Because I decided this week that I was going to stop baking for a little while in order to try to get my sugar addiction in check.

I decided to make pancakes instead.




The real problem was that the week after Shannon mailed me some Meyer lemons (because she is SO sweet and also because she was tired of reading my comments that absolutely littered the internet, saying that I felt deprived for not being able to find them anywhere.  Man I am way too whiny.  Next time, someone should tell me to shut up.  That’s what friends are for.) I found them at Trader Joe’s.

So then I impulse bought a bag.  It was the right thing to do.  You know, after all the whining and moaning that I had done.


So then I had this bag sitting on my counter and if you know me, you know how much I hate not having a plan for food. And here I was.  With a bag of Meyer lemons.  And no plan.

I was a mental disaster.

While I was supposed to be in bed, under five layers of blankets, watching lectures.  I was really pondering the state of my Meyer lemons.

Savory?  Sweet?  Breakfast?  Lunch?  Dinner?  Mid-day snack?  Second mid-day snack?

The possibilities were endless.  Not good for the indecisive among us. Not. Good.


And then to complicate matters even more.  I put the kibosh on baking.

Which actually sounds like it should make things easier since it would rid me of over half of the Meyer lemon possibilities out there.

True.  Until you realize that maybe what I was really craving was a Meyer lemon poppy seed pound cake.



But then I made Meyer lemon curd instead.  Meyer lemon curd, mind you, that has only 2 tbsp of butter in it.

Seriously?  Seriously.

And I pinky swear promise that it tastes just as good as, if not better than it’s stick-of-butter-full counterpart.  Especially when you dunk Meyer lemon ricotta pancakes in it.

Trust me.  I know these things.

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**If you can’t find Meyer lemons, feel free to substitute in regular lemons!

Meyer Lemon Curd
Makes about 2 cups, adapted from Desserts For Breakfast

1 cup sugar
4 tbsp corn starch
2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed meyer lemon juice
3 egg yolks
2 tbsp butter, softened
1 1/3 cups boiling water

1. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, flour and salt. Gradually blend in the cold water and lemon juice.

2. Add the egg yolks and butter, blending until smooth.

3. Gradually add in the boiling water, stirring constantly.

4. Place the saucepan over medium high heat and bring to a full boil, stirring gently with a spatula and scraping the bottom (to prevent burning). Once the mixture begins to thicken, reduce the heat and simmer for one minute.

5. Remove the curd from heat. Cool completely.

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Makes 15-18 silver dollars, adapted from Desserts For Breakfast 

4 egg whites
4 egg yolks
12 oz ricotta 
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp freshly grated lemon zest
6 oz AP flour

1. In a mixer, on medium high speed, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks form.

2. Whisk together the egg yolks, ricotta, sugar, and lemon zest in a separate bowl.  Mix in the flour and stir to combine.

3. Once egg whites reach stiff peaks, whisk about a fourth of the egg whites into the yolk/ricotta mixture.  Fold in the remaining egg whites.

4. Heat a skillet over medium heat, spray with cooking spray, and cook pancakes.  Serve topped with lemon curd and blueberries.

I am submitting this to Weekend Herb Blogging, which is being hosted this week by Chris of Mele Cotte.


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103 Responses to Meyer Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Meyer Lemon Curd

  1. Marisa says:

    Erm – that curd? WANT! What time should I be at yours for breakfast then? 😉

  2. Simply Life says:

    you are way to funny and eating these looks way better than listening to a lecture 🙂

  3. Can I come over for breakfast? This could turn me into a lemon lover.

  4. They sound so beyond tasty. I love pancakes with ricotta. They turn out so fluffy and light. And even better with lemons!!!

    Although at some point, you should also share that lemon curd recipe. I’ve got a teeny obsession for lemon curd. Teeny as in could sit and eat gallons with a spoon. 🙂

  5. I’s sold Joanne!!! Meyer lemons are haqrd to find in this neck of the woods too, but I actually saw another thing I seek…key limes…in the grocers just yesterday.

