Valentine's day has never been anything I particularly agree with but if it means Valentine ricotta pancakes then I'm sold.
It's always one of those overly commercial holidays that you celebrate when you've got a second half, and ignore when you're a single lady. But there is something nice about celebrating the love you have in your life, even if it is with your french bulldog Huntley!
So what do we do for the people or pups we love? Breakfast in Bed! Since I can remember breakfast in bed, has always been one of those celebratory meals (because eating in bed leaves crumbs!). Freshly squeezed orange juice for Mother's Day, buttered toast for Father's Day and now ricotta pancakes for that special someone.
If you are stuck for ideas on what to 'give', I'd say breakfast in bed is the perfect meal. It means you went to the effort to cook something, but there is the added bonus of cuddles! Win!
So here is my quick, tasty and easy to make Valentine pancakes with ricotta, infused with orange and maple syrup because they are a match made in heaven (love pun intended!)
Ricotta pancakes with orange and maple syrup
Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 30 mins Serves: 5 ( or one love of your life)
- 2 cups of wholemeal flour
- 1.5 cups of milk
- 5 tablespoons of ricotta ( 2 Tbsps for pancakes, 3 Tbsps for topping)
- 1 orange (juice and rind)
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 1/2 tablespoon of raw sugar
- 2 eggs
- Cocoa Powder (we used Healthy Chef Naked Chocolat Dark)
- Butter for the pan
- How to make these fluffy delights?
- Whisk the eggs until they are light and fluffy.
- Add the flour, sugar, milk and ricotta and mix until free of lumps ( this requires your arms to mix vigorously!).
- If you want to make a mixed stack then place half the mixture into another bowl.
- In one of your batters add the Cocoa Powder for a chocolatey surprise. (Note: to the plain pancakes we added almonds when we placed them in the pan for some extra love!)
- We made super cute love heart shaped pancakes with our little heart pan. If by chance you have one rub some butter into your pan & pour your mix into the heart pan and let it cook until it bubbles on the surface then flip into a normal pan to brown the other side. Otherwise round cakes will taste just as good, using a pan place butter and pour mix, flipping once the pancake bubbles on the surface.
- Continue until you have a nice tall stack.
- For the ricotta dollop, use the remaining ricotta & slowly pour the juice of one orange in. Add in slowly to avoid splitting the ricotta with the citrus. Add 1 Tbsp of maple syrup.
- Put your stack together, dollop with ricotta and decorate with orange rind. Add extra maple syrup to soak through the stack.
- Surprise! Breakfast in bed. Swoon.
We hope your loved one enjoys this lovely surprise, we sure would.
From The Table Top x