Ricotta Infused Pancakes and Thyme Syrup
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups whole ricotta cheese
- 1 cup whole milk
- 3 large eggs, separated
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Thyme-Infused Syrup, recipe follows
- Thyme-Infused Syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups water, plus 1 teaspoon cold water, for slurry
- 20 fresh thyme sprigs
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
In a large bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the ricotta mixture. Ladle about 1/3 cup of the batter for each pancake onto the hot griddle, or in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the pancakes for 2 to 3 minutes, or until tops are covered with bubbles and the edges look dry. Turn, and cook on the other side. Repeat the procedure with remaining batter. Transfer to a serving platter and serve immediately with Thyme-Infused Syrup.Thyme-Infused Syrup:
In a small saucepan, over medium heat, whisk the sugar and water together to combine. Add the thyme sprigs; then reduce the heat, and simmer for 3 minutes. Combine the cornstarch and 1 teaspoon of water in a small bowl until well mixed. Add the cornstarch slurry to the sugar mixture and simmer until thickened to a syrup. Remove from the heat, and strain into a serving bowl. Discard the thyme sprigs.
Yield: 2 cups
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