Ricotta Pancakes

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
30 min

Yield:
4 servings (16 pancakes)
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
Directions
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Stir 1/3 cup of water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Stir in the honey. Set aside and keep the honey syrup warm.

Using a rubber spatula, stir the remaining 1 2/3 cups of water and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the pancake mix and stir just until moistened but still lumpy. Stir in the ricotta into the pancake mixture, then stir gently to incorporate the ricotta but maintain a lumpy batter. Fold in the blueberries.

Heat a griddle over medium heat. Brush with the melted butter. Working in batches, spoon 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Serve with the honey syrup.


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I followed the directions to a "T", but my batter was so thin that the pancakes were also too thin and flimsy  for our tastes.  I'm wondering if the 1 2/3 cups isn't a mistake.  The directions on the box don't call for this much water.  We also found out that we prefer regular maple syrup to the honey version in this recipe.  So I won't be making these again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a delight! Light, tender and moist. My only problem is that the blueberries bled. So, I need to work on that issue, so that my pancakes don't look blue. Other than that, these were the best pancakes we ever ate. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's lame to change a major ingredient then complain about the results. It's not the recipe, it's you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Luv these!! However, for my taste, i left out the white sugar, cut the honey in half and added the juice of a whole lemon. The family raved about them!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious and moist...and creamy. I used low fat ricotta. I made them for my husband. He loved them! He likes honey so I knew he'd like the honey syrup and I did, too, even though I am not a big fan of honey. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a good recipe however I decreased the water in the mix from 1 and 2/3 cup to 1 1/4 cup. I also added 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, lemon juice and extra vanilla. Still came out thinner than hers so I don't understand how her mix is so thick. I was not a fan of the honey syrup but loved the pancakes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good. Nice texture and just the right sweetness. Didn't make the syrup but I imagine it would be just as good as the pancakes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not a pancake eater, but after having blueberry ricotta pancakes in Portland last weekend, I had to try making them at home. I made this recipe as written except that I added lemon zest to the batter as some reviewers suggested. It was a really nice touch. I did not make the syrup, however, but topped the pancakes with a small amount of lemon curd that I had on hand. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I probably shouldn't review this recipe since the only part of it I used was the honey syrup (I opted for a different ricotta pancake recipe. But this is a quick, easy and tasty syrup recipe. I haven't purchased store bought syrup in years, so it was nice to try this one,which I'll be adding to my repertoire of syrups. I added vanilla and steeped the simple syrup with cardamom pods before adding the honey. Great recipe. I will get around to trying the ricotta pancakes though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had the ingredients and willing diners to try this one. Love this recipe. Nice and crispy and buttery. Love the texture. Not light and fluffy like the Martha Stewart pancake recipe that we've used for years, but a nice change of pace. Especially delicious with fruit. I did everything as directed and loved the result. BY the way, my batter was extremely thick. Can't imagine any way of getting thin batter if you follow the recipe. Cant' help but to wonder if someone added the extra water, sugar and honey to the recipe rather than as a syrup on the side, or maybe the ricotta needs to be drained a bit. Giada doesn't call for it, but I do put mine in a wire mesh strainer for a few minutes to get rid of the moisture. Just a thought. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent & easy to make. Not sure what others were saying about batter being too thin. Came out perfectly. I used strawberries instead of blueberries and everyone loved them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe, the ricotta gave pancake a kick of flavor. I serve this with fresh strawberry and syrup.... breakfast of champ. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe this morning with a few modifications. I didn't have any pancake mix, so I found a basic pancake recipe (~1 & 1/2 cups. I used splenda instead of sugar. I was worried that without an egg they wouldn't be fluffy, but they puffed up nicely. I added dried blueberries & cranberries. My husband said they were lightly sweet, he hardly needed syrup. Another great recipe from Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! Added a little bit more pancake mix than the recipe called for. Batter was a little thin. The key to flipping these, like regular pancakes, is to wait for the edges to brown just slightly then flip. Used light agave nectar for the syrup instead of honey. As Giada recommends do use a non-stick skillet with a ittle butter. This is a key step in making sure they don't stick to the pan. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Once I learned my lesson on being patient with these, they were great :. I also might double the blueberries next time. I made these with Giada's mini frittatas for breakfast for dinner and my family really enjoyed everything :. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Overall very good pancakes. The only thing is to be careful when flipping them. I also had some problems with getting the batter to hold. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple, easy, recipe...It was a hit for the family...loved, loved, loved!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are awesome, just follow the recipe as Giada made them. There are only two of us now and we refrigerate the leftovers and the next day or two we put on a wire rack in the oven and they warm up beautifully. Great job Giada. We have the most gorgeous Arabian who is a world champion mare and guess what her name is -- Giada Dona. item not reviewed by moderator and published
