Cranberry-Ricotta Pancakes with Salted Maple Butter

Ricotta cheese in the pancake batter delivers both fluff and richness to these pancakes flecked with fresh cranberries and slathered in a salted maple butter. It's a fun pancake flavor twist for fall and winter months.

Cranberry-Ricotta Pancakes with Salted Maple Butter
Photo: Carson Downing
Total Time:
40 mins
20 pancakes


  • 4 oranges

  • 4 eggs, separated

  • 1 ½ cup whole milk ricotta cheese

  • cup whole milk

  • 1 ⅓ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed

  • Salted Maple Butter (see recipe)

  • Maple Syrup (optional)


  1. Remove 2 Tbsp. zest and squeeze 1/4 cup juice from oranges. In a large bowl whisk together zest and juice, egg yolks, ricotta, and milk until smooth.

  2. In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and 1 tsp. kosher salt.

  3. For batter: Add flour mixture to ricotta mixture and stir until just barely combined. (A few lumps are fine.)

  4. Place egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Whisk on high until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Fold half of the whites into the batter. Add remaining whites; gently fold them in until mostly blended but some streaks of egg whites remain.

  5. Heat a greased griddle or skillet over medium. Add batter in 1/4-cup scoops. Top each pancake with 1/2 to 1 Tbsp. chopped cranberries. Cook 2 to 3 minutes per side or until golden. (Keep warm in an oven on low while you cook the remaining pancakes.) Serve pancakes with Salted Maple Butter and, if you like, maple syrup. Serves 6.

Salted Maple Butter

In a medium bowl combine 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter, 3 Tbsp. maple syrup, and 3/4 tsp. kosher salt.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

540 Calories
31g Fat
55g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 540
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 198mg 66%
Sodium 620mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 10.5mg 53%
Calcium 291mg 22%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Potassium 312mg 7%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 74.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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