These were a huge hit at our house and I just happened to have everything I needed to make them.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 extra large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices, and orange zest. Set aside.
Separate the egg yolk from the egg white into two separate bowls. The yolk should be in a medium-large bowl. Whisk the yolk together with the maple syrup, buttermilk, melted butter, pumpkin, ricotta, and vanilla extract until completely combined.
Add the dry mixture in thirds to the wet, and gently whisk together until a batter forms.
Using a hand-held mixer, whip the egg whites to medium-firm stiffness. If you dip a beater into the frothy whites, and turn it upside down, the peak should droop just a little and hold. Fold the egg whites into the batter in halves using a spatula. There should be occasional pieces of egg white visible in the batter.
Heat a griddle over medium heat. Melt a little butter on the griddle and pour the batter to form 4″ pancakes. They will spread just a little, and this size is comfortable for flipping. Don’t flip the pancakes until the sides are visibly firming up, and multiple holes appear in the batter, about 3 – 4 minutes. Flip and cook for another minute or until cooked through.
Serve with butter and maple syrup.
What did the family think? Everyone loved these!