Friday, March 22, 2013

meyer lemon ricotta pancakes with macerated strawberry coulis




It's Friday, but not just any Friday.  This lovely, sunny, freezing cold Friday in late March contains twelve hours of college basketball - and all weekend long too!  The remote control needs to stay close as I write my post, to surf four different games on four different channels, happening all at once.  Absolutely love March madness!!! With a son and daughter involved in multiple sports through school, and then both Virginia Tech graduates, I've been a sports fanatic forever.  I lived for their games, and when they were in college, made any excuse to visit and tailgate with them on weekends for Hokie football games.  Since my adorable niece and brother-in-law are both IU grads, the Hoosiers are my sentimental favorite, and team on my bracket sheet to go all the way!






All right, for those of you who couldn't care less about basketball, I'll move on to why you stopped by - for some absolutely, positively incredible pancakes, not to mention the coulis!  I'm not bragging - just saying.  These have become my favorite pancakes of all time.  When I made them again recently for my blog,  I ate the first one off the griddle, (as usual, to make sure they taste good - smiling) always feeling like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman - when she uses her hand to take the pancake off the elegant silver tray, and stuffs it in her mouth!  Love that scene! 






Perfect for Easter, a spring or summer brunch, and of course dinner, you are going to love these  meyer lemon ricotta pancakes, and their quintessential strawberry coulis!  Created especially for the divine strawberry sauce, to savor the pancakes myriad of flavors, please don't ever pour a heavy maple syrup over them.    That would be like a sin! ;)  Light and fluffy in texture, ideally sweetened, fruity and refreshing, I can't say enough about them.  Yes, they do take a bit longer than making regular old pancakes from a box, but so worth your time.  Just pour yourself a cup of hot coffee, (or a mimosa) put on an apron, and enjoy creating!  Give them a try, and let me know if you agree.

Until next time...mangia!  xox

Carol

Almost forgot to tell you:  I now have a handy-dandy pinterest button that appears at the top right of each photo, when you hover with your mouse.  You can "Pin it" directly from the photo to pinterest now, just by clicking the button.  I was so excited to figure out how to add this to my blog!  It's the little things... ;)






Meyer Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Macerated Strawberry Coulis
Serves 4

Ingredients:

for the macerated strawberry coulis:
1 quart strawberries, hulled and quartered (1+1/2 pounds or 4 cups quartered)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup orange juice

for the pancakes:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch for egg whites
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs, separated
1 heaping cup ricotta cheese
3/4 cup milk
2 meyer lemons, zested and juiced
butter, for cooking the pancakes
powdered sugar, for dusting

Create the Coulis:

Toss the quartered strawberries with the sugar and orange juice.  Cover and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.

After the berries and sugar have macerated and become very juicy, remove 1/2 of the berry mixture, put it in a food processor and puree until smooth.  Return it to the rest of the berries and set aside until ready to use.  (If you don't have a food processor, or mini processor, a potato masher will work fine.)

Create the Pancakes:

Sift together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  In another bowl, combine the egg yolks, ricotta, milk, lemon zest and lemon juice, and mix until it comes together.  Make a well in the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients to the well, and whisk until well combined and uniform throughout.

Preheat a griddle.

In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they form stiff peaks.  Fold the egg whites into the flour mixture in thirds.  Do this quickly and gently so the pancakes will be light and fluffy.

Melt small pats of butter onto the preheated griddle, and spread it around with a paper towel to remove any excess butter.  Ladle about 1/3 cup (or desired size) batter onto the prepared griddle.  When the top of the pancake is full of holes, (like bubbles have risen to the surface and burst,) the pancake is ready to flip.  Flip the pancake and cook until the bottom is golden brown.

Remove the pancakes from the griddle to serving plates.  Top with the macerated strawberry coulis and garnish with powdered sugar.

OMGoodness - delicious!!!

Carol's notes:

You can adjust the sugar in the pancake batter back to 1/2 cup, if you prefer them less sweet.  If the batter is too thick, add extra milk, a little at a time.

I cook them on a cast iron griddle, because I adore the old-fashioned look and results of the pancakes, but feel free to use your griddle of choice.

To prepare the strawberries - I feel like an advertisement here, but one of my favorite new gadgets I bought last year, is a strawberry huller.  I picked it up at the Williams-Sonoma outlet store for almost nothing, and don't know how I ever managed without it.  It removes the leaves and stems at the same time, and almost the entire strawberry remains.  It's this exact one found here, and is definitely worth the money.  It can be found at many other locations.  I've used it for hundreds of strawberries since buying it!

This lovely recipe was adapted from Anne Burrell.



