Orange Ricotta Pancakes for a Citrus #SundaySupper


I’ve been completely absent from the world of blogging these past few weeks. But it’s been for a good reason. Bear with me – I’m going to nerd out for a minute.

Besides my full time job, I’ve been working on a case with my previous employers. It’s a case that I’ve worked on from the very beginning, starting three years ago when it was at the trial level. I was there when our client was acquitted and the Crown appealed. I was there to help write the factum for the Court of Appeal and watched my boss argue the case (and unfortunately lose – the acquittal was overturned and a new trial ordered). I then helped draft a leave application to the Supreme Court of Canada (because you don’t get to go there as of right – the Supreme Court has to agree to hear the appeal) and then was thrilled when they actually granted leave. It’s a big deal because they only do so with a small percentage of appeals every year and your case needs to raise an issue of national importance. We worked our asses off writing our factum (a 40-page legal argument) and preparing for the hearing.
So what does this have to do with blogging (or an absence of)? I was in Ottawa this past week with my previous bosses, watching them argue the appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada. I know this isn’t that thrilling to most people but as a young lawyer still finding her way, it’s been the most exciting experience of my legal career and definitely one of the coolest experiences of my life. I had the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada correctly pronounce my name (which is rare) and then watched as some of the brightest legal minds in the country made their submissions and answer questions from the full panel of 9 judges.

This experience came at just the right time. I’ve been going through a bit of crisis with respect to where my career is heading and it reinvigorated my love of the law. It’s made me want to be better at my job, which is a feeling I haven’t had in a long time. For better or worse (hopefully better if the decision goes our way), I’ve helped change the law of this country through my part in this case and that’s an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life.

I was also happy to come back home and have a nice long weekend to get back into the kitchen. This week’s Sunday Supper is all about citrus – bright, fresh notes that just burst with the feeling of Spring. This week’s host is the amazing, hilarious, and extremely talented Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. I respect this lady so much, not only for the delicious meals she whips up but also for her fierce, intelligent wit and her sense of conviction on important issues.
I also love baking with citrus. The Husband especially loves lemon desserts so it’s a flavour that’s featured often here on this blog. This week, I didn’t want to go my normal route of cake so I chose pancakes. I was inspired by the Big Sis from Another Miss who recently made blood orange ricotta pancakes. When I saw her version, I knew that this was something I needed to get in mah belly.

Orange Ricotta Pancakes (lightly adapted from
1/3 cup unsalted butter, plus more for frying
1 cup whole milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon fine salt
3 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
zest of 1 orange
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese

Heat butter in microwave in 15 second increments until it’s melted (don’t be like me and heat it too long – melted butter explodes in the microwave. You’d think I’d have learned from the first three times this has happened).

Allow the butter to cool slightly. Place the egg yolks, 1 tablespoon of sugar, orange zest and vanilla in a large bowl. Whisk to combine. Add the milk and then the butter. Whisk until smooth (mine had lumps of butter – don’t sweat it).

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Add this flour mixture into the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until just combined (don’t overmix – you want it lumpy). Set the bowl aside.

In a medium bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, whisk the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Halfway through mixing, add the remaining tablespoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Using a rubber spatula, fold the whites into the batter until just combined.

Gently fold the ricotta into the batter. Again, don’t overmix – the batter will be lumpy and streaked with ricotta.

Heat a large nonstick frying pan, griddle, or seasoned cast iron skillet over medium heat until hot. I used lots of butter to fry my pancakes. Ladle the batter into your pan and cook until bubbles form on the top of the pancakes, about 4-5 minutes. Flip and cook the other side until the bottoms are golden brown, about 2-3 minutes more.
Serve immediately with whatever you like (syrup, powdered sugar, fruit, whipped cream…the yummy possibilities are endless).

These are damned good pancakes. I served them to friends for brunch and they loved them. Frying them in butter made the edges ridiculously crispy and the insides were incredibly moist. These aren’t fluffy pancakes – the texture inside is almost pudding-like. The Husband couldn’t stop eating them, which is always a good sign that I’ve made a winning recipe.
When life hands you a lemon (or limes, oranges, grapefruit…) make something delicious from this amazing list of citrus recipes!

Better with Citrus Breakfasts:

Big On Citrus Breads & Condiments:

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Sour Citrusy Sweets & Desserts:

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64 thoughts on “Orange Ricotta Pancakes for a Citrus #SundaySupper

  1. I don’t even know how you have time to try cases in front of the Supreme Court of Canada and do all your high-powered lawyering AND write your blog…oh, and bake the stuff you need to, to write the blog. I am just so impressed, Nancy!! And these pancakes look light and fluffy and beautiful!

  2. It’s such a pleasure when you feel great about your job and what you do. It sure does increase your desire to work harder. Finding something I love to do has been a task, but I think I’m heading in the right direction. Now, if only I added some of these pancakes to the mix, life would be sweet. They look delish, Nancy. Congrats on loving what you do again.

  3. okay so you clearly weren’t the only one out of touch with the blogging world seeing as I only just got around to reading all of your new posts!!! I know this is a little late, but wow, congratulations on such a professional achievement and a personal accomplisment!! I’m no lawyer, but I know enough to know that the Supreme Court of Canada is a pretty big deal, so way to go, very impressive that you got to experience all of that!! These pancakes look so perfectly fluffy, cool that you combined orange and ricotta! I’ve yet to try either in pancake form but once I summon up the courage and ingredients, I’m going to give this one a shot 🙂

  4. Nancy, being able to witness an argument in the Supreme Court would be an awesome experience, especially for a young attorney…an excellent reason to be away from your blog! Thanks for sharing that story! These pancakes are wonderful!!! Love the incorporation of the orange with the ricotta!

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