Little by little we are discovering there were a few other things he missed. He made a special request for ricotta pancakes last weekend. They are my favorite, he enthused. I won't even eat ordinary pancakes any more. Ernest made an emergency trip to the store before breakfast to buy ricotta, since I didn't have any on hand, that's how much he likes them. I usually make them with ricotta left over from lasagne or calzones.
I don't know where I got the recipe, or I would give them credit. The original was a little skimpy for 4 voracious people so I increased the proportions.
Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes
1 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup milk
4 eggs, separated
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
If the ricotta is really watery, you can strain it, but I usually don't bother.
Mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
Mix ricotta, milk, egg yolks and vanilla in a smaller bowl.
Beat egg whites until stiff.
Stir wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients, then fold in egg whites.
OK, here's where I don't have instructions because I am not the pancake cooker in the house, only the mixer. Someone else usually does the griddle work. Cook them like you would any other pancakes, I guess!
Now I have ricotta leftover from the pancakes! What else can I make? This Baked Ricotta spread looks good!