Disclaimer: Hungry Jack has compensated me for creating this recipe. All opinions expressed are completely my own, as usual.
I’ve come to the realization that I’m not a good menu planner. A part of me would love to have a consistent Taco Tuesday, but then the other rogue part of my brain thinks “I totally can fly by the seat of my pants and come up with random yet delicious meals with the miscellaneous stuff in my kitchen.” The only problem with this plan is that by the time 4pm rolls around and I need to
wake up from my nap make dinner, all of my creative juices stop a-flowin’. Monday through Wednesday, I fair alright but I definitely lose my steam near the end of the week and end up with at least one or two breakfasts for dinners.
I usually feel a tiny bit guilty about this, but then realize:
Ahh, the beauty that is this statement. I’ve been taking this more literally than figuratively these last few weeks and I’ve accepted it and moved on. Namely because everyone in my family LOVES pancakes. Also, lemon pancakes in particular are my new vice.
If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you will probably know that lemon anything will always be my choice. Even when integrated into the pancake world. The ricotta cheese in this recipe adds a little extra moisture and tang while the lemon keeps these tasting super light and delightful. If loving pancakes if wrong, I don’t want to be right.
Here’s how to make them:
So, secret numero uno: we’re using a pancake mix. Breakfast for dinner means I need a fast and easy meal. This is the ticket. For this particular recipe, all you need to add is water, ricotta cheese and lots of lemon zest. I used the new Hungry Jack Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix that has vitamins, iron, calcium and 10 grams of protein per serving! It’s a newer product that is awesome 🙂
Anyways, whisk all the ingredients together until mostly smooth and fry them up on a lightly greased nonstick skillet.
I employed my daughter and taught her how to flip these bad boys. She was so thrilled with herself, ya’ll. Now, she asks to be woken up early to be my pancake flipper. I don’t know at what point she became a morning person, but any less time I have to spend at the stove is a good thing.
Anyways, after you get a nice hot stack of these lemon ricotta pancakes, give them a nice dusting of powdered sugar and enjoy!
I originally was going to make some fancy lemon topping for these pancakes, but after trying one on it’s own, I realized that they were perfectly lemony enough. So we stuck with plain old syrup. Hungry Jack sent me one of their new, updated bottles of Original Syrup, so that’s what we used. And, cool thing: the updated bottles are microwavable! Hello hot syrup.
Also: it was happy to see me.
Pour that hot syrup over your pancakes and enjoy!
If this doesn’t make you want to eat pancakes, I don’t know what will.
And, because I love ya, I’m giving away a variety of Hungry Jack products to some lucky winners to try at home 🙂
All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below. That’s it. Giveaway ends September 16, 2015 at 11:59pm PST. Good luck, friends!
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Yield 6 4-inch pancakes
- 1 cup pancake mix, such as the New Hungry Jack Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix
- 3/4 cup cold water
- 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
- zest of 2 small lemons
- powdered sugar, for garnish
- Hungry Jack syrup & butter for serving
- In a medium sized bowl, stir pancake mix, water, ricotta cheese and lemon zest together until mostly smooth with a few small lumps.
- Fry on a lightly greased nonstick skillet until golden brown.
- Serve with powdered sugar and syrup.
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