Citrus at Its Best: Orange Ricotta Pancakes

This weekend, I am so excited to be speaking at  Food Blog South, a conference and workshop in Birmingham, Alabama on Recipe Development along with the talented Virginia Willis. It’s going to be wonderful weekend filled with bloggers, writers, photographers and so many others from around the country. Proceeds from the conference go to support a charity to restore the Gulf, and also support The Desert Island Supply Company, a Woodlawn-based writing center for kids. Recently, I was working on a recipe development project for a client creating recipes made with citrus fruits. I loved how these Orange Ricotta Pancakes turned out: so light and fluffy with the perfect hint of orange flavor. This makes a great breakfast idea for this weekend since oranges are at their peak. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Orange Ricotta Pancakes

Cook Time:

10 minutes

Prep Times:

15 minutes


6 to 8 servings


11/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
11/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups skim milk
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup butter or margarine
Garnish: maple Syrup, powdered sugar, optional


1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, orange zest and salt in a large bowl.

2. Whisk together milk, orange juice, ricotta, 4 tablespoons butte, egg and vanilla in a separate bowl.

3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour ricotta mixture into flour mixture. Stir together gently until just combined (batter should be lumpy). Do not overmix.

4. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a griddle or large sauté pan over medium heat. Spoon 1/4 cup batter onto griddle for each pancake. When bubbles appear, flip the pancakes gently and cook until lightly browned. Continue with remaining butter and batter. Serve with maple syrup and powdered sugar, if desired.

14 thoughts on “Citrus at Its Best: Orange Ricotta Pancakes”

  1. These look delicious! I have some left over ricotta from lasagna and have loads of oranges. They sound perfect. I hope you have an amazing time at Food Blog South! I so wish I could go. Crossing my fingers for next year! 🙂 And as always thanks for the awesome recipe!

  2. These look amazing Alison and I love this combination of ingredients. Congrats on all of your incredible success. You deserve it!

  3. I had some divine lemon ricotta pancakes at Sarabeth’s in Key West last week. They were topped with fresh strawberries and sprinkled with cooked wheat berries. I’m going to try your recipe using lemon zest and some lemon juice. Thanks for sharing!

  4. It was so great to see you again! Your seminar with Virginia was one of my favs ( shh… don’t tell). I hope we get to meetup again soon! Love the pancakes!

  5. Gosh, this so my kind of breakfast recipe. Sounds delicious! Never think to put ricotta into a sweet pancake…the orange ricotta combo sounds sensational!!

  6. These are delicious pancakes – light & flavorful. (Although I dare not tell my husband that there’s ricotta cheese in the batter.) Today I made this recipe for the second time – adding chopped, toasted pecans. Really nice and thanks for this recipe!

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