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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes

These pancakes are bursting with fresh flavors!
Limoneira lemons provide the tartness, while the the ricotta balances out the flavors.

lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

When a lemon company from California approaches you and asks if you want fresh lemons, you say YES!

That is exactly what happened last month when Limoneira contacted me.  I live in the Midwest, lemons are ONLY found in the grocery store.  We have apple trees, pear trees, cherry trees, even peach trees, but we do not have lemon trees.  In fact, I've never even seen one in person {I really need to get out to California again}!

So, yes, Limoneira, please send me a box of your fresh lemons to my doorstep and I'll be happy to create a recipe around your gorgeous fruit.

This produce company has been around since 1893 {also producing avocados, oranges, cherries and more}.  Can you believe that?  Such a testament to their beliefs and standards.

It was a good day when those beauties arrived.

lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

One day after I dropped the kids off at school I got busy on these flapjacks.  Can I just say juicing a fresh lemon is so easy?  I'm used to the ones at the store that are hard and I have to roll around on the counter for an hour to get their juices flowing....not these!

I decided to pair the tart lemon taste with blueberries, because, well lemons and blueberries go together like ham and cheese, it just fits.  But lemons and blueberries can crack a punch of tartness so to even that out I added ricotta cheese to the batter.

Ricotta is creamy and smooth and easily blends out the flavor of the bright fruit.  This all can together perfectly!

lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I made a double batch of these fully knowing I didn't have my prime blueberry pancake eater in the house at the time {my 6 year old}.  Not leaving some for him would be like taking away his legos...so the extra batch got a quick freeze on a cookie sheet and then thrown into freezer bags for future breakfasts.

And here, writing this post, a few weeks later, those delicious pancakes are GONE.  As soon as he found out about them, they were his breakfast staple for about 4 days straight.

Who can blame him!

One week after I made these we had some family over for our youngest birthday and I have six precious lemons left in my box.  I was like a hoarder waiting for that perfect moment to use them again.

Easy peasy.  Freshly squeezed lemonade folks!  This recipe for my Refreshing, Simple & Homemade Lemonade is the grand daddy of them all.  We love it.  It's sweet, but not overly sweet like store bought versions.  Bookmark this one for summer my friends!

And then my lemons were gone {enter in sad face}.  A big, HUGE, thanks to Limoneira. They were fabulous to work with and their produce is stellar.

Road trip to California anyone?

Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes

2 c. flour
4 t. baking powder
1 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 c. whole milk
2 large eggs
2 t. vanilla
juice of two lemons
1 T. lemon zest
1/2 c. ricotta cheese
1 c. fresh blueberries

1.  In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.
2.  In another bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and zest.  Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture stirring until just combined.  Add in the ricotta and stir.
3.  Heat a large griddle pan to medium-high heat coating with non-stick cooking spray.  Working in batches spoon batter onto the griddle sprinkling with 4-5 blueberries each.  Flip once bubbled from on the batter, then cooking another minute on the flipped side.
4.  Serve warm with melted butter and maple syrup.

lemon ricotta blueberry pancakes (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Interested in some of my other delicious pancake recipes?  Yeah, met too - sometimes I forget about them!  Here you go.

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