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80 comments:

  1. Wow Carol, it´s simply stunning! That pancake tower with strawberries all over it is to die for. Sometimes, there is nothing better than homemade pancakes, no matter how long they take.

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    1. You're so right, Paula! They are so good, I don't mind taking my time and making them at all. I love watching family or friends eat them! They're faces tell it all! :} Have a great weekend!

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  2. I literally just gasped when I saw this photo pop up on my Facebook feed...stunner!! What time are you serving breakfast tomorrow? :)

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    1. Laura, you are so darn sweet! Thank you so much! I seriously am thinking of making them again, I'm craving them so bad. Since no one is around this weekend, I'll just cut the recipe in half and freeze the rest, or share them with you, if you stop by! ;}

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  3. Okay, I'm not really into basketball, but I'd happily inhale several of these pancakes while you're distracted by a game. No worries, I wouldn't go near a bottle of maple syrup. ;)

    Super-yummy photos! (Congrats on the Pin button - someday I may ask you how you figured it out.) :D

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    1. Valerie, you just made me laugh out loud! You seriously need to do stand up comedy! Let me know when you're ready, I'll give you my secret code for the pin button! ;}

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  4. Carol, these are such gorgeous photos! I'm daydreaming about eating a giant stack of these lovely pancakes with a mug of tea, sitting by a window with sunshine streaming it. Instead, I'm drooling over your pancakes while taking a mental break at work. I can't wait to try making pancakes with ricotta.

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    1. Happy Friday, Nancy! It's almost time to leave work, if you haven't already! Thank you for your kind words! I love how you are describing them. I'm so glad my photos portray it the way you described, because that is exactly my thoughts as I photographed them. Thanks so much, and enjoy your weekend!

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  5. Oh, I adore light fluffy pancakes and the ricotta does lighten them up! Love Meyer lemon, too. Have to make a batch of these, those strawberries I could eat by themselves. xo

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    1. Hello, Barbara! Thanks so much for stopping by! The pancakes are definitely light and fluffy, absolutely from the ricotta. Italians knew what they were doing! I can't wait for you to try them...and I agree, strawberries are my downfall (a good downfall however) I have to stop myself from eating them before they are even washed! ;} xox

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  6. I can almost taste them. I want to taste them. It won't be long before I do. I will be making them for a sisters weekend at my house in the very near future & I will post a picture. Love everything about this post. Now on to the basketball. You know I have to root for the University of Louisville. Some including the President are saying it will come down to those two teams...yours & mine! Enjoy your weekend hopefully with another batch of those perfect pancakes!

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    1. Fran, what an honor to me that you will make them for your sisters! Thank you! I am so confident you will love them...let me know! Somehow I knew you would be a Louisville fan! ;} It will make for one great final game, if it happens! Donna's daughter and her son-in-law, and also Donna's husband are all IU grads, so I wouldn't be liked too much if I didn't cheer them on! lol xox

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  7. Carol, these look sooo good. Maybe Lauren and I will try them out while we're in Indy visiting. The photos are exceptional as always. And...as a side note...
    GO HOOSIERS!

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    1. Donna, you guys will love them! Hope you do try them! Thanks so much for your kind words! Hoosiers crushed JMU today - no competition there! Have a great weekend! xox

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  8. wow, carol, these look incredible! you did such a good job styling and i think the strawberry/lemon combination sounds luscious!

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    1. Good morning, Marissa! How's Italy today? ;} Thanks so much! The combo is perfect together...they are really delicious!

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  9. Carol, I LOVE March Madness also and I'll be pinned to the TV all week-end! My son is a UM grad, so I'm a Miami Hurricane fan :) AND since I just bought a bag of Meyer's from WF I also know what I'll be cookin' :)

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    1. Hi gabbyh! Oh, love it...another March Madness lover! lol I like Miami too, they were great this year in bball...the Hokies and Hurricanes go way back together in the Big East and now ACC, so I've always followed them! :} I'm so happy you'll be trying these, let me know what you think afterwards. Enjoy your weekend full of basketball and thanks so much for stopping by!

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  10. Holy cow Carol! Seriously you inspire me every week! Every week I wonder how your ideas could get any more genius or your photos could get any more amazing and you still top what you did before! You are just incredible. These pancakes had me in love at first sight.

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    1. Jocelyn, you are the absolute sweetest! Thank you for putting a huge smile on my face with your kind words! xox

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  11. Your pancakes look absolutely stunning!
    mary x

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    1. Mary, thank you so much for your sweet comment, and for taking the time to stop by and write it!!!

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  12. I've just recently found out about the greatness of ricotta pancakes- makes it so creamy and light! And yours with meyer lemon sounds so delish. So perfect for a lazy weekend brunch.