"Extremely Disappointing!!!" I watch Giada all the time. Love.. Love.. her cooking and style. I have made much more complex recipes. I wanted to try these for years now. Finally... I decided to give it a try. The recipe seemed easy enough and the video made it seem like a breeze. It was so..... not a breeze. It was more of a pancake nightmare. IF... there is even such a thing. It was so bad.. it was ridiculous to mess up making a pancake.First of all..Giada and a few others should have what Ina has on had once on her show where the viewers can email her and she sits there and goes over the problems and questions we have about the recipes we make. This is a great idea due to my disaster.. which was a waste of time and money on the ricotta which is not cheap. The only thing that I did different was add milk instead of water. I think.. the egg may have held the batter together. But.. the batter was much too wet and loose all the pancakes stuck to the pan and would not turn. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely amazing!!! Just finished making easter breakfast for my family. Cannot say enough Added half juice from lemon Definitely kicked up all the flavors. Love love the recipe. Easy too item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these yesterday and will make these again. Loved the fact it was so simple to throw together. Thanks Giada : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love!! Love!!!! Love!! I will be making these every Sunday for sure!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these pancakes for Sunday brunch w/bacon & your honey syrup and they were fantasic! Just two of us, so had some left over batter (after making 7 and used it up the next day! Your recipes are wonderful and love your show....keep them coming! Thanks Giada. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved how light and airy these pancakes were!! I followed the recipe as is but I did add some lemon juice to the sauce (about half a squeezed lemon and that really brought out the blueberry and some of the vanilla. These are our new favorite pancakes now!! What a lovely twist on things! There worth a try and so easy too!! PS we also had plenty of left overs so we wrapped them in saran wrap and put them in a zip lock bag and froze them and brought them out later. Warmed them up on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven and they were still great!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think some of you need to watch the video! These pancakes are absolutely delicious! The addition of a little lemon juice and zest made them even better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Need to be more specific in directions,added honey syrup to mix didn't have any left over for pancakes,thought honey water was for pancake mix. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You can substitute the pancake mix for 2 cups of flour, 4 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. I used milk instead of water, and threw in an egg out of habit, and added the honey mixture right to the batter. They came out very well, although a little wet, but were thouroughly delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
I first tried this recipe in a friends house and I liked it so much that I repeated at home but instead of just using Ricotta cheese I add, half cup of Ricotta and half cup of Spreadable Cream Cheese to add a stroger flavor. Also I diluted a little bit more the syrup with water. Instead of frozen blueberries I used fresh ones and it worked out just perfect!! I love your recipies Giada and your style item not reviewed by moderator and published
best pancakes I ever tasted, and super easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read the previous reviews and added lemon zest into the pancake batter however the taste was lost as I put a little bit of rose water in the syrup. The syrup was very light and delicious and I added more water to dilute the sugar and honey. I will not add rose water to syrup next time or if I do it will be a dash (its my first time cooking with it). The pancake mix I had was multi-grain so the pancake was a bit grainy but very filling and soft. Also, I used fresh blueberries and skim ricotta cheese and it worked out well. I think next time I will add more lemon zest in the batter. I still have a lot left over...my partner and I could not eat more than two each. item not reviewed by moderator and published
so delicious!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
so good. ate 3 yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
