4 August 2013

A Lazy Sunday Morning with Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and a Box Full of Goodies

So the lovely Johanna, over at http://kirschplunder.wordpress.com very kindly awarded me a voucher for the organic food delivery site, Abel and Cole. 
I'd heard of this veg box service before but had never got round to ordering something for myself! Their website is full of seasonal delicious fruit and veg that you can order in different sized weekly veg boxes, as well as loads of other unusual and healthy store cupboard ingredients, fresh dairy products and organic meat and fish. 

Johanna started up the #VegBoxChallenge- a project to encourage us