  6. I still need to find the meyer lemons, I’ll stop at TJ’s. Pancakes rock in my house, I’ve been making a different kind each week! These look awesome and fluffy!

  7. janet says:

    Lemon ricotta baked good are so tasty.. Gourmet has a good ricotta pancake as well that looks fairly similar.

    I am with you on impulse grocery purchases… I need a plan! I am sure lots of lemons went into that 1/2 cup of lemon juice! Yum!

  8. Ada says:

    I love how short the ingredient list is on the pancakes. I always find myself more likely to cook if it involves less items;)

    Who knew that TJ’s would have Meyer lemons? I would have thought Whole Foods would have been a more likely place.

    Have a good day- I hope that the lectures you have to watch are at least semi-interesting;)

  9. I’ve never had a meyer lemon – I wonder if they have that at my Trader Joe’s?

    Great recipe Joanne! Have fun studying 🙂

  10. Dawn says:

    Nothin like a cuppa sugar to cure that sugar addiction! LOL! These look like just the thing to splurge on. Mmmm….

  11. Nelly says:

    I don’t usually crave grainy stuff anymore…but damn, woman. You are trying to sabotage me! (In the most delicious way, of course).

    Think I’ll try to make that curd, though…and maybe attempt the pancakes with my trusty almond and coconut flours!

  12. Magnificent! I love the use of meyer lemons in this “breakfast”… they actually look really light, but I know they are really decadent and that makes me a very happy man.

  13. I love your blog; just came across it and it’s fabulous…I’m a Manhattan foodie, as well and would love to meet up! Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine.

  14. The pancake sounds really delicous – milk has been replaced with eggs and ricotta. I keep reading about meyer – never tasted them. Wiki has interesting background info on these.

  15. Mo Diva says:

    i drooled a little. Look at the lemon and thinking of biting into a juicy lemon made me salivate. lol.
    I can not even imagine the explosion of flavor from just a bite of this amazingness!
    You rule!

  16. These look so fluffy and delicious! Looks like you came up with the perfect recipe despite eliminating the baking possibilities!

  17. Hannah says:

    Excellent solution- Pancakes are definitely not baking! 😉 Still plenty tasty though… Now I’m thinking that lemon poppy seed pancakes would be nearly as awesome as cake, but totally appropriate for breakfast. Right? Right.

  18. These pancakes look so thick and hearty. I’m i love!! 🙂


  19. I have been looking for them at my Trader Joe’s but haven’t seeen them yet?! I think you made a good choice w/these pancakes – STUNNING!!! 🙂

  20. Danielle says:

    These look great and sound delish!

  21. Peggy says:

    Uhhh yeah. These sound fantastic. I’m only down to one Meyer Lemon now, so I think I may have to swing by the store to replenish.

  22. Lyndsey says:

    Now that is what I call a pancake! My lemon tree is full of lemons right now that I have to use before they all fall off. It’s not a Meyer’s lemon tree, but just as good IMO. I am thankfull for some good recipes to use them in, and I’m not a good baker…so this is perfect!

  23. Amy says:

    Ya, my friend Rachel has since replaced my huge pile of meyer lemons…with 3 more. So, needless to say, I have an endless supply of lemon curd. It’s been used on pancakes, muffins, in lemon bars – I can’t go through it fast enough. But oh my, how I love it so. It freezes well!

  24. Tracy says:

    These sound AMAZING. I wish I had these for breakfast/lunch right now. I need to get some more Meyer lemons!

  25. polwig says:

    This is amazing… I love Meyer Lemons only if I could just reach and grab one of these delicious pancakes.. I guess I know what is from breakfast tomorrow..

  26. Those pancakes and that curd look so good that I’m almost crying. My favorite part? The pancakes are so thick. PLEASE LET ME HAVE A BITE!! My mental and emotional and physical health is at stake here, Joanne.

