancakes!

  14. I try to keep my Sundays slow, but laundry usually gets in the way. :) Ricotta pancakes are one of my favorite things ever; they have the BEST texture. Lovely meal!

  15. If you're going to make ricotta pancakes, I would respectfully ask for an invitation...

  16. You're making me drool again! I have such a weakness for yummy pancakes and these certainly fit the bill - love your pretty blue and white dishes too!

  17. I want those pancakes for breakfast!

  18. These sound wonderful and made better still by the sauce and topping you use. Sunday's here are stressless but not relaxing. I teach a CCD class and that eats away the morning. We usually "brunch" at a Vietnamese restauraunt with a bowl of pho. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  19. I love a slow Sunday except that's when I tend to do the most cooking! I've only made ricotta pancakes once and they were delicious. What a fantastic breakfast!

  20. OMG Valli this look amazing and delicious!! I love your teapot of course (lol)
    and love ricotta!

  21. i've never tried to make pancakes with ricotta, but these sure look like they've been made correctly! :) the orange sauce is a magnificent idea.

  22. What a treat! This is so to my liking...ricotta over butter, orange over maple (sorry Canada). I may do something like this next Sunday...it's been a long time since I had pancakes.

    Hope you have a nice week.

  23. Ohhhh, I need a slow Sunday just so I can eat these. Lovely. :-)

  24. I agree that Sundays are meant for "slow", taking time with meals and visiting with family. These pancakes would fit right in with our lazy Sunday mornings.

  25. Ricotta gives such a nice flavor to anything it mixes with, such as these yummy looking pancakes.
    Enjoy your Sundays.

  26. You sure know how to make the perfect pancake; I can almost taste them! I am a morning person and Sunday are the BEST!

  27. love the soft and fluffy texture of pancakes that you got from ricotta.

  28. Sunday pancakes is a tradition in my brother's house - he'll love these - and so will I when he makes them :)

  29. Slow Sundays are the best and these sound divine.

  30. I love Sunday mornings, especially when I have a special treat like pancakes. Ricotta and orange syrup would be heavenly topping. What a lovely way to start the day.

  31. these look so so so delicious - i will make them soon with mizithra (the cretan ricotta) - cant wait!


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