If a soufflé and a pancake had a baby… you would get these pancakes! They are delicate, creamy, and incredibly special. This is an adapted recipe from Debra Ponzek.

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep time 10 mins Cook time 15 mins Rest time 5 mins Total time 30 mins
Servings: 4



  1. Dry ingredients

    In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.

  2. Wet ingredients

    Beat the ricotta cheese, milk, lemon zest, and yolks until creamy.

  3. Beat the egg whites to soft peaks
  4. Mix

    Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and carefully mix until combined. A lump here and there is fine.

  5. Whites

    Carefully fold in the beaten whites to the mixture with a spatula. You do not want to let the air out of the whites. A few pockets of egg whites are fine. Leave to rest for 5 minutes.

  6. Preheat a large skillet

    While the mixture is resting, preheat a skillet with a little butter.

  7. Cook

    When the skillet is hot, add 1/4 cup of the mixture for each pancake. Leave enough space between them since they will extend a bit. When you see bubbles and the rim is dry, flip (around 3-4 minutes). Cook on the other side (about 2 minutes). The goal is to have each side browned and cooked, but soft on the inside.

  8. Serve

    Serve immediately. If necessary, you can cool them on a rack and later reheat in a toaster oven. But they are best served right away.

    Serve with powdered sugar or a raspberry sauce (shown), blueberry sauce, or a blackberry sauce.



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