  27. Katie says:

    I love yogurt pancakes, so ricotta pancakes are probably pretty similar! And the lemon addition is so springy. Yum!

  28. chrysta says:

    mmmMMM this totally made my Friday. I really enjoy meyer lemons and I only ever just add them in my water. But now I have to try them out with this amazing looking pancakes. Reminds me of a really awesome spring brunch. Love it darlin!

  29. With lemon and ricotta that have to be amazing! I’ve made Tyler’s lemon ricotta crepes that were fantastic – now I need to try pancakes!

  30. Victoria says:

    These appear to be the perfect non-baked use for meyer lemons! I think you’ve done it 🙂 And I’m impressed the curd uses so little butter! Definitely low on the guilt.

  31. I love Lemon ricotta pancakes. I’ve never made them with Meyer lemons. Can’t seem to find them in Phoenix…maybe Shannon will send me some 🙂

  32. I love Meyer Lemon curd, I make mine in the microwave! Definitely making these pancakes, they look fantastic, especially with the blueberries.

  33. That Girl says:

    In general, lemon is not my favorite food flavoring. But I do really like it combined with blueberries!

  34. Swathi says:

    These pancakes are awesome, lemon and ricotta looks wonderful combo.

  35. Oh I love how tall those little cakes are!

    You know, don’t quote me on this, but I think, think, that your blog was where I first learned about Meyer lemons. I am not a big lemon fan, so I usually buy the Meyers now.

  36. Catherine says:

    It is so difficult to skip dessert…I just long for the comfort of it…I also long to loose a couple of pounds..I am sure that these pancakes helped ease the longing for sweets..They do sound delish! Blessings, Catherine

  37. These are just gorgeous. I love the fact that the lemon curd has so little fat in it. That’s a bonus!

  38. Eden says:

    I hate to say this but I think meyer lemons are a little overrated. If you look at foodgawker or tastespotting, every second recipe needs to include “meyer lemon” something. But this is totally not against you, I always drool are your creations. I personally think persian limes are phenomenal.

  39. Really , and now i hope somebody see’s my comments littered all over blogosphere that i cant find or see them anywhere either:-)
    Oh Pinky promise please , i lovee the 2tbh butter part in there , after all the butter i am eating away:-)and this one makes things better without butter:-)
    Only u could do this so deliciously!
    And the pancakes , oh i must run away from u site before i do all sorts of things in the kitchen in the middle of the night here!

  40. I already have my Saturday breakfast planned out, so this is going to be Sunday.

  41. Jonny says:

    that’s a fat stack of pancakes! super fluffy from the ricotta, I’m sure. I’m still in the camp of “what’s the big deal about meyer lemons?” so I should get my ass down to trader joes too, I guess, and get on board.

  42. Mary says:

    What a lovely way to start or end the day. I love the balance in your recipes today. This sounds delicious. Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

  43. They look decadent.I cant even count how many of those mini pancakes I can eat.What a beautiful way to start the morning.

  44. Pam says:

    You can’t imagine how much I want this. Right. Now.


  45. vanillasugar says:

    oh yeah. hello. love lemon in pancakes. so good.

  46. teresa says:

    you actually inspired me to buy meyer lemons from your last post and i LOVE them! now i know what i’m doing with them next time i get them!

  47. Pam says:

    Desserts for breakfast. Perfect.

  48. Claudie says:

    I think I’m running out of things to say about your posts 🙂 everything looks so amazing, I just keep repeating myself every single time 😀 dying to have one of those pancakes though 🙂

  49. laurenhilary says:

    i’m. drooling.

    bookmarked these for sunday morning breakfast!

  50. This is hilarious because I too decided to hold off on baking for a bit (until my birthday), so I’m making pancakes this weekend instead! Lovely use of your lemons, and I love meyer lemon curd.

