Tuesday, October 27

For a Sexy Autumn Breakfast, Try This Recipe for Ricotta Hotcakes with Warm Spiced Apples and Maple Syrup

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This Halloween weekend is going to be all about the kids. Candy, jack 'o lanterns, trick or treating, and arguments about whether they'll wear their winter coats over or under their costumes. That is, unless you live in Southern California, Arizona, or Florida. You parents have no idea how easy you have it.

Well, today's post isn't about the kids. It's about the parents. Because come Sunday morning, you're going to need a respite from all things Halloween, including your sugar-hyped kids. So get up a little early while they're still sleeping, and make yourself a batch of these Ricotta Hotcakes with Warmed Spiced Apples and Maple. (This is also a good time to ransack their Halloween bags for a few of your favorite candies. Come on, you know you do.)

Sure hotcakes are similar to pancakes, but they're better. The creamy ricotta cheese and airy whipped egg whites renders them pillowy soft and tender. You could top them with anything you fancy, but what says autumn more deliciously than warm spiced apples and raisins drowned in maple syrup? Plus "ricotta hotcakes" sounds a whole lot sexier than pancakes, and since the kids will still be in bed, that's a very good thing.

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Ricotta Hotcakes with Warmed Spiced Apples and Maple Syrup

Serves 4
Makes about 16 hotcakes
Print recipe only here.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 cup milk
4 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
canola oil for griddle

2 tablespoons butter
2 sweet, crisp apples, peeled and diced (such as Rome Beauty, Golden Delicious, or Honeycrisp)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/2 cup pure maple syrup, plus extra for drizzling

1. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt.

2. In a large bowl, whisk ricotta cheese, milk, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Add flour mixture and whisk just until combined.

3. In a clean, dry glass or metal bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer on high until foamy. Using a spatula, fold into the batter.

4. Pour a little bit of oil on a griddle over medium heat. Drop batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto the griddle. Cook for 1 minute, or until golden underneath. Flip and cook 30-60 more, or until golden. Repeat. Keep hotcakes on a covered warm plate or in a low oven (250 degrees F) until ready to serve. 

5. To make the apples, melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add apples and cook for 5 minutes, or until golden and tender, but not mushy. Add remaining ingredients through 1/2 cup maple syrup. Stir well and cook 2 minutes, or until the syrup begins to bubble. Cool slightly. When ready to serve, ladle on top of hotcakes. Serve with maple syrup.

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You might also enjoy these adult-friendly breakfasts from Food Blogga:
Breakfast Egg Sandwich with Avocado and Chipotle Mayo
Savory Chestnut Pancakes with Pancetta and Creme Fraiche
Fresh Fig, Ricotta, and Honey Breakfast Crostini
Savory Sausage and Fennel Galette

Here are more adult-friendly breakfasts you might enjoy:
Spiced Pear Galette recipe at My Diverse Kitchen
Pumpkin French Toast recipe at Panini Happy
Smoked Salmon Quiche recipe at One For The Table
Green Chile Huevos Rancheros recipe at The Way the Cookie Crumbles

PS- Meeta of What's For Lunch, Honey? just brought to my attention that my hotcakes would be ideal for her Monthly Mingle this month, which is brunch.


Unknown said...

oh yum!! those look fantastic

Heather said...

mmm. i love ricotta in pancakes! those apples look delicious :)

Elle said...

Ricotta surely adds a certain sophistication to hotcakes...and maple is such a favorite fall flavor 9along with apples of course) so these are the perfect breakfast, especially for adults :)

We Are Not Martha said...

Oooh Iove sexy Autumn breakfasts :) And spiced apples are totally my favorites. I would eat this for breakfast, but would also as a dessert!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those look fantastic and incredibly scrumptious!



Meeta K. Wolff said...

oh yes i want this sexy breakfast susan! it looks so perfect. i think i could literally spend a few hours savoring something like this!

ps this would be perfect for the current monthly mingle theme!

Hilary (Adventures from 14 Maple) said...

Heck yeah I will! I got so excited about this gem of autumn deliciousness that I may have gotten a little teary...before you laugh too hard I'll let you know I'm pregnant. Anyone who knows what it's like to be pregnant knows how genuine tears about food can be. Thanks for providing all the great recipes for this pregnant foodie!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Yummy! I have some ricotta in my fridge left over from ravioli - now I know what to make!

