There is something about red velvet desserts, so make your breakfast extra especial with these ricotta red velvet pancakes made with natural food coloring. Beet powder gives these their pretty color without artificial additives. They are super easy and perfect to treat your mom on Mother’s Day. Make them for brunch or just to make a normal day feel a little more especial.
When we were in Vienna, I bought some beet powder at the market. The color was just gorgeous and I had to get it. I wasn’t sure what to make with it but I thought it is always good to have some natural coloring in my pantry. And then I remembered that while we were in New York, we went to a donut shop and tried a donut stuffed with ricotta and covered in a beet glaze. It was so delicious. The ricotta and beet combination clicked in my head and I thought of making these ricotta red velvet pancakes with natural beet coloring.
You can always use artificial coloring if you cannot find beet powder, or you could also try buying some beet juice (if you don’t have a juicer). Then reducing it in a pan over medium heat until most of the liquid is gone and you are left with a thick syrup. I’ve done this with carrot juice to naturally dye some cream cheese frosting and it worked out great. Just remember that you’ll need about 1 litter of juice, because it reduces quite a lot. You need it to be thick because you don’t want to add too much liquid into the batter.
The amount of frosting for this recipe is just for drizzling the pancakes. If you want more, you can always double the recipe. I personally prefer mine not overly sweet.
This recipe makes 2 servings.
For the pancakes:
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup of self-rising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons of beet powder
2 tablespoons Cacao powder
Pinch of salt
For the Greek yogurt frosting:
2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt
5 tablespoons of icing sugar, sifted
½ teaspoon of vanilla essence
Start by making the pancake batter. Separate the eggs into whites and yolks. Place the yolks in a large bowl. Add the ricotta, flour, baking powder, milk, vanilla extract, beet powder, cacao powder and salt. Whisk until everything is combined.
In another bowl, whisk the egg whites till they begin to foam. Then add the sugar and whisk until stiff peaks form. Carefully fold in the egg whites into the pancake batter.
To make the frosting, just whisk the Greek yogurt with the icing sugar and vanilla. If you like it sweeter, you can always add more sugar.
Brush a large non-stick pan with a bit of vegetable oil. You can also use cooking spray or butter if you want. Place it over medium-low heat. Once the pan is hot, pour some of the batter into it to make the pancakes. I prefer to make them small, but do it as you wish. Let it cook until the top part starts bubbling and the edges start to dry. Then flip it and cook until lightly brown. Repeat for the remaining batter.
Serve the pancakes with some of the yogurt frosting and fruit of your choice. Enjoy!
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