Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Little Puffs of Ricotta and Orange Zest
I had run out of my usual breakfast foods, and came across this cute recipe from Nigel Slater and saw that I had all the ingredients- hoorah!
The texture and look were like fluffy pillows made of clouds, each caressed with a golden sunset.
Each pancake was only a slight bit bigger than a soup spoon. So after seeing the soft pile of them that I made, it felt rather indulgent to eat so many (although there were still plenty left over on my plate).
RECIPE: (in AUS and UK measurements)
ricotta cheese 250g
caster sugar 4 Tbl
eggs 3, separated
zest of one large orange
plain flour 50g
melted butter 2Tbl
In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta, caster sugar and egg yolks. Grate the orange zest into the bowl and stir it in gently with the flour. Beat the egg whites till they are stiff, then fold through them through the ricotta mixture. Be gentle with this step, so as not to knock out the air.
Warm a non-stick frying pan over a moderate heat, add the butter, then, as it starts to sizzle lightly, place a heaped tablespoon of mixture into the pan. You will probably be able to fit in three at a time. Let them cook for a minute or two till they have risen somewhat and the underside has coloured to a golden shade, then, using a palette knife, flip them over to cook the other side. After the other side has coloured nicely, serve immediately with a little melted jam and icing sugar.