And leave Arizona out of this "easy" Halloween thing this year, as I saw today in the news that it was snowing in Flagstaff. LOL

For us, it'll be relatively easy. The lows on Saturday night are expected to be in the 50s, so maybe a layered shirt underneath the costume will be all they need. (we're in Dallas) I do remember many years of 80-degree weather on Halloween though!

glutenfreeforgood said...

Susan -- we're definitely on the same wave length with syrupy breakfasts! I love big breakfasts like this, especially dripping with pure maple syrup!

Kate said...

We have a local restaurant that makes amazing Lemon Ricotta pancakes. I had them several years ago and thought to myself 'These are going to be all over the place in a matter of time'.

I love your version. Sexy indeed!

The Teacher Cooks said...

Will have to try with the ricotta cheese. I love the photos for the pancakes. Very nice!

Manggy said...

Oh, you definitely don't want sexy food around the kids! ;) They'll be renamed cheezee pancakes for when they come down, lol.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

These would be so welcome after a night of "spooking" with the kids.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

danielle-Oh, thank you!

heather-I do too!

elle-I'm so glad you think so. Thanks!

sues-It's an equal opportunity dish. ;)

rosa-Thank you so much!

meeta-Just added it! :)

hilary-Anything I can do to help a woman in craving. :)

tastyeatsathome-Ah, yes, Flagstaff. How could I have forgotten. Maybe I should change "Arizona" to "Pheonix." :)

melissa-The more maple syrup the better!

kate-Lemon and ricotta make the perfect couple!

teachercooks-I hope you do! Thanks.

mark-Cheezee pancakes. Ha! You crack me up.


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I love doing fresh ricotta for a pancake recipe I have and this looks fabulous ... wonderful for a special breakfast.

Debbie said...

Oh I love ricotta hotcakes! So much better than plain pancakes. Yours look great Susan!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I love the texture of pancakes made with Ricotta. I do a lemon ricotta version that is quite nice. And, I'd be happy to be overcharged with maple syrup, instead of sugar from candy!

Rylan said...

It's almost lunch and I'm still craving for these!

Soma said...

That sound of spiced apple & maple syrup is giving me the sensual tingle. Awesome.a

Anonymous said...

I have a container of ricotta in my refrigerator right now, so I'm definitely making these on Sunday (while the kids are in bed). ;0

The Food Hunter said...

I love ricotta pancakes. Warm spiced apples sounds perfect with them.

nora@ffr said...

impressive!! beyond impressive!! such a talent you have!! great job!! keep it up!

Cris said...

Oh that's me, getting up a little early to have some quiet time and fixing pancakes just makes it more special. :-) Those look great!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

tanna-It does make breakfast special.

debbie-Thank you so much.

tw-Yes, lemon and ricotta are beautiful together.

rylan-They taste good any time of the day.

soma-Ooh, that's a rated "R" comment. ;)

anonymous-That's the spirit. ;)

hank-The apples are just right at this time of year.

nora-How sweet of you!

cris-I'm so happy to hear that. You need your special quiet time too. :)

Juliana said...

These ricotta hotcakes with the apples are sure a nice treat for a weekend brunch...look absolutely yummie :-)

easy recipes said...

That look amazing. Thanks for the recipe.

Unknown said...

I owe you big time. I made the hotcakes today and what a sensation, they made. They are delicious.

I ended up, after several hotcakes, making them like blintzes and they worked beautifully although I did not close the flaps.

I hope to blog it soon.

These are healthy also. Thanks.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

juliana-THank you so much!

easyrecipes-You're quite welcome!

sweetandsavory-I'm so happy to hear that! Like blintzes? Now, that's a fabulous idea. Yes, please let me know when your post is up. I'd love to see it. :)

Andrea Meyers said...

They look so light and airy, and the combination of flavors is wonderful.

Amelia PS said...

glad I came across your blog! so great!

PennySaved said...

These look and sound amazing. We have gotten off-track lately, pancakes on school mornings is usually the organic stuff from a can Batter Blaster.
But one of our "holiday resolutions" is to get back to cooking more. Maybe this weekend we'll try these ricotta ones - yum!
It's waaaaayyyyy to cold to grill so my husband won't be helping cook ... wonder what we'll have tonite ....
Thanks again for posting and happy holidays to everybody.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

andrea-They really light and airy.

amelia-Thank you!

pennysaved-I think that's a laudable resolution. I do hope you try these hotcakes. They're soooo good. And stay warm!