Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings (8 pancakes)
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1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus extra for cooking the pancakes 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 medium eggs

1 1/2 cups fresh ricotta cheese

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1 1/2 cups blueberries, plus more for serving

Maple syrup, for serving

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, for garnish


  1. Put the flour, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. Combine the buttermilk, oil, vanilla and eggs in another bowl and whisk. Add the ricotta, granulated sugar and lemon zest and gently stir with the whisk until evenly combined.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the bowl with the buttermilk mixture. Fold the ingredients together until evenly combined with a few small lumps remaining in the batter. Do not overmix the batter.
  4. Heat 1/4 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a large nonstick pan. Using a ladle, pour the batter onto the pan, forming one pancake that is 3 to 4 inches in diameter; add a second pancake. Drop 4 to 5 blueberries onto each pancake and press lightly using your fingers. Cook until the edges begin to dry and puff up and little air bubbles begin to appear over the top surface of the pancakes, about 2 1/2 minutes. Flip the pancakes over and continue to cook for another minute or so until done. Continue with the remaining batter.
  5. Serve with extra blueberries and maple syrup. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
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