  51. Johanna GGG says:

    There are many ways to get meyer lemons and I am glad you found one! I’ll pass on the curd but will happily eat a stack of those pancakes – they look so fluffy and bouncy that I feel they should be on my breakfast plate

  52. Katerina says:

    I told you that you should consider changing careers lol. I don’t believe I can find Meyer lemons here, but I can always use regular. These pancakes sure make your day!

  53. Perfect–and I love that low-butter curd–I am going to have to try it with my passion fruit.

  54. daphne says:

    oh how awesome this looks! a perfect weekend breakfast/brunch!

  55. I absolutely have to make this especially the lemon curd just to prove that it can be really good without a stick of butter. Really? = )


  56. OohLookBel says:

    The lemon curd sounds perfect, especially with the measly amount of butter. Going to try it asap. Also, if whining about lack of lemons makes them magically appear, then what will whining about not having a Ferrari do? Please let us know!

  57. tinytearoom says:

    I love the height of your pancakes. Mine use be flat and meh. Perhaps now that I’ve mentioned it, my next attempt at pancakes will be as high as the sky *fingers crossed*

  58. Barbara says:

    Bought some Meyer lemons just yesterday to try in a new recipe. And I am going to make a lemon curd with them too! (Great minds think alike, lemon-wise!)
    But not pancakes….at least until I read this. Now I hope I have plenty of lemon curd left over to make these!

  59. Sabine says:

    This post made me crave pancakes! I have a ripe banana on hand so I’m making banana pancakes. Thanks for the delicious inspiration 🙂

  60. Cara says:

    Maybe I should start whining more about the things I cannot seem to find… it clearly works for you!

  61. Oh Joanne. These look bomb. I am going to make them and adore them this week.
    I emailed a bunch of endocrinologists in the area yesterday to try and get an internship on my own! It looks like one may have some promise! Thought you would be proud 🙂

  62. Kristen says:

    I wouldn’t mind a plate of those pancakes right now!

  63. Lemon curd is on my to-do list. This looks fab!

  64. girlichef says:

    Oh, I forgot to tell you to save me a few…cuz I’m comin’ over for breakfast! Seriously yum. They sound and look awesome!

  65. Shannon says:

    yeah, i bought some the next time i saw them at the store too 🙂 it’s an addiction! glad you were able to get your hands on some more!!

  66. Shannon says:

    ps- the meyer lemon curd i posted this year doesn’t have any butter, and is addictively delicious 🙂

  67. This is the best dessert (sorry breakfast) I have seen! I love lemon curd and your recipe looks surprisingly lighter than most curds I have seen!

  68. Maria says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous Joanne! I wish nothing more than a big stack of these on this rainy Sunday morning 😉

  69. gorgeous lemon pancakes, Joanne! I’ve seen your comments on so many of the blogs that I follow that I had to look your blog up! Lovely….just lovely! Now following you ‘blogluvin’, I couldn’t find a google friend connect link to follow, so I’m hoping to be able to get all of your posts frequently. Hope you can stop on over someday. Roz

  70. Martha (MM) says:

    Now that’s different and sounds really great! Yummy! Hope you are having a great weekend 🙂

  71. Reeni says:

    I am utterly jealous of your meyer lemons! This is a delectable treat – just as scrumptious as baked goods! The lemon curd is divine.

  72. tigerfish says:

    I love these petite pancakes. I am usually not a fan of pancakes as the size overwhelms me.

  73. Excellent! I am going to make some pancakes later today, maybe for lunch. ;-))

  74. Beth says:

    These look wonderful! I love lemon in anything!

  75. Little Inbox says:

    At this moment, I still lack of a small non-stick pan to make pan cake. Haha…

  76. This looks fabulous! And dunking the pancakes in the lemon curd? Heaven!
    And I totally know what you mean about trying to decrease your sugar intake–I think it’s exactly why I haven’t been baking so much either 🙂

  77. Karen says:

    I don’t even really care for pancakes, but take one of these with the ricotta in it and swipe it in the lemon curd… YUM!

  78. Nadji says:

    Mon dieu que ça a l’air bon!!!!
    J’aime beaucoup.
    A très bientôt.

