Ricotta Hotcakes with Orange and Passionfruit Syrup

After my last attempt at pancakes were nothing too amazing, I realised that I had bookmarked Donna Hay’s ricotta hotcakes, knowing that was a recipe I had to try.  Ricotta is such a versatile cheese, and although I love it in a pasta dish, it is just as good (if not better) in pancakes.

I bought my ricotta from the deli section of the grocery store, rather than buying it in a tub as I usually do, and it looked better and worked out cheaper!  I still would absolutely love to make my own ricotta, but I may leave that as a project for the holidays. I decided to try to recreate the pancakes I had at Harvest cafe…. they had this amazing passionfruit and orange syrup and stewed rhubarb.  I didn’t have any rhubarb and couldn’t find a recipe anywhere online for a passionfruit and orange syrup so I just made it up and it actually worked perfectly.  I can imagine this syrup on so many things, or even in a cocktail, but it was spectacular atop these pancakes.

Orange and Passionfruit syrup:

  • 1/2 cup Caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • juice of 1 orange
  • pulp of 2 passionfruit
Put the sugar and water together in a small saucepan with the orange juice over low heat, stirring for a few minutes until the sugar has dissolved.  Remove from heat and cool slightly before stirring in passionfruit pulp.  Store in the fridge.


Ricotta Hotcakes:

  • 1½ cups self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  •  4 eggs, separated
  • 1½ cups buttermilk (or just use regular milk with a tablespoon of lemon juice in it – let to sit)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200g ricotta
Sift the flour into a bowl and add egg yolks, buttermilk, sugar and vanilla, stirring to combine.  Whisk egg whites into stiff peaks.  Fold ricotta and egg whites into the flour mixture, being careful not to deflate the egg whites.
Cook in a greased pan over low-medium heat, flipping when the bubbles pop on top or when the underside is browned.  Serve with orange and passionfruit syrup or your choice of toppings.

Ricotta Hotcake recipe from: Donna Hay

Photos from:  my camera




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