June 04, 2011

Citrus ricotta pancakes with mint sugar and vanilla balsamic


Winter in Sydney can be quite pleasant. I mean really, the climate is mild - you still get a good 10 hours of sunlight during the day and it can be quite warm. This morning was a great example of this. I went for an early morning walk to the beach and did yoga on the sand. I wasn't cold and all I could hear was the sound of the waves. This is why I love living in Sydney.

Another reason to love winter in Australia is the abundance of citrus fruit in season. The Australian Navel oranges, Meyer lemons, limes and mandarins are all juicy and sweet. I have been getting my daily doze of vitamin C from all of these beautiful fruits.


These citrus-ricotta pancakes are perfect weekend food. I served these with mandarins, Meyer lemon and orange slices, mint sugar and delicious vanilla-cinnamon balsamic I bought from the markets. It is a perfect companion for the pancakes, but if you can't find it you can substitute with balsamic and honey or try making your own vanilla balsamic using pure vanilla paste and a tiny pinch of ground cinnamon. This is a great way to kick start the weekend!


Citrus ricotta pancakes with mint sugar and vanilla balsamic
(makes 6 small pancakes)

2 large free-range eggs
200g smooth ricotta (low-fat)
80g whole spelt flour
juice of 1 Meyer lemon
juice of 1/2 Navel orange
1 tablespoon fruity extra-virgin olive oil
olive oil, for frying

2 big handfuls of fresh mint
3-4 tablespoons raw, natural vanilla sugar

1 orange, sliced
1 Meyer lemon, sliced
2 mandarins, sliced
vanilla-cinnamon balsamic, to serve

1. Whisk the eggs and ricotta until smooth. Whisk in the flour. Add in the lemon and orange juice and the oil, then whisk until smooth. 

2. Brush a small frying pan with olive oil. Fry the pancakes on each side for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Stack the pancakes on a serving plate.

3. Pound the fresh mint and the sugar in a mortar until it resembles a smooth paste. 

4. Serve the pancakes with the sliced citrus fruit (you could use grapefruit as well), mint sugar and balsamic.

59 comments:

  1. gorgeous pictures and looks like the perfect summer (refreshing) breakfast! again...gorgeous pictures!

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  2. omg, i want these. like now.

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  3. Such fresh flavours! A great breakfast idea, this. :)

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  4. Oooh, is that balsamic from Pukara Estate? They have SUCH a good range of vinegar and oil :)
    Your flavour combinations astound, as always, I never even thought of balsamic on a pancake!

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  5. Beautiful. I never considered vanilla and cinnamon - or anything really - in my balsamic. So many possibilities now!

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  6. I bet Ricotta adds such a nice texture to the hotcakes, I've added tofu before, but I'd love to try ricotta and soba...

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  7. so fresh and beautiful! I agree with you about the mild winter in Sydney :) such a lovely climate!

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  8. What flavors! Those sunny pancakes are so original.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  9. This looks like a perfect weekend lunch for me!

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  10. Wonderful combination of flavors, the pancakes look stunning!

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  11. Winters are great in Bangalore as well (where I live!)not too cold, just enough to want to eat A LOT! and I eat oranges by the dozen :)
    Have never paired orange with mint... sounds interesting!
    Great photos as usual!

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  12. Yummo! Sounds so delicious, almost refreshing!

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  13. I am blown away by your photography...consistently, with each and every post, I feel like your photos just SPEAK to me, they communicate a story, they're beautiful from the composition down to the cropping to any editing you do...just..stunning! And the recipe sounds wonderful too!

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  14. Mmmmm! loving the addition of mint. Very refreshing!

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  15. Gorgeous pictures, absolutely gorgeous!

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  16. It sounds a lot like here in winter, and that's why I like living on the SW coast of Florida. My lemons are green right now, but in our winter our citrus is ready too. (our beach was voted no. 1 in the nation)

    On to these wonderful pancakes. I am seriously going to make these. I just can't eat regular pancakes like so many do with that stuff they call syrup, yuck I won't eat it on anything, so these are the perfect pancakes for me. The vanilla-cinnamon balsamic sounds so interesting. I should try making that too (I've made my own vanilla extract) that way I can use organic vanilla beans. I love your photos too they are stunning!

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  17. Wow -- gorgeous shots! Love the mint in this =)

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  18. Wow breakfast that sounds like a cocktail! Looks gorgeous!

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  19. I adore ricotta pancakes- after I had them for the first time I could not go back to originals. With the meyer lemons I can only imagine the flavor!

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  20. Love this combination~ I have a big bunch of fresh mint just waiting to be muddled with some raw sugar!

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  21. Love those pancakes, so colorful and refreshing and your clicks are sure a treat for eyes.

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  22. wow! so unique! I love that there is so much fruit, that's how I like my pancakes too.

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  23. I'm in awe with this recipe. Never seen anything like it before.

