I’m not a huge pancake fan, in fact, when I make them for my family I rarely ever eat any myself.
It’s not that I don’t like pancakes, I just don’t usually eat them (strange, I know). That said, the first time I tried these pancakes was at the Hotel Bel-Air, and I think the only reason I ordered them is because they were the least expensive item on the breakfast menu (I’m totally serious). However, I was not disappointed; I’d never had such delicious, light, fluffy pancakes before in my life and they were served with some sort of fruit sauce. It was heavenly!
Some time later, I was looking through my recipe binder and came across a recipe I had cut out of a magazine years before, for Lemon Souffle Pancakes and they sounded exactly like the pancakes I’d had at the Hotel Bel-Air, so I gave the recipe a try. Well, guess what? They were just as delicious and light as the ones I’d eaten at the fancy-schmancy restaurant (of course, I made a few tweaks, as usual).
If you try these and they don’t become one of your family’s favorites, I’ll be very surprised.
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Lemon Souffle Pancakes with Raspberry Syrup
Recipe slightly adapted from an unknown magazine cut out-sorry I can’t give credit
Makes about 20 medium size pancakes
- 1 3/4 cups (9 oz) good quality flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup (6oz) unsalted butter, like Kerrygold
- 1 cup (8 oz) buttermilk
- 1/4 cup (1 oz) brown sugar
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 to 2 tbsp grated organic lemon zest (depending on how much lemon taste you prefer)
- 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup (8 oz) ricotta cheese
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 large good quality eggs, separated (like Happy Eggs)
Raspberry Syrup Ingredients:
- 1 cup (8 oz) fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup (4 oz) sugar (or more or less to taste)
For syrup: place all ingredients in a small pot and simmer for about 8 minutes, remove from heat.
Strain if desired.
TO MAKE THE PANCAKES:
In a small saucepan, melt butter and add buttermilk, sugars, lemon zest, and juice.
Stir over low heat until mixture is hot (do not boil.)
Remove from heat.
In a clean, dry bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form; set aside.
To the mixture in the pot, add the ricotta, vanilla,
and egg yolks and whisk until smooth.
See the lovely color of Happy Eggs’ yolks?
In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt, then pour in the egg mixture.
Whisk gently until incorporated, but do not overmix.
Gently fold egg whites into bowl, until mostly homogeneous- again, do not overmix.
It should look like this-seeing some egg white here and there is okay.
Heat a large non-stick pan or griddle, and drop batter onto hot pan in whatever size or shape pancakes you would like. Cook approximately 2 1/2 minutes or until bubbles form, then turn over.
Cook another 1 1/2 minutes or until completely cooked.
Place in oven to keep warm, or serve immediately.
Serve with a raspberry syrup and 100% pure maple syrup or any other fruit syrup or even honey.
Who needs the Hotel Bel-Air?!
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