I couldn't wait to try these, spent a lot on ricotta cheese and blueberries this time of year! The pancakes never set, so we put them in the oven and then they got hard........we just had ham for breakfast, waste of money. :( item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is super easy and full proof. The pancakes come out light and fluffy. Way to go Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would think that a recipe from food network would give me a full recipe rather than relying on pancake mix... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVED these! I will NEVER make regular pancakes again. The creamy (not at all dry) texture and the slight saltiness from the ricotta made these pancakes the best, by far, I have EVER had! I can't wait to make these again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I literally JUST made these. My picky family ate. them. UP. I used 2tsp of vanilla instead of 1.5. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i dont like ricotta pancakes item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love these! I hated dry tasteless pancakes, but these are simple and to die for! My grandson and I did a little twist and put orange extract, orange zest, and choclate chips! what a hit! thats only one of a few variations we tried. thank you Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were so simple and super delicious. I made only a couple of changes to the recipe, and they turned out fabulous. First of all, I zested a lemon into the batter. I also left out the frozen blueberries, as not every family member enjoys blueberries in their pancakes. They cooked up light and fluffy and the little bits of ricotta left in the batter were tasty surprises. I served diced bananas and fresh blueberries with the pancakes and the honey syrup. My family is HOOKED! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were great and amazing--but only if the ricotta was inside the pancake. And that's not really the recipe's fault so much as the chef's lack of working with things, but as a novice, I made these and it turned out really well. I would recommend this to anyone! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i really wanted to make these, but I didn't have the reccomenned mix and so I had to use bisquick. I also had to use fresh blueberries because this was kind of last mintue. If you are going to use bisquick---you might need to use a little more than 2 cups, but then do everything else the same. I liked these pancakes, and next time iI'm using the recommened mix and I'm sure it'll be even better!!!!! plus I used part skim cheese and it was still good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made Giada's Ricotta Pancakes a few times along with other breakfast fav. for my family, but the winner are always the pancakes. The key is not to over mix the batter and make sure the blueberries go from the freezer to the batter. Thank You G! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. It is a new Saturday-morning favorite for both my husband and me. I used frozen blackberries, because they were on sale and blueberries weren't, and they were great. The recipe was easy-to-follow, and the pancakes tasted wonderful. I like that there's a little bit of a shortcut using the mix, but still enough work to make feel okay accepting the accolades! item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW! I have never had such a light fluffy pancake! My teenage son asks me to make these over and over! I zest a lemon into the batter, and it is even more amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I adore Ricotta cheese, but these just don't work! The flavor isn't there, and they're hard to work with. Bobby Flay's Ricotta pancake recipe is much better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best pancakes i have ever eaten.. Oh my goodness these are soo moiste and the syrup is sooooo good on top.. I will never make just regular pancakes ever again.. THANKS SOOO MUCH GIADA!!!!!!!!!!! <3 item not reviewed by moderator and published
We had breakfast for dinner tonight, and these pancakes are wonderful! Easy and quick enough for breakfast or dinner on a busy night. I loved them too!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not a huge pancake fan but these are in a league all by themselves. So delicious and so simple. If I can make these, you can too. I used fresh blueberries and I didn't have pancake mix, so I found a simple recipe online and used the dry ingredients. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved these pancakes and the syrup. Who knew that I could make homemade syrup!?? (I miss the thickness of store-brought syrup, but I could do without the high fructose corn syrup in it) I used milk instead of water (I usually do that with store-brought complete pancake mixes too) and it turned out great. Oh, and I didn't add blueberries either. The pancakes were very rich but still tender and flavorful. And it's true, you can't taste the ricotta cheese at all. This will definitely be my new go-to pancake recipe!! Thanks Giada!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am going to be eating these pancakes for the rest of my life. They are easy and light and moist. The mild flavor of the cheese goes perfectly with tangy fruit. I used frozen raspberries instead of blueberries. And I am looking forward to trying all kinds of other fruit in the future. The honey syrup was lovely because it accentuated all the flavors of the pancake without overpowering them the way maple syrup tends to. Also, adding whip cream on top is a must. My husband swears he'll never eat regular pancakes again. Thank you, Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really tasty pancakes, however, I would use less ricotta next time as it can become "soupy" and difficult to cook evenly. The honey syrup is wonderful! I'm going to use this in place of store bought syrup as it is all natural and doesn't have that awful high fructose corn syrup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made breakfast for my Mother on her Christmas Visit and these pancakes were easy to make and I will not eat another pancake other then these. They are a keeper recipe and the syrup is so light simply delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved these! Always looking for different but simple ways to change up Sunday breakfast and these were just perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are amazing. They are much lighter than I expected they would be. We will definitely keep this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love these pancakes! my husband and kids loved them! they are simple to make and they are not boring!!! plus the kids have fun helping! I recommend these for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Anyone that makes pancakes alot should know that you should not overbeat the batter, you really do want it to stay alittle "lumpy" item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made these pancakes a few times b/c they are so delicious! They are perfect to serve to visitors/guests since they taste pretty gourmet. The homemade syrup is a must since it goes perfectly with the pancakes. Give it a try! