Wednesday 15 September 2010

Ricotta Hotcakes with Berry Compote and Maple Syrup

In the year and a bit that I have been writing Diary of a Ladybird, I don't think I've ever used the term 'food porn', simply because it makes me blush! Don't get me wrong, I think it's a great term to use but look - I'm just not that type of girl, ok!

if there was ever an occasion fitted to use it...
This is it.

This gratuitous close up you see here... that right there is my food porn.

There. I said it.
Let's move on, shall we?

For me, fluffy ricotta hotcakes with a beautiful compote and maple syrup is the ultimate brunch. So much so that if I order them in a cafe, I invariably decide whether or not I'll be returning based solely on the ricotta hotcakes. Surprisingly, a lot of places don't make them very well... there's nothing worse than dry, rubbery ricotta hotcakes. Yerghkk!

This is certainly not an everyday breakfast, but they are superb treat when you do have them. Better still, they are quick and easy to make, so you don't have to go out to a cafe for them. You can prepare these bad boys in the comfort of your own home and even (if you dare) in your pyjamas! And... all within 30 minutes :) Perfect for a slothful Saturday/Sunday at home.

Ricotta Hotcakes with Berry Compote and Maple Syrup
Ricotta Hotcakes recipe from Forever Summer, Nigella Lawson

First start with the compote. Place 2 cups of frozen mixed berries (I used Creative Gourmet) in a small saucepan. Sprinkle over 2 tablespoons over caster sugar and place on low heat. Stir occasionally, being careful not to break up the berries. Once the berries are defrosted and the sugar dissolved, remove from the heat and cover. Set aside.

Next, start on the hotcakes.


250g ricotta cheese*
125ml semi-skimmed milk
2 large eggs, separated
100g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil

* I purchase ricotta from the deli rather than the pre-packaged tubs. The stuff from the deli is much fresher, and a far better consistency for use in dishes like this.


1. Mix the ricotta, milk and egg yolks. Don't worry about any lumps, they will be a joy to come across in the finished product.

2. Stir in sifted flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. Beat egg whites until foamy and fold gently into the mix.

4. Heat oil in a pan and drop heaped tablespoons of batter into pan. Cook over low-medium heat for about 1 minute per side, until little bubbles start to form.

5. Serve along with the berry compote, a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of icing sugar. Enjoy!

So tell me, lovelies, what's your ultimate brunch dish?

Ladybird x


  1. Absolutely worthy of pulling out the food porn hyperbole! Then again, I think that about anything involving maple syrup ;)

    Best brunch dish? Cheesecake. And don't you dare tell me that's not an appropriate answer :D

  2. Oh boy I do love pancakes! I also love vegan french toast.
    Mikey has asked me to buy some ricotta tomorrow, I dont have a clue what it looks like hehe.


  3. ooh my ultimate brunch dish is a tie between ricotta hotcakes and french toast! i do <3 my maple syrup hehe

  4. If you are gonna use the term foodporn, this looks like the right time to do it! The hotcakes look scrumptious.

  5. Total food porn right here, for sure. The textures look perfect!

    I'm a total sucker for anything involving smoked salmon with brunch foods, though these look so good I think I'd have to have a second sweet course too.

  6. They look so fluffy. My fav brunch toss up between pancakes with maple syrup and bacon or scrambled eggs, toast, avocado and smoked salmon. I also love baked eggs with persian fetta and ham. Along with high tea brunch is my fav meal.

  7. My favourite brunch is definitely anything with sourdough toast - oven roast tomatoes, grilled mushrooms.... mmmm.

  8. good one- Ricotta pancakes are delicious! You are right though, in restaurants they can be rubbery which is a real shame. These look delightful though!

  9. those look scrumptous!!! I'm the biggest fan of pancakes & berry compote! mmm

  10. Hehe I always use the term food porn but not in front of my parents :P I love smoke salmon and scrambled eggs but also French toast and pancakes. Anything really except for dry toast.

  11. Yum, They look amazing! As for a favorite brunch I'd never say no to pancakes. Thanks for the tip about the berries, I know what I'll be having Sunday morning :)

  12. Wow this dish a great dish for a special occasion brunch. Just gorgeous. My favorite brunch dish is a toss up between challah french toast and A mexican breakfast, huevos rancheros/breakfast burrito because I am a sweet/savory schitzophrenic.

  13. Oh my, that looks so yummy! Am HUNGRY!


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