Ricotta pancakes with redbelly citrus compote
Lyndey Milan delivers this unique citrus twist on a scrumptious breakfast classic!
8 redbelly citrus (also known as blood oranges)
1 tablespoon honey
2 star anise
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 eggs, separated
150g (¾ cup) low-fat ricotta
75ml low fat milk
75g (½ cup) self-raising flour
Pinch of salt
Greek yoghurt to serve (optional)
For the redbelly compote:
1. Finely zest two redbelly and reserve zest for the pancakes. Juice 2 redbelly to give approximately 100ml juice, strain and set aside.
2. Cut a small slice off the ends of each remaining redbelly. Stand up on one end, and carefully, following the contour of the redbelly, cut down to remove the peel and the pith. Slice crosswise into about 6-8 pieces each. Using the tip of the knife, carefully pick out any seeds. Place in a shallow dish.
3. Combine honey, 2 tablespoons of water and star anise in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow this to bubble up, then stir in redbelly juice. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour over the redbelly slices and allow it to infuse.
For the ricotta pancakes:
4. Whisk the egg whites in a small bowl with an electric beater. Place reserved zest, ricotta, milk, egg yolks, flour and salt in food processor and whizz until combined or beat with an electric beater. Fold in the egg whites. (Mixture can be covered and stored in the fridge for later use.)
5. Melt butter in a small 15cm non-stick frying pan, over medium heat until it melts. Wipe out with a paper towel. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of batter mixture into the pan, tilt to cover pan. Cook for around 3 minutes or until bubbles rise to the surface. Flip over the other side and cook for a further 2 minutes, or until just cooked. Place on a plate and keep warm, either in a very low oven (with the fan turned off) or by covering with a clean cloth. Repeat with remaining mixture.
6. Either ladle compote on top of pancakes and serve to the centre of the table – with extra compote and Greek yoghurt on the side – or divide pancakes between serving plates, ladle compote on top of the pancakes. Serve immediately with Greek yoghurt if desired.
The compote is also delightful for breakfast, simply served on yoghurt with quartered fresh dates and sprinkled with chopped toasted pistachios.