If these pancakes were any lighter, they would float off the plate--and I didn't even separate the eggs and whip the whites. Also, I used water instead of milk--and I liked them better that way. I like to serve these with a pat of butter, a pinch of lemon zest, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Chef John
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk water and baking soda together in a mixing bowl. Add ricotta cheese, lemon zest, vegetables oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Whisk until smooth, breaking up lumps of cheese as you mix. Add melted butter, lemon juice, and 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons self-rising flour. Whisk together, stirring until most of flour disappears into the batter.

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  • Let batter sit at room temperature about 15 minutes.

  • Heat lightly greased cast iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Portion out 1/4 cup scoops of batter onto skillet (cook in batches). When bubbles begin to form on the surface and the edges of the pancakes start to look dry (2 to 3 minutes), flip and cook other side until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a warm plate.

Chef's Notes:

This recipe makes 2 large or 4 small servings.

To make your own self-rising flour (2 cups worth): Sift together 2 cups all-purpose flour, with 2 teaspoons baking powder, and 1 teaspoon fine salt.

Editor's Note:

The magazine version of this recipe adds 1 cup edible flowers (such as tiny violas or the petals only of dianthus or pansies), plus more for garnish, to this recipe. Sprinkle a few flowers into batter when pan-frying. To serve, layer 3 pancakes with prepared lemon curd and drizzle with strawberry syrup and garnish with additional flowers.

Nutrition Facts

554 calories; 26 g total fat; 141 mg cholesterol; 1399 mg sodium. 62.8 g carbohydrates; 16.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (120)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2017
I made it exactly as Chef John advised but I did add extra vanilla flavoring. I knew CJ would not steer me wrong, so I went ahead and doubled the recipe. It was fantastic and so light and fluffy and I love anything lemon. I even added some fresh blueberries in some of the pancakes and it was a great combination. It yielded 18 large pancakes. Had four for breakfast and froze the rest individually. They will be amazing thawed and zapped in the toaster for week day breakfast. Loved them even without any syrup. Thank you Chef John. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/06/2020
I always try a recipe exactly as written the first time I make it and I followed these instructions to the letter. I also bought fresh everything. I was really looking forward to these pancakes because lemon ricotta pancakes are my favorite. This recipe was just ok. They're bland, kind of oily, and did not rise like they should have. Chef John's recipes are usually spot on, but this one fell way short :( Read More
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  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2017
I made it exactly as Chef John advised but I did add extra vanilla flavoring. I knew CJ would not steer me wrong, so I went ahead and doubled the recipe. It was fantastic and so light and fluffy and I love anything lemon. I even added some fresh blueberries in some of the pancakes and it was a great combination. It yielded 18 large pancakes. Had four for breakfast and froze the rest individually. They will be amazing thawed and zapped in the toaster for week day breakfast. Loved them even without any syrup. Thank you Chef John. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2017
I made it exactly as Chef John advised but I did add extra vanilla flavoring. I knew CJ would not steer me wrong, so I went ahead and doubled the recipe. It was fantastic and so light and fluffy and I love anything lemon. I even added some fresh blueberries in some of the pancakes and it was a great combination. It yielded 18 large pancakes. Had four for breakfast and froze the rest individually. They will be amazing thawed and zapped in the toaster for week day breakfast. Loved them even without any syrup. Thank you Chef John. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2018
I have made several of Chef John's recipes. Today I made these pancakes. They turned out absolutely delicious, light yet creamy, with a nice lemony flavor (although I admit I used Chef John's Lighter Lemon Curd on mine). I especially was grateful to see how to make self-rising flour so I didn't have to go out and buy some because most of it would expire. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2018
These were amazing! I am always looking for shortcuts so I subbed Bisquick for the self rising flour and oil, but otherwise didn't change a thing and they were great! The perfect amount of lemon flavor as is. I topped with home made lemon curd and they blew my family away. :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/02/2017
Just made these for my family since I had all the ingredients on hand. Like all of Chef John's recipes this one did not disappoint. I made it exactly as written choosing milk over water. After cooking one as a test I noticed the lemon flavor was a little less than I had hoped for. Easy fix... I squeezed a little more lemon juice into the remaining batter mixed it together and problem solved. The texture of these pancakes is light and fluffy. I'll certainly make them again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/24/2018
If you like lemon then you will like these pancakes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2017
Amazing! Love these so much and will definitely make again. I made with 2% milk but now after watching his video I want to try them with water & will help save a little on carbs. Love they are low in sugar & fewer carbs than other pancakes for my type 1 diabetic son. Thank you Chef John! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2018
My wife and I usually like thinner pancakes but these were absolutely delicious. I used homemade ricotta and the whey from making the cheese as the liquid instead of milk or water. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2019
These are delicious! I followed the recipe the first time I made them and wanted a stronger lemon flavor. I added more zest the second time, and they’re perfect! Super yummy with blueberry sauce! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2018
These were the best pancakes I ve ever made. I had some homemade ricotta cheese which probably helped but I wouldn t change a thing! YUMMY!!!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/06/2020
I always try a recipe exactly as written the first time I make it and I followed these instructions to the letter. I also bought fresh everything. I was really looking forward to these pancakes because lemon ricotta pancakes are my favorite. This recipe was just ok. They're bland, kind of oily, and did not rise like they should have. Chef John's recipes are usually spot on, but this one fell way short :( Read More