Strawberry Ricotta Pancakes

Mother's Day is coming around in 2 weeks, and I'm sure everyone is planning a special Brunch for their beloved moms! Well, my little one wants to make something special for me too, so she asked me to choose one of the best pancake recipes and tell her how to make them, so that she can do it "all by herself, maybe with a little help from Daddy", and make the Best Pancakes Ever for her Mamma!!! There are already tears brimming in my eyes as I type this post - it's so easy to get carried away by emotion, especially when a 4-year old wants to do something extra-special for you.

Anyways, so if you are looking for a perfect Pancake recipe for Mother's Day, then I'm sure you'll love this one too! Made with fluffy Ricotta cheese and fresh strawberries, these will be the perfect beginning to a memorable Mother's Day celebration.  

Recipe & photo courtesy of Whole Foods 

Whole Wheat Strawberry Ricotta Pancakes

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour 
3 tablespoons sugar 
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt 
1 cup ricotta cheese 
3 large eggs 
3/4 cup milk 
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest 
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 
2 cups diced strawberries, plus more for garnish
2 teaspoons vegetable or canola oil 

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together ricotta, eggs, milk, zest and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring just until combined. Stir in strawberries.

Heat oil in a large skillet or on a griddle over medium heat. When hot, drop the batter by 1/3-cup measures onto the skillet, working in batches so you don't crowd the pan. Cook until the bottoms are browned and bubbles begin to form on the tops, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook the other sides. 

Continue cooking until all the batter is used, making about 12 pancakes; add more oil to the pan as necessary to keep pancakes from sticking. Serve pancakes garnished with more berries.

Now that you have the perfect Pancake recipe on hand, feel free to adapt it to suit your taste-buds. I have made these with fresh raspberry puree too, and they turn out great. You can use sliced bananas instead of strawberries, or just don't add fruit to the pancakes while baking, and use a mixed-berry compote on the top, dusted with some powdered sugar.  Or serve them with some Apple Butter on the side, or maybe Orange Maple Syrup.

Have fun with the recipe, and make the day a memorable one for the special woman in your life - your Mother!

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