These Pumpkin Ricotta Pancakes are thick and dense, but still soft with a distinct ricotta flavour. They are perfect for a lazy autumn weekend morning brunch with delicious fall spices.
It’s no longer time for plump tomatoes, garnet raspberries, or glistening strawberries. It’s time for tart and crisp apples, stripy squashes and deep orange pumpkins.
The days are getting shorter and cooler, yet it’s still not grey outside. The trees are shining bright like candles in the deceiving sun rays; the ground is covered by a plush carpet of rusty hued leaves; the skies are still painted with all the different shades of indigo. And the autumn sun is as elusive as summer butterflies.
With the promise of winter just around the corner, I want to extend the memories of summer and still warm fall. I want to bring the sunshine back and bask in the warmth of fading summer air. And so I combine the fall flavours of pumpkin and cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves and make these bright little suns to put on a plate. Bathed in sweet golden maple syrup mixed with orange juice, garnished with pecans and walnuts, these ricotta pancakes are thick and soft as pillows, shining with pumpkin colours and spicy ginger. Comforting and cozy.
These Pumpkin Ricotta Pancakes are a mix between traditional American pancakes and Russian farmers cheese cakes. Russian version has farmers cheese, egg (not always) and flour. Resulting batter is very thick and is usually shaped by hand into patties which are then pan fried for much longer than traditional pancakes since they are quite dense and thick. Batter for these pancakes is much thinner than the Russian version, but still thicker than regular pancakes and it doesn’t spread much or bubble on the frying pan or griddle. The Pumpkin Ricotta Pancakes are thick and dense, but still soft with a distinct ricotta flavour. Spices can be reduced or omitted based on taste, as I think I was a bit heavy handed with ginger. Try my Ricotta Pumpkin Waffles for a delicious variation of these comforting flavours!
Pumpkin Ricotta Pancakes
- 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 3/4 cup ricotta
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup flour
- oil for the pan
- In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree and ricotta until well blended.
- Add eggs, milk and mix well.
- Add the spices and mix.
- Add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix until flour disappears. Do not over mix, it should still be lumpy.
- Heat a large pan on medium heat, brush with oil and drop heaping tablespoons of batter onto the pan.
- These pancakes will not bubble. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the top will get matted and tiny wholes will appear.
- Flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
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