The following recipe and photography is courtesy of Lauren Schulte. To see more of her bites and meals, visit her Instagram @TheBiteSizePantry.
Mornings should always start with mimosas…or pancakes… or both! This bright and beautiful stack of hotcakes will brighten your morning and sweeten your day. Fluffy, buttery, sweet and a whole lot of fun, mimosa pancakes are perfect for anyone.
Start by easily segmenting the citrus. Slice each piece of fruit down the center and then into quarters. Run a sharp knife between the outside membrane of the fruit and rind to remove the rind. If there is any fruit clinging to the rind, squeeze that remaining juice into a measuring cup and save it for the simple citrus pancake syrup.
Next, segment the fruit from the membrane by running your thumb or knife down each section and gently pulling the membrane away from the fruit. Make sure to separate the sections over a measuring cup to save any excess juice. Once complete, be sure to save the segments for a pancake topping as well as the leftover rinds for a special trick that I’ll share later.
To create a simple citrus syrup, add one cup of the reserved citrus juices into a medium-size saucepan along with 2-3 rinds and ½ cup of white sugar. Bring this mixture to a low boil and allow it to simmer and thicken for 8-10 minutes, making sure to stir occasionally. Once the citrus syrup has thickened, pour it into a serving jar and set aside.
SPECIAL TRICK! Take the remaining rinds and add them to the saucepan along with 3 cups of water and bring to a low boil. Let this simmer on low while the citrus smell fills the entire kitchen. Don’t be afraid to add a couple cinnamon sticks too, if desired.
The pancakes take no time at all. They can even be made ahead and kept in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for 2 weeks. If making them ahead, simply warm in the microwave right before serving. Just a couple seconds on high, wrapped in a damp paper towel, and they’re ready!
Top each stack with a handful of segmented citrus fruit and a Tbsp. or two of the simple citrus syrup. If these are for a weekend brunch, enjoy a blood orange mimosa with the pancakes to make the day extra sweet.
For the Simple Syrup
- 2 minneola oranges
- 4 blood oranges
- 1 pomelo
- 3-4 clementines
- 1 cup fresh fruit juice
- ½ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup water
For the Ricotta Pancakes
- 1 cup all purpose flour (can also use coconut or almond flour)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 Tbsp. white sugar
- 1 cup ricotta cheese or 2% cottage cheese
- ¾ cup skim or almond milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 Tbsp. citrus zest
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
For the Blood Orange Mimosas (serves 2)
- ½ cup prosecco or champagne
- ¾ cup blood orange juice
- ¼ cup tart cherry juice
- 1 Tbsp. citrus simple syrup
- Club soda
- Blood orange slice (for garnish)
- Zest the fresh citrus fruit. This should yield 2 Tbsp. of citrus zest. Set this aside.
- Segment the citrus fruit, reserving two whole blood oranges for the mimosas. Make sure to segment over a measuring cup or bowl to collect the fruit juices, which will be needed for the simple syrup. Set the citrus segments aside.
- Add the fruit juice to a medium-size saucepan along with ½ cup of white sugar and ¼ cup of water. Bring this mixture to a low boil and allow to simmer thicken for 8-10 minutes. Add a couple rinds from the fruit for more flavor, but be sure to remove at the end.
- Pour the syrup into a serving dish and set aside. Reserve 1 Tbsp. for the mimosas.
- Slice any leftover citrus into ½ inch slices and place on a baking sheet sprinkled with 2 Tbsp. of white sugar. Broil them on high for 5-7 minutes. Use them as garnish or eat them, rind and all.
- Add all of the dry pancake ingredients into a large mixing bowl and whisk together.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the ricotta cheese, milk, eggs, citrus zest and vanilla. Fold the wet mixture into the dry until all is incorporated.
- Heat a medium-size skillet or griddle on the stovetop and spray with cooking spray. Add 1/3 cup of pancake mixture on the hot surface and cook for 4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for another 2 minutes.
- Once all of the pancakes are cooked, start stacking! Top each stack with a handful of the segmented fruit and a Tbsp. or two of the simple citrus syrup.
- For the mimosas, add all of the ingredients, except for the club soda, to a serving pitcher and gently stir to combine. Top with a splash club soda and garnish with a slice of blood orange.