And now, its breakfast time! Another bitterly cold day has dawned and La Diva was in need of a hot breakfast today. A quick shop of the fridge offered the usual eggs and a bit of ricotta cheese, left over from my gnudoni experiment last week. In the mood for something a bit more special today, I decided to whip up a batch of ricotta pancakes. They hit the spot!
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. agave nectar
- dash of ground cinnamon
- dash of freshly grated nutmeg, optional
- 2 tbsp. whole wheat pastry flour
- a pat of butter or some canola oil for greasing the pan
Heat a large, non-stick skillet over high heat and add a bit of butter or canola oil, just enough to slick the pan. When the pan is hot, add the batter by tablespoonfuls to the pan so as to create small, "silver dollar" style pancakes. The batter will be thin, so smaller cakes will be easier to turn. Four small cakes at a time should be about right. Allow them to cook on one side until golden brown and the batter begins to form small bubbles, then flip - very gently - and continue to cook on the other side until done. Remove from the pan and serve with the topping of your choice.
As written, this recipe will yield 8 small pancakes, which is one serving. The recipe can easily be double or tripled as necessary.
These pancakes are not just delicious, they're 100% South Beach approved! They're incredibly light, with a texture somewhere between a pancake and a crepe. I happen to love nutmeg, but if the flavor does not appeal to you, by all means leave it out. I topped mine with a bit of butter and some sugar-free maple syrup, but honey, real maple syrup, or some kind of fruit topping would be delightful as well. A perfect, and guilt-free, way to celebrate tomorrow's International Pancake Day. I hope you'll try 'em!
Lastly, I want to thank both Words Words Words and Dana McCauley for offering their recipes for roast goose. I just knew my readers would come through for me. Thank you both so much! I'm hopeful for a March date for Goose Fest and will indeed be taking you up on your kind offers.
So, what did you have for breakfast this morning? Curious Diva wants to know.