Monday, February 1, 2010

Breakfast for Dinner: Ricotta Pancakes with Thyme Syrup and a Ham Steak

Last night I made breakfast for dinner! I usually don't love breakfast food, but I saw this on an episode of Paula Deen and it looked divine. I cut this recipe in half and there was still more than enough pancakes for both Jeffrey and I. This meal was a little more advanced than most of my meals. It took me a while and by the time I was finished I was starving! It would be a fun Valentine's day breakfast for your honey!
(see the bottom for an updated recipe)
Ricotta Infused Pancakes
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder (sorry for the random measurements but I cut them in half)
3/4 cup whole ricotta cheese
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 eggs
2 Tb sour cream
1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 tsp salt

Separate yolk and whites from eggs into 2 bowls. Since I only needed 1 1/2 eggs I tried to half the yolk of one of the eggs and then didn't use all of the whites in the mix. (Hopefully that makes since)
Swift flour and baking powder in a bowl.

In another bowl combine ricotta, sour cream, egg yolks and milk. Whisk until smooth.

Stir in the thyme, lemon zest, pecans and salt.

Add the flour mix and stir until smooth.

With a hand mixer beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. (this will take a few minutes)

Gently fold the egg whites into the ricotta mixture.

Heat a griddle and spray with pam if it isn't non-stick.
Ladle 1/3 cup of the batter into griddle for each pancake.

Cook for 2 1/2 mins on each side.

Repeat until your batter is gone, about 7-8 pancakes.

Thyme Syrup (this tasted good with the ricotta pancakes but you can easily use corn syrup or maple syrup instead of going to the trouble of making this)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water, plus 1 tsp cold water
10 fresh thyme sprigs
3/4 Tb cornstarch

In a small saucepan dissolve sugar in the water add the thyme springs and bring to a low simmer.

Simmer for 3 minutes.

In a small bowl add cornstarch and cold water, stir to dissolve.

Add cornstarch slurry to the sugar mixture and simmer until thickened to a syrup.

Remove from heat and discard thyme sprigs.

Ham Steak

Heat a grill pan and spray with pam.
Cook ham for 4 minutes on each side.

Remove from heat and let rest for a few minutes before serving.

I reheated the leftover pancakes for breakfast this morning and they were tasty! PS I bought a domain name for my blog so it now has an official website name sooo fun!

I made some Ricotta Pancakes again the other day, but this time with a new topping!
First I left out the thyme in the pancake batter and added 1 tsp of vanilla.
I made a Berry topping that was much better than the Thyme Syrup and easier!
Berry Sauce:
1 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries
1/4 Water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 Tb cornstarch

Add Berries (I didn't even thaw them first), water and sugar to small sauce pan and let it cook stirring occasionally.
Once it starts to look like a sauce make a slurry with 2 Tb of cold water and 1 Tb of cornstarch. Sitr the slurry into the sauce.

Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
This was really yum!

I had some pancakes left over that I ate for the next few mornings and one morning  spread Nutella on the pancake. It was also a very yummy topping!

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