Pancake Day!

Branch out this Pancake Day, rather than lemon and sugar try these Lemony Ricotta Pancakes from The Short Stack Cookbook.

Lemony Ricotta Pancakes from The Short Stack Cookbook
Photograph © 2016 Noah Fecks

The following recipe is from The Short Stack Cookbook by Nick Fauchald and Kaitlyn Goalen • Abrams Books • Out Now

MAKES ABOUT 12 PANCAKES

  • 1 cup (245 g) ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups (330 g) hulled sliced
  • strawberries (from about 4 cups/ 580 g strawberries)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon, plus more for garnish
  • 11/4 cups (155 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 3/4 cup (180 ml) whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Unsalted butter or canola oil, for the pan

These puffy pancakes are a fixture on the brunch menu at Porsena, the Manhattan restaurant run by Sara Jenkins (Vol. 14: Prosciutto di Parma). Where normal pancake batter would get weighed down by ricotta cheese, here, beating the egg yolks and whites separately – as you would in a soufflé – makes the batter puff and rise as it cooks, yielding a very fluffy pancake with an extra-crisp exterior. Lemon – juiced into the batter and zested throughout – lightens these fluffy pancakes even further.

Line a fine-mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set it over a small bowl. Add the ricotta and let it drain for 15 minutes; set aside.

In a small bowl, toss the strawberries with 1 tablespoon of sugar and the lemon juice. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar, the baking powder and salt.

In a separate medium bowl, combine the ricotta, egg yolks, milk, lemon zest and vanilla and whisk until thoroughly mixed. Whisk in the flour mixture until a smooth batter forms.

Using a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or bowl and handheld mixer, beat the egg whites and the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar at low speed until frothy, about 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium high and beat the egg whites and sugar until stiff and glossy. Fold the beaten egg whites into the batter.

Heat a cast-iron griddle or large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add a spoonful of butter and heat until the foaming subsides. Working in batches, drop 1/3 cup (75 ml) of pancake batter onto the hot griddle and cook over medium heat until the tops of the pancakes are bubbling and slightly dry and their bottoms are golden brown, about 2 minutes. Flip the pancakes over and cook through until browned on the other side, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the pancakes to a platter and repeat with the remaining batter.

Spoon the strawberries and their juices over the top of the pancakes, zest some lemon over the top and serve.

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The Short Stack Cookbook

Happy Pancake Day!

It’s one of our favourite days of the year…PANCAKE DAY!

Treat yourself this year with this exquisite Dutch Baby Pancakes from Kamran Siddiqi’s Hand Made Baking

Dutch Baby Pancake

SERVES 2 TO 4, DEPENDING ON THEIR HUNGER LEVEL

The very first time I heard about a Dutch baby pancake was on trash television. I’m not one to watch much television, but when I was a high school student, any excuse to procrasti­nate on studying was welcome. In the midst of the scripted hullaballoo on screen one evening, the characters enjoyed a Dutch baby pancake—a sweet, popover-like . . . well, pan­cake. It is simple and comes together quickly in a bowl (or in a blender, if you don’t mind noise in the morning). The batter isn’t sweet, so if you prefer a sweet pancake, add as much sugar as you’d like to the ingredients; I think 3 Tbsp should be sufficient to please any sweet tooth. It’s fantastic served as a normal pancake, with a dotting of butter and a thick lacing of amber maple syrup. Or try it with butter and jam, or eat it like a crêpe, with wedges of lemon and a dusting of confection­ers’ sugar.

 

3 large eggs, at room temperature

1/4 tsp fine-grain sea salt

1/2 cup/120 ml milk, at room temperature

11/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup/60 g all-purpose flour

Heaping 1 Tbsp granulated sugar

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

 

Position a rack in the centre of the oven. Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C. Put a large cast-iron skillet in the oven.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and salt until they’re light in colour. Whisk in the milk and vanilla. Vigorously whisk in the flour and sugar until all lumps are gone, about 20 seconds.

Carefully remove the cast-iron skillet from the oven. (Remember to put an oven mitt on before handling the hot pan—I’ve forgotten to do so, and it’s very painful!) Add the butter to the pan. Allow the butter to melt, and cajole it around and up the sides of the pan with a pastry brush (I prefer to use a heat-resistant silicone pastry brush to do this).

Pour the batter into the hot pan and return the pan to the oven.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the centre is set and the edges are puffed and a lovely light golden brown.

Using a silicone spatula, remove the Dutch Baby from the pan and transfer it to a wire rack for 3 minutes. Immediately slice it up and dole it out.

notes

For a quicker method, get out a blender to mix the batter; however, as I’ve mentioned in other recipes, I always find an excuse to avoid the clamour of powerful kitchen machinery early in the morning. If you do get lumps in your batter with the mixing method explained in this recipe, simply run everything through a sieve—lumps begone!

You don’t need a cast-iron skillet to make this recipe. You can simply use a 9-in/23-cm cake pan or a skillet with an ovenproof handle. If you’re using a cake pan, put it on a rimmed baking sheet to make transporting it in and out of the oven easy.

 

 Copyright © 2014 by Kamran Siddiqi

Hand Made Baking

Pancake Day Treats!

For those wanting to try something more than lemon & sugar today (classic as it is!) Try our The Ultimate “Puffy” Pancakes from Yvette Van Boven’s Home Made Summer!

The Ultimate “Puffy” Pancakes

FOR A BIG PILE OF 20 PANCAKES

  • 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp (20 g) baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp (1 envelope) vanilla sugar, or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7 tbsp (100 g) butter, cut into chunks, plus more for the pan
  • 1½ cups (350 ml) milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

FOR SERVING

  • ½ pint (200 g) raspberries
  • ¾ cup (200 g) crème fraîche
  • superfine sugar for garnish

In a big bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and the plain and vanilla sugar (if using extract, add it later). Combine the butter and milk in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the butter melts. Add the vanilla extract, if using.

Pour the warm milk-butter mixture into the flour mixture in the bowl while stirring, then whisk until all the lumps are dissolved.

Beat in the eggs.

Heat 1 teaspoon butter in a skillet over medium heat and pour three ladlefuls of batter into the pan, slightly apart so you have three small pancakes.

Cook for about 3 minutes, or until small holes break out on the surface, then flip and cook them for 2 minutes on the other side. Repeat with more butter and the remaining batter. Keep the cooked pancakes warm on a plate covered with foil in a low oven while you cook the rest.

Serve with raspberries, crème fraîche, and a sprinkle of super­fine sugar.