These fluffy pancakes are made with ricotta cheese, drizzled with a salted caramel brown butter sauce and topped with mascarpone cheese. These delicious stacks are the perfect addition to your winter brunch.
large, high-sided skillet
whisk or fork
heat-safe jar or pitcher
Salted Caramel Brown Butter Sauce (Make Ahead)
1/2 cup (125 mL) local butter
1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (125 mL) 35% whipping cream
Pinch sea salt
1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour
4 tsp (20 mL) granulated sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) each ground nutmeg and cinnamon
1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1 cup (250 mL) ricotta cheese
1 cup (250 mL) eggnog
2 large eggs, separated
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla bean paste or extract
2 tbsp (30 mL) local butter, divided
1 cup (250 mL) mascarpone cheese
Salted Caramel Brown Butter Sauce: In a small skillet, melt butter over medium heat until foamy and starting to turn amber in colour; remove from heat.
In a large, high-sided skillet, sprinkle sugar in an even layer. Over medium-low heat, melt sugar until caramel in colour, whisking as necessary to melt evenly. Slowly whisk in brown butter for 1 minute until smooth and remove from heat. Slowly drizzle in cream, whisking continuously until all the cream is added and bubbles subside. Add salt and whisk to combine. Carefully pour sauce into a heat-safe jar or pitcher and set aside.
Eggnog Pancakes: In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk together ricotta, eggnog, egg yolks and vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix with a handheld mixer to combine. Clean beaters and beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into batter.
In a large, non-stick skillet or griddle, heat about 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the butter over medium heat. Ladle about 1/3 cup (75 mL) of the batter into skillet and cook for 3 minutes or until bubbles appear on top. Flip and cook for 2 minutes or until golden. Repeat with remaining batter, using butter as necessary.
Stack pancakes and drizzle salted caramel brown butter sauce over top. Top with a liberal scoop of mascarpone and serve.
For a rich brown butter flavour, whisk only the melted butter—not the milk solids—into the sauce.