Valley Fig Growers

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with California Figs

You could always bake a big stack of buttermilk pancakes, but to lighten the bite, we love lemon ricotta pancakes. The secret to making this ricotta pancake recipe fluffy is first beating the egg whites into stiff peaks and then folding them in. They add loftiness to the pancakes.

8 pancakes or 4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons honey 
  • 1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Mission California Figs, stemmed and finely chopped
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Heat the lemon zest, lemon juice, and honey over medium heat for 1 minute  Stir together. Pour over the figs in a bowl and toss. Steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yolks, sugar, and ricotta. Stir in the milk and lemon honey-infused figs.
  4. Beat the egg whites until you achieve stiff peaks.
  5. Stir together the figgy yolk mixture into the flour until just combined. Fold in the egg whites until combined.
  6. Set a small non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once a drip of water sizzles in the skillet, it’s ready. Turn the heat down to medium low. Brush a little butter onto the surface of the skillet (and as needed as you’re cooking the pancakes). Portion out 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet and smooth into a circle. Cook for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side. You’ll know it’s ready to flip when a spatula can easily lift a corner of the pancake, bubbles have pricked the surface of the pancake, and the side of the pancake is no longer glossy. Repeat and cook the remaining batter. Dust the pancakes with powdered sugar and serve. 

Recipe and photo by Annelies Zijderveld

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Nutrition Information

amount per serving

  • Calories 470
  • % Calories from Fat 23%
  • Fat 12
  • Cholesterol 125
  • Protein 16
  • Carbohydrates 75
  • Fiber 6
  • Iron 4
  • Sodium 470
  • Calcium 351
  • Potassium 466