Food is the element that brings us to the table, where life is lived and memories are made.
This is a sentence that popped into my ever-wandering brain while recipe testing several months ago. I couldn’t find a piece of paper, or my phone so I wrote it down on the inside of a plastic wrap box that was sitting on the counter. I have pens and paper all over the house and yet, at that moment I was paperless. This is so me.
I’ve always felt life was lived at the table. A place to breathe and dream, share thoughts and opinions (always opinions around the Bennett table), to connect and inspire. I know it sounds cliché, but the table where we dine, truly brings us together.
My family is typically all about dinner. Breakfast has always been optional for some reason. If my oldest gal is home she grabs a banana and my youngest has a handful of granola. I prefer a few cups of coffee and maybe an oatmeal cookie or a slice of gluten-free toast with grass-fed butter and local honey. But when I do make breakfast, I go big.
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Lemon Curd and Vanilla Bean Maple Syrup. I said I go big. 🙂
I make ricotta pancakes on occasion, usually laced with the typical citrus flavors and then topped with berries and cream or jam. However, my sister was in NYC recently and came back raving about Lemon Ricotta Pancakes topped with Lemon Curd and drizzled with Vanilla Bean Maple Syrup and, well, I couldn’t stop thinking about Lemon Ricotta Pancakes so I had to make them.
This is my tasty version of Lemon Ricotta Pancakes. I make my own lemon curd but you can certainly purchase it to save time. I was wondering if I’d enjoy the vanilla bean maple syrup combined with all the lemon… I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to flavors, but these two flavors paired deliciously. Just in case the vanilla bean maple syrup wasn’t a hit with the fam, I also served a wild blueberry syrup which was also complimentary.
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Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,
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- 1 15oz tub whole milk ricotta (or scant two cups)
- 1 large lemon zested and juiced
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup all-purpose
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1 -2 vanilla beans, sliced in half and beans scraped out (we're using the beans so don't toss)
- 1 cup real maple syrup
I've prepared a lot of lemon curd recipes and I have to say I like this one the best. It's from Elinor Klivans, Fine Cooking Magazine Issue 26
Thanks to my sis, Kristin Bryan, for this exquisite recipe idea! Love you!