Sweet Potato Pancakes Stuffed with Ricotta Cheese

RECIPE TYPE Breakfast
Fluffy, decadent and DIVINE! These sweet potato pancakes, stuffed with ricotta cheese and dripping with maple syrup, are just too good to be true. Seriously, they might be illegal. So, don’t narc on me!
|Written November 23, 2012

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 ⅓ cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup ricotta
  • Warmed maple syrup
  • Pecans, chopped
SERVINGS 4-8 servings
TOTAL TIME1hour, 15 minutes
PREP15minutes
COOK1hour
1

Peel 1 sweet potato. Now, I usually leave the peels on my potatoes. They say it is more nutritious, but I don’t really know for sure. I just love the texture and color they provide in a meal. Don’t you just love the color of these things?

peeled sweet potato for pancakes

2

Wrap it in tinfoil and bake it for about an hour at 400 degrees in a pre-heated oven. You want it to be very tender.

3

Add 1 1/3 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of baking powder to a sieve and sift it into a large mixing bowl. You can skip this step if you don’t have a sieve or you just want to be difficult (I kid!) but I find it just makes the pancakes a wee bit fluffier.

dry ingredients for pancake mix

4

Add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar. You could try to sift the brown sugar along with the other ingredients, if you are a masochist.

brown sugar for pancake batter for sweet potato pancakes

5

Crack and separate two eggs. I do this just using my hands. There are many tools you can pick up to help with this process and, personally, I think they are a waste of money. Buy yourself a few beers instead and separate your eggs yourself.

separated eggs for pancake mix

6

Whisk the egg yolks and 1 1/2 cups of milk together so they are just combined. You aren’t trying to introduce a lot of air into this mixture. We aren’t making fluffy scrambled eggs here.

7

Remove the sweet potato from the oven when it’s done and rice it. You can also mash with a potato masher or a fork. It’s just a personal preference to use a ricer but they are pricey. I rather spend my money on this than the egg separator-and beer!

riced sweet potato for pancakes

8

Add the riced sweet potato to the dry mixture, mixing it well.

sweet potato mixture for pancake mix

9

Work in the egg and milk mixture until completely combined using a whisk to make sure there are no floury lumps.

10

Beat the egg whites until they are fluffy and stiff. They should look like little fluffy clouds. Okay, I admit. Sometimes I put them in the palm of my hand and pretend they are. Shhh…don’t tell.

11

Fold the clouds egg whites into the sweet potato mixture, but do not overly mix it.

beaten egg whites for fluffy pancakes

12

In a buttered skillet, over a medium heat, ladle in the sweet potato pancake mixture.

13

When bubbles form on the top and the edges look crispy, flip the cakes.

sweet potato pancakes fried up

14

While these are cooking, whisk 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese in a small bowl, giving it a creamier texture and making it easier to spread.

15

When the pancakes are done, layer them with ricotta and top with maple syrup and chopped pecans.

ricotta stuffed sweet potato pancakes

This recipe originally appeared on KQED’s Bay Area Bites.

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