  79. Um my hero…that’s what you are Joanne! So first let me say that I’m clearly not whining ENOUGH cause I’ve been littering blogs with those same Meyer-deprived comments and no bag on my doorstep *cry*. Haha but all joking aside, these are the best pancake idea I’ve come across in ages. Bravo!

  80. wow heavenly adore meyer lemons first class breakie

  81. Claudia says:

    I have been using blueberries a lot too, on pancakes, etc. since we just heard a talk on how good they are for you. And, I love ricotta pancakes.

    One of these days I’m going to do a post on taste testing Meyer vrs. regular lemons. Since we have two trees full of the other varieties, it is almost impossible to force myself to buy any lemons at all, Meyer included.

  82. These recipes are awesome!! I love Myer Lemons. We first discovered them when we moved to California. So delicious!!

  83. These look heavenly! I can’ wait to try the lighter version of Lemon Curd. Beautiful photos as usual.

  84. Julie says:

    haha listen if you’re ever looking for something to do on the weekends that entails avoiding school work well then please feel free to come make me pancakes with lemon curd or without haha i’ll take whatever!

  85. You come up with the most creative ideas 🙂 The lemon curd is right up my alley– esp Meyer lemon curd 🙂 Truly nectar of the gods!

  86. Julie says:

    These look heavenly. I had the best lemon pancakes at a hotel in Sonoma, California. I tried to duplicate them and they were a DISASTER. Can’t wait to try these.

  87. yepiatethat says:

    Dude!! I saw your tweet about lemon curd and have been waiting to see what you did with it. Now I must go back to the grocery store and get ricotta cheese. And more lemons, clearly 1 batch is not going to be enough of this.

  88. Candace says:

    Great! Now I’m going to have to try to find another bag of Meyer Lemons just to give this a try. 🙂

    This looks soooooo good, Joanne.

  89. Beth says:

    I’m super Sunday supper full from a steak and potatoes dinner and I still want to cram these into my face. Bigtime. YUM!

  90. Didn’t I recall that you were whining that your oven was broken, not so long ago? So now, it’s fixed and you put the kabosh on baking? Interesting. I make lemon curd all the time, and I use a truckload of butter. I’m intrigued by your recipe. So intrigued, I need to have a lemon curd throwdown. So glad you found Meyer lemons at TJ’s. I waited five long years for our Meyer lemon tree to produce a crop. Five years! I’m baking girl. I’m not letting those lemons go to waste! Nice pancakes!

  91. So yeah, I’m drooling right now.

    I wish I could have these for brekies tomorrow =(

  92. Gloria says:

    Love lemon and ricotta and these look delicious! gloria

  93. I love lemon in pancakes, but I’ve never try with ricotta.
    These look so yummy and tasty, I will love to have some right now

  94. Wow – I have never seen Meyer lemons up here either – how sweet of her to send them!
    Great looking pancakes – and curd too – wow!

  95. grace says:

    i love pancakes. i don’t love lemon. i do, however, tolerate the flavor when it’s combined in some way with blueberries. copious maple syrup can also be involved to ease ingestion. 🙂

  96. Stephanie says:

    Let the whining begin: I have NEVER had meyer lemons. I can’t find them anywhere around here and everyone is bragging about how good they are. Hmmmfff.

    Your pancakes and curd look delish, BTW.

  97. Dimah says:

    Excellent flavor combination, sounds great!

  98. Nicole, RD says:

    HAVE to make. Mucho gracias.

  99. Deborah says:

    I just posted about ricotta and my need for more ricotta recipes. This one has official made the “to make” list!!

  100. Those look absolutely deadly – thick and light and lush and lovely and yummy and tart and sweet and just so full of flavour. Gorgeous shots… I am literally drooling and I rarely do this while reading blogposts.

  101. Now you’re talking my language – these are scrumptious and there is something about mixing lemons and blueberries that just sings to me!

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