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    1. It's amazing what ricotta does to pancakes - kind of hard to believe, you would think it would weigh them down, but just the total opposite! Thanks so much for your comment, Irene, and for stopping by!!!

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  13. Stunning! Meyer lemon pancakes all stacked up with strawberry coulis is a beautiful thing! The only thing wrong is that they're not in front of me right now! Gorgeous photos too! Have a great weekend, Carol!

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Meghan! I'll stack some in front of you, if you put some of your beautiful sweets in front of me! ;} You have a great weekend too, Meghan!

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  14. I've already prepared many kinds of pancakes! But they've never looked such tasty as yuors!

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  15. You may be my daughter, but I'm amazed every day at your talent both cooking and photographing. You are a chef not a cook.
    These look wonderful. Great when strawberry season arrives up north. Happy basketball watching.

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    1. Mom, you are too sweet! Thank you! You enjoy watching basketball too - I know you and Dad will have a front row seat!

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  16. I'm so happy I stopped by. Honestly I was drooling the second I saw this stack of pancakes. I love watching Anne Burrell, she's so animated. I missed this recipe though. My birthday falls on Easter and of course we won't be going out for dinner or brunch - can't deal with the crowds. I may just have to make myself this batch for a birthday treat.

    Beautiful photos, great recipe and I'll definitely be coming back. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Welcome to a cup of mascarpone, Vicki - I'm so honored to meet you! Thank you so much for your kind words. I love watching Anne Burrell too. You can tell how much she loves what she does, and her recipes are excellent! Happy Birthday next Sunday...I hope you are able to enjoy these on your birthday! See you soon!

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  17. Oh, boy, this is MY kind of breakfast! What a stunning stack of pancakes!

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    1. Thanks so much, Liz! Have a great weekend...can't wait to see what you make next!!!

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  18. Carol - just stunning photography (and recipe!) Pinning for sure!

    I made strawberry pancakes a week or so ago and you have me wanting to try yours!

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    1. Happy Saturday, Averie! Thank you so much for your kind compliment! I know what you mean, I'm seriously considering these for breakfast tomorrow morning! Thanks for pinning...so appreciated!!!

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  19. Oh My God, I am going insane looking at these gorgeous pancakes. The combo of meyer lemon and the strawberries must be unbelievable! My husband would die for these! I know what you mean about 24/7 March Madness . . . it's dizzying to watch it all and keep up! But so much fun in March! I'm pinning and bookmarking this recipe Carol!

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    1. Morning, Roz! So nice to see you! Thank you for your sweet comment! The meyer lemon and strawberries truly are an amazing combo...add in the ricotta...and oh my! I'm glad to see a few of my commenters are as crazy as me with March madness! Enjoy the games today, Roz!

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  20. Carol, I'm drooling for a bite of these pancakes...we eat pancakes a lot at my house and now I've got to try this recipe. Gorgeous photos :)

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    1. Good morning, Suzanne! How are you? Thanks so much for your kind words, and for stopping by! Trust me, if you enjoy pancakes, these are totally worth trying! Enjoy your Sunday!!!

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  21. Oh man I just want to dive head first into that huge stack of pancakes right now!

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    1. LOL...You can dive in if you'd like! Thanks for stopping by, Chung-Ah!!!

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  22. I love your thin little pancakes...they must taste wonderful. They certainly look great!

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    1. Karen, they were wonderful, thanks so much!! I love using a cast iron griddle...gives them a slight crispness on the outside, and fluffy and light on the inside! Enjoy the remainder of your Sunday!

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  23. This strawberry sauce looks heavenly. I love pancakes, and hate syrup. I usually eat them with jelly, but I must try this sauce ASAP!! Thanks for the recipe and the beautiful pictures!

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    1. Hi CateyLou! Thanks so much for your sweet comment, and for stopping by! I totally agree - I thought I liked maple syrup, but when your pancakes have a deliciousness to themselves - fruit is all you need! I think you will really enjoy this coulis! Have a great Monday!

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  24. They look perfect! What lovely pictures, the strawberry sauce looks sooooo good.

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    1. Happy Monday, Natalie! Thanks so much for your kind words! The strawberry sauce is perfect...also great for strawberry shortcake, ice cream, etc... :}

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  25. Oh. My.

    This looks like what springtime would taste like if you could eat the month of May!

    I love everything about this recipe...I don't think I'd be able to pull the kids away from their usual Sunday morning buttermilk pancakes, but I might have to make these for dessert one night.

    Strawberries are just coming into season here (and believe me, there is a small window of time and then they are GONE)and this looks like a very wonderful thing to do with them for the short time that they're with us.

