Creating Family Traditions: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

 Photo credit: krusteaz.com

Photo credit: krusteaz.com

One of the challenges about not being religious and marrying into a different culture is that you lose some of the traditions you grow up with. That’s why it’s important to build your own, no matter what background you come from.

Every Christmas, my parents, sister, aunts and uncles and their kids would get together and celebrate the holiday with meals together. A designated family member would make their "specialty" dish. My aunt makes a great macaroni salad and my dad can make pretty much anything.

Now, having a family of my own, I want to continue that family tradition in a way that is meaningful and delicious by bringing something different to the table.

I first tasted lemon ricotta pancakes when my husband and I had our baby moon in Hawaii. This recipe is my recreation of that. So far, so good; kids and adults alike seem to be satisfied. The pancakes have been such a popular request that it has become our Saturday morning ritual! 

The best part of this ritual is that my children and I make it together. Arjun loves to name all of the ingredients and guide us through the recipe. Aarav love to crack, beat, and pour the eggs into the bowl. Each take turns stirring the batter until it is smooth. My husband loves to eat it. :)

Taking on a ritual, a consistent practice of spending quality time together doing something you and your family enjoy, creates a lifetime of memories for all. I'm curious to know - what are some of your family traditions?

Try the recipe for yourself and let me know what you think!

 Photo credit: Yvette Jain

Photo credit: Yvette Jain

 

RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 8 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 cups (16oz) ricotta cheese
  • 2 lemons, juice and zested
  • 1/2 cup raw turbinado sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 6 egg whites, whipped to a soft peak

METHOD

  1. Mix all ingredients well, fold in the whipped egg whites
  2. Rest in refrigerator for 1 hour before cooking
  3. Cook in non-stick skillet over medium high heat