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  24. I LOVE this post. I think your photos are top notch here. I love the image of doing yoga on the beach...

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  25. I would love to live there too :), and I'm saving this recipe (at the moment I'm doing a raw vegan cleanser diet and I'm going to make this as soon as I go back to being a regular vegetarian in a few weeks). Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  26. Mandarins are my ultimate Winter fruit favourite. I like the idea of having citrus with generally sweet flavour of ricotta and pancakes. Great idea for a weekend brekky. And gorgeous pictures as always.

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  27. Beautiful citrus! I love the combination of citrus and mint in these pancakes.

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  28. Love the combo of ricotta & citrus..Mmmm..drooling.Beautiful pictures of mandarins

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  29. Love the pairing of flavors! This sounds delish and I might just have to make some for brunch tomorrow.

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  30. Incredible pics - you know how to make a person drool and reach out vicariously for the yummy pancake platter!!! AWESOMENESS!!!!

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  31. Oh Wow, Maria - Can I have for breakfast please? The sunshine in the lush citrus would have perked up anyone!

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  32. I am so impressed! I had ricotta pancakes (or was it cottage cheese) years ago and wanted to make them , now I have a great recipe to go by!

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  33. What a beautiful post and recipe! I love ricotta pancakes and I'm absolutely loving the addition of citrus in the recipe :)

    Hugs,

    Aldy.

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  34. For a person who's crazy for citrus, the first picture was too painful to look at (and I don't have any citrus to bite at home right now!). Mary, this is amazing. What a phenomenal pancakes you made!!! I only wish I have these pancakes when I wake up in the morning. Too bad I'm not your partner. LOL.

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  35. Hehe it's funny you mention how warm it is in Winter-I suppose it is compared to Finland! Mr NQN's mum is there now enjoying the summer weather. *sigh* if only we were too!

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  36. Your photos are all so gorgeous. You're lucky to live in a place with so much fruit! That would be a paradise for me.

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  37. amazing! amazing idea, amazing flavor and amazing pictures! What more can I say?

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  38. I completely hear on on our wonderful Winters - especially like today.
    We spent the morning down in Bronte and I was mesmerized by the amazing waves. So majestic and spellbinding in the sparkly sunlight!

    These pancakes look a real treat. I am thrilled I found your blog and all your delicious posts. This one is a keeper!

    xx Charlotta

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  39. Gorgeous photos as usual Maria. Loving your recipe hope I can give it a go soon :D

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  40. Maria, I can only wish to have winters like that here. Love the thought of spending time on the beach and having these cakes upon my return. Love the flavours, some of my favourites!

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  41. I wish our winters (in northern Europe) were like those in Sydney. But perhaps that is why you no longer live in Scandinavia ?:) Your pancakes not only look scrumptious but the recipe sounds heavenly. Thanks for sharing and love your photos.

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  42. Such a beautiful burst of colour for our current wintry days. Love ricotta pancakes but will have to try them with citrus now. A lovely combo.

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  43. Wonderful combination of flavours. The vanilla balsamic is pretty intriguing.

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  44. I've never tried eating pancakes this way, but it sounds (and of course, looks) absolutely delicious...! I love the plate too, very elegant :).

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  45. What a delicious marriage of flavors. These look and sound fantastic! I'm not usually one to order pancakes for breakfast at a restaurant, but if I saw these on the menu, they'd be very hard to resist.

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  46. the more I read your blog, the more I feel like moving to Sydney, not to mention just visiting Australia! you are able to make me feel relaxed and in a peaceful mood just with your words and pictures! Thank you Maria!

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  47. Ahhhh the mere mention of ricotta pancakes makes me think of Bill's ricotta hotcakes. We have a brunch date there when I'm back, you and I ;) btw your lemons are so pretty!

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  48. Citrus ricotta pancakes sound delectable! And fresh mint to liven it all up...heavenly! Beautiful photos too.

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  49. mmmm this look perfect and that balsamic sounds delicious, i'll keep my eye out for it.

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    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/2011/05/chocolate-recipe-and-chocolate.html

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  51. As always, a great dish. Your pictures are fab! :)

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  52. what an amazing combination! these are far and away the most elaborate and elegant pancakes i've ever seen. well done, maria!

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  53. Yum, Maria these look sensational! I'll have to give them a try on the upcoming long weekend!

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  54. I stumbled across your blog and came across to find these totally divine pictures...Never seen such beautiful looking pancakes before...

    -Shilpa

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  55. Beautiful and Yum YUM! Love your blog!
    ~ Juliane of www.StyleNectar.com

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  56. Oh these truly do look like the perfect weekend food, and I am loving the combination of all the different citrus. Beautiful!

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  57. Mint sugar. This is giving me some cool ideas. A new toy! Thanks for sharing, Maria.

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  58. These beautiful pancakes are perfect to enhance our vitamin C intake! I love anything citrus.

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