    As always...wonderful! Thanks Carol :)

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    1. Good evening, Tracy! I hope you had a nice weekend! You may be surprised, the kids may like these...they have a wonderful flavor and sweetness that they just may go for! :} I can't wait to make them for my grandson. His favorite fruit is strawberries...I think he will love these - and sneaking that extra protein from the ricotta will be a bonus! So nice receiving your sweet comment! Wishing you and your family a beautiful week! xox

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  26. Wow, I could lick my computer screen, these shots are beautiful! The colours are so vivid, it feels like there right in front of me, and I could eat them up.

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    1. LOL! I know what you mean! Your comment is so sweet, Sophia - thank you!!!

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  27. Holy Mother of Pancakes!!! Just look at that stack... oh my ... come to Mama! :-D

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  28. your site is so beautiful. i absolute love the design. these pancakes look yummy.. i made blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes.. very similar. gorgeous photos!

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    1. Hi Honey! Thanks so very much! I'm so happy you found me!!! Blueberry lemon ricotta pancakes sound incredible! I will have to give them a try too, since there's nothing better than blueberries! I will have to stop by and visit you!

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  29. Oh my gosh! I need more meyer lemons in my life!! Can't seem to find it anywhere in Orlando!! Gah!!!

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    1. That's horrible, Kiran...there should be a law against not carrying meyer lemons in Florida - the citrus state! ;} Thanks so much for your sweet comment, and for stopping by!!

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  30. Now that is one serious stack of pancakes! After a huge day at work yesterday I could 110% go for about 2 servings of these :) Lemons are also a favorite in this house, so you've won me over on several fronts.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Yasmeen! Thanks so much for stopping by, and taking the time to write your sweet comment - so appreciated! I can't live without lemons, so I'm with you!!

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  31. These are stunning Carol! And boy do they sound exceptionally delicious! The ricotta, lemon and strawberry - flavors made in heaven!

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    1. Hi, Reeni! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! Enjoy the rest of your week!!

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  32. Hi Carol,

    Happy Easter to you!

    I'm imaging your Julia Robert's smile when you are eating these pancakes. I loves these pancakes and wish to be like Julia Robert too :D

    Zoe

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    1. Happy Wednesday evening, Zoe! Thanks for your sweet comment, and for making me smile again - even if I'm not eating a pancake!! :} Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  33. Hi Carol. We are new to you blog. Saw your comment on Zoes blog.. Just started following you. These pancakes look amazing!! Love the photos too!!

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    1. Good evening, Mr & Mrs. P! Welcome! I <3 my followers - thank you so very much! Thanks also for your kind words!

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  34. I have to admit I'm not much of a basketball fan and didn't see a single moment of basketball over the weekend, however... these pancakes?? I think I could muster up a decent cheer for these!! LOVE how high you made the stack.

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    1. LOL! You will definitely cheer, Kim, if you try these! :} Your sport is Liv's dancing!! Thanks for your sweet comment...I had fun stacking them up!! Thanks so much, also, for sharing them on FB! So appreciated! xox

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  35. Hi Carol!

    I hopped over from Mr. & Mrs. P's blog and glad I did! Officially following you now :) Those pancakes look delish - definitely adding it to my "try to cook this" list hahah. Excited to read more! Hope you can check out my blog too!! :D

    Chelsea M.

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    1. Good morning, Chelsea! So nice to meet you! Thanks so much for becoming a new follower...I sincerely heart my followers! I think bloggers are the only ones who realize how much followers mean to them! I'll be stopping over to see you too!! Have a great Thursday!

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  36. WOW!!! I need to grab more Meyer lemons to make these amazing pancakes! These are like dream pancakes. I love citrus in the pancakes and you put the strawberry sauce over... such a perfect weekend brunch. And I'm pretty sure that pancake tower is the highest I've seen! :D I love this post!

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    1. Hi Nami! Thank you so much for your sweet comment! They truly are so delicious! The only pancake missing from the stack is the one I ate, pretending to be Julia Roberts! LOL Happy Thursday to you and your family!

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  37. Heaven help me... the things I'd do to get near a pile of these pancakes!

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    1. You just made me laugh out loud, Ashley! Gosh, it's so wonderful to receive such nice comments...thanks so much!

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  38. So I take it mascarpone cannot substitute the ricotta? I'm being serious because I think I might have some leftover mascarpone from tiramisu later and while I could gobble this stuff up, I have no ricotta but love ricotta pancakes.

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    1. I've never tried mascarpone pancakes, but love the idea! If you give them a try, definitely let me know how they turn out! I can attest to how delicious the ricotta pancakes are! :} Thanks for stopping by, Teyan!

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Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by a cup of mascarpone, and taking the time to leave a comment! I read, smile, and cherish each and every one of them! xox

Carol