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found and tried this recipe to use up about one cup of ricotta that I had in fridge. I used Hungry Jack Buttermilk Complete mix as that is what was in the cupboard and a whisk so everything blended nicely - no lumps. It produced very tender pancakes that were alittle difficult to flip till I got the hang of it. I liked the vanilla flavor with the blueberries. Next time I will use more blueberries. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My son is allergic to egg, so I do not use a complete mix, and it still turns out. I also add some lemon zest to round out the blueberry flavor. Giada is the best!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe and thought it was very good on its own. The ricotta helped to keep the pancakes moist and fluffy. The left over batter also kept well in the fridge over night to be used again the next day. My only negative thought was that the pancake itself was a little bland. The next time I made it I decided to give it a little punch with the zest of a lemon and it was amazing! It was subtle but tasted so good! With the lemon this is a five star recipe for sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am spoiled for life. Plain pancakes will never do again....Only change I had to do was the pancake mix. I had New Hope pancake mix. I used one cup of the buttermilk and one cup of the buckwheat. I liked the ricotta so much I added more on top of the pancake while it was cooking....FANTASTIC.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These Pancakes were amazing. I used butter in the pan to cook them up. The outer rim of the pancake had a golden crisp and they browned up beautifully! I have not really ever cook with Ricotta before but I will be doing it again. We normally eat honey on our pancakes anyway but the syrup made this dish special. I love how the blueberries kept their consistancy and sort of popped in your mouth when you ate the pancakes. My husband and kids enjoyed these as much as I did. Thanks for the amazing recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these pancakes over the weekend. They were so so good. I used fresh blueberries instead of frozen, and while the first side was cooking I dropped small bits of ricotta, in addition to what was mixed in the batter, so you could see it in the pancakes. Everyone loved them and said they wanted these pancakes from now on! I had trouble with the syrup being very thin, I just added a little more honey than it called for- and it was great with the pancakes! Will be making these again for sure- soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used the recommended pancake mix and it turned out great. No one could taste cheese in it; just amazing pancakes! The frozen blueberries did the trick. Now I'm always going to use frozen! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Some people have had good results with brands other than Krusteaz, but my first attempt at these was with a Trader Joe's Pancake and Waffle Mix, and the consistency was not good! I found the Krusteaz brand and that made all the difference. My 2 year old gobbles these up and my parents asked for the recipe. I'm not much of a pancake person usually, but even I love these. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I absolutely love this recipe and so does my family, including my two year old daughter! She even wanted seconds! The flavor is awesome especially with the honey syrup. Plain pancakes, never again. Definitely a must for your recipe collection! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ok guys, for those of you complaining about lumpy pancakes, my pancakes did not turn out lumpy, they were awesome. The only thing different that I used was "Hungry Jack's Complete Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix." This is what I did exactly in this order: 1) Added the water to the mix in a bowl and whisked it, no lumps 2) Added the cheese and whisked, no lumps again 3) Added the blueberries and whisked again, no lumps I don't know if it was the mix, or if it was the order, or both, but they turned out perfect!! Lastly, the key is the syrup, if you do not make the syrup then the pancakes are just ok. With the syrup, magically delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
...who rate a recipe low...AFTER YOU ADMIT THAT....YOU CHANGED THA' ingredients. I just don't understand that. Follow the recipe to the letter, taste it...if then it isn't delicious or STELLAR...then rate it low. Can you say DUH, DUH--DUH! If you can't follow directions...it's ok. Facing it is the first step. item not reviewed by moderator and published
if you know how to cook and you like good breakfast, then this recipe is for you!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used bisquick mix, and omitted the blueberries and the syrup b/c I didn't want it sweet. I thought they were decent pancakes, but nothing stellar. So I didn't follow the recipe, and I'm guessing that the syrup and the blueberries are what caused these great reviews. Otherwise, it's just your average pancakes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These pancakes are light and delicious! The honey syrup makes the perfect condiment. If I'm making lasagna, I always buy extra ricotta so I can make these : ) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had some leftover ricotta in my fridge and found this recipe. It was light and refreshing -- the honey syrup was very good. I love honey so this recipe is a keeper for me. I didn't rate it a 5 because it didn't knock my socks off. This recipe is a nice change from my usual breakfast. Thanks Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These Ricotta Pancakes are amazing!!! The few that didn't like this recipe perhaps did something incorrectly, because I just can't understand why you wouldn't LOVE these pancakes. I wouldn't change one ingredient. