Mini Ricotta Pancakes with Orange Blackberry Compote

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This is an action-packed week for me, including 4 days of work, 2 days of class, 1 midterm exam and 1 essay. Plus the check oil light in my car has been suspiciously on despite a recent oil change and all my bills are due next week. I’m totally freaked out! Being a grown-up is hard! Fortunately, being a grown-up has its perks. One of those being the ability to eat whatever the eff I want for dinner. You know what my favorite kind of dinner food is? Breakfast food. Home fries, bacon and cheesy scrambled eggs… Mmmm…

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Of course, no breakfast is complete without something sweet. What is breakfast if not an excuse to eat what is essentially a dessert first thing in the morning? This pancake recipe definitely fits the bill. It pulls out all the stops with a tart yet sweet OJ, blackberry and honey compote and a rich ricotta spread. The pancakes themselves are slightly less guilt-inducing with their mini size and use of whole wheat flour, egg whites, lower fat content milk and part skim ricotta cheese.

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Compote is one of the most magical things that can happen in cooking. Watching the heated berries burst and ad their colorful juices to the pan is just really exciting. Compote sounds hard and fancy. Thanks, French people. But in reality it just means ‘mixture’ and it is very easy to accomplish. Just remember to stir often as it contains a lot of sugar, which is prone to burning if left unattended over heat. In medieval Europe, compote was served solo as dessert but we all know more is better. Use any type of fruit, extract and spice combination in your compote and use it top ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal or baked goods. It can be served hot or cold.

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Mini Ricotta Pancakes with Orange Blackberry Compote

  • Servings: 30 mini pancakes
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Ingredients:

Orange Blackberry Compote:

12 oz blackberries

1/4 cup orange juice

1 tsp cornstarch

2 tablespoons sugar

¼ cup honey

Mini Ricotta Pancakes:

1 ½ cup whole wheat flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 ½ cup vanilla soy or 2% dairy milk

2 egg whites

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ cup part skim ricotta cheese

½ cup sugar

Sweet Ricotta Spread:

½ cup part skim ricotta cheese

2 teaspoons honey

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Orange Blackberry Compote:

Combine all compote ingredients in a small saucepan.

Heat over medium heat until it starts to bubble.

Reduce heat and simmer. Stir often until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in honey.

Mini Ricotta Pancakes:

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk ricotta, milk, egg whites, vanilla and sugar.

Add ricotta mixture to dry ingredients and stir until lumps are gone.

Heat greased skillet over medium heat.

Pour 2 tablespoon of batter per pancake onto hot skillet.

When pancakes start to bubble, about 2 minutes, flip with spatula.

Cook for additional 2 minutes and remove from heat.

Repeat for remaining batter.

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Sweet Ricotta Spread:

Combine ricotta, honey and vanilla.

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Top pancakes with compote and spread.

*For regular-sized pancakes, cook ¼ cup of batter for 3 minutes a side. Makes about 11.

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