Shredded Pear Pancakes with Cinnamon Ricotta

Good morning! Saturday is here! It’s breakfast time! The most important meal of the day! Gather your housemates! Find a small dog! Walk down the street together and laugh merrily! Take a seat at the newest and trendiest of cafés! Quinoa muesli! Poached eggs! Stuff served with some sort of compote! Coffee made with Bonsoy! YEAH!

This used to be my life before beginning the very rewarding, yet arduous task, of enrolling into uni in my early 20s. After around a year and a half of full-time study I lost my part-time office job to restructuring, or whatever, and was left very, very unemployed. I did a few odd jobs around town, I worked at a restaurant for a little while but eventually I could barely keep my head above the financial waters that surround the inner-west lifestyle (and by ‘lifestyle’ I mean ‘rent’). The whole living-on-mi-goreng gag is funny when you actually can afford a little more but is hideously heart-wrenching as a blaring truth. Noodles, and the occasional avocado, made up a lot of my dinners when I was sensible enough to no longer throw down my debt ridden credit card and unfortunately living in such a sweet area was no longer sustainable. I said goodbye to my enormous rent which was good but saying goodbye to local friends, good eats and good coffee was not.

So, when I’m away from Sydney’s inner-west I like to pretend I’m still enjoying the good life by making a café brunch of my own. It’s so easy! And here’s one of them.

Some of my earliest memories are of my mum making pancakes and some of my earliest memories are of my dad are pouring honey onto anything he could find, including ricotta-slathered pieces of toast. I like my pancakes phat with shredded fruit so consider this brunch dish an homage to my family of sorts. You can keep it innocent if you wish and use this post simply as a damn good pancake recipe. If you want to lose the pear try reducing the amount of flour to only one cup. If you want to lose the ricotta and honey then, uhh, I don’t want to know about it. Let’s get some ~food porn~ close up action happening.

Without further hesitation here’s the recipe for what I like to think of a near perfect breakfast/brunch dripping with re-worked nostalgia from a time where I was barely tall enough to even reach the stovetop. I would happily serve in my hypothetical inner-west cafe (it will happen one day). No gram measurements today because this recipe is far easier to remember in simple cups, and who even wants to pull out their scales that early in the morning? Not I, not I.

Shredded Pear Pancakes with Cinnamon Ricotta
(an original recipe to make around 24 pancakes)

Pancake batter
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
2 pears, grated
Butter, for greasing

Cinnamon ricotta
300g (just over a cup) fresh ricotta
Cinnamon, to taste

1. Combine all pancake batter ingredients in a bowl and whisk well. Allow to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
2. Lightly grease a pan with butter and place on medium heat. Ladle the pancake batter in rounds and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side or until the surface begins to bubble and the edges have browned nicely.
3. Combine ricotta and cinnamon (around 2 tsp) well. Serve atop or beside pancakes with a generous drizzling of honey or syrup.

  1. Tina @ bitemeshowme’s avatar

    Your pancake stack looks amazing! Mine never look like that and go all haywire. Love the sound of that ricotta cream. I wouldn’t mind having this for breakky ;) x


  2. jessica’s avatar

    probably the best looking pancakes i have ever seen. that close up is out of controoollllllllllllll


  3. Jarrod’s avatar

    Will you gay marry me?


  4. Amanda’s avatar

    Oh yum! I’m drooling now!


  5. Tania @ A Perfect Pantry’s avatar

    What a delicious stack… plus it has ricotta in there, and that makes it even more yum.


  6. Juliana’s avatar

    Alana, these pancakes look and sound delicious with the fresh grated pear in it…they are so fluffy.
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a nice week :)


  7. Celia’s avatar

    They are the most fluffy oancakes I’ve ever made!! Thanks for the recipe idea!


    1. Vivian - vxdollface’s avatar

      Shredded/grated pear, how fabulous!


    2. Angie@Angie's Recipes’s avatar

      These pancakes look out of this world delicious!


    3. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes’s avatar

      Perfect for a lazy Sunday! I especially love the grated pear.


    4. Phuoc'n Delicious’s avatar

      Ahhh… I feel your pain! I’m still at uni and in my mid-20s and it sucks sometimes that you have to be so stingy and live frugally when you want to splurge on luxurious things like food, holidays etc. But keep at it, you can do it!

      These pancakes sound right up my alley. I love the combination of ricotta and honey, so perfect together. And the addition of pears makes it so much more awesome. Thanks for the recipe


    5. Winston’s avatar

      The way the honey just oozes and drips down the side is sooooo sexxyyyyyy… This is exactly my kind of breakfast. I’d love to eat that though I don’t think I could eat a whole stack of 6 pancakes at once haha. Whoever managed that is so boss. AWESOME stuff, Alana!


    6. Nami | Just One Cookbook’s avatar

      This is THE perfect pancake shot Alana!!! I know that no matter how many times I try to take this shot, it won’t happen to me! :D You make everyone hungry and it’s the power of food photography! Excellent shot, and I bet these pancakes are absolutely delish.



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