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was dissapointed with this recipe. It lacked flavor and had a mushy consistency. Will not make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were quite refreshing and easy to make! They seem much more fancy than they are and they syrup is a nice change! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The pancakes were delicious. Very light with a great flavor. Would definately make this for guests or a brunch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My cousin made these wonderful pancakes over the Labor Day Weekend and she just could not make enough of them! They were wonderful and oh so very easy to make and yet even easier to eat. Regular maple syrup is just as good on them as the recipe includes for the homemade syrup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these with fresh blueberries and used maple syrup instead. We loved them...so yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The honey helped quite a bit, but the pancake mix was very difficult to use on the grill. I didn't like the consistency either. They shouldn't be called pancakes. I won't do this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my absolute favorite pancake. You HAVE to eat it with the Honey Syrup. I make this for breakfast and sometimes even dinner. It is a keeper. Thank God for Giada - 99% of my dishes are from her! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and light. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are not too shabby! :-) I like that instead of using an egg as the protein, you get to use cheese. It makes for a lighter tasting pancake. They don't cook/brown as quickly as egg-included pancackes, so that took a couple of batches to get used to. :-) I skipped the syrup, and just spread some almond butter on top with a few drizzles of honey. It was VERY good. I froze all the leftovers, and I'm looking forward to having them again! Oh, I had to leave out the blueberries, since I didn't have any on hand. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These pancakes were easy to make and turned out sweet and tender. They are so good, I'll have to make a double batch next time... item not reviewed by moderator and published
this recipe is delicious...I made it this morning with my 11 year old daughter and we all loved the pancakes. The trick is you must use Krusteaz mix (or any other mix that only requires adding water) or else the recipe won't come out right. Also, we doubled the amount of blueberries! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was fabulous! I used apples instead of blueberries and the syrup from her Cafe Americano - perfect for the winter. This is excellent. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved these pancakes and so did my family! They were decadent! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were the best pancakes I have ever had! I am not a pancake fan, but I loved these & will definitely be making these again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was quite easy to half this recipe for my husband and me.We didn't really taste the ricotta, but these were the lightest and fluffiest pancakes that I have ever had. I used the Krusteaz Blueberry pancakes mix as well as the frozen blueberries. Four thumbs up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
these pancakes are great. My friend hates pancakes (weirdo) but he loved these and it's because they are so good. No one will dislike these panckaes! Great brunch item. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried these on 7/5. I thought they were ok but the cheese make the pancake a little too mushy for my own taste. I agree with other reviews in the fact that the ricotta just didnt add much flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My sister and I made these for our husbands one morning and I cannot begin to describe how INCREDIBLE these are. I want to eat these all day long!! You must try this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are the best pancakes I've ever made. the honey syrup is different and goes perfectly. I will be making these again and again. my whole family (parents, siblings, niece who's 2 and picky) LOVED them and ate every last one. the krusteaz mix suggestion is important- I am willing to bet the ones that didn't like this as much were using another brand. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best pancake ever! I watched the show when she made these and I made them myself! I will never make a regular pancake ever again! After you have had these, you will never think the same of a plain, out of the box pancake! Beth, Richmond Indiana item not reviewed by moderator and published
This receipe was easy to make and a big hit! The pancakes are light and tastey,the tang from the blueberries and the sweetness of the honey syrup make a perfect combination. I served them with baked bacon and eggs to order. Wonderful- give it a try item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved these! I also tried it with bananas and it was great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We make this for our family atleast 2 times a month - they are wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not a pancake lover because they tend to dry my mouth out after a while, but not with these. They will bring out the kid in you all over again, promise! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very light and fluffy. Easy to make. Very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
No you should NOT review the recipe if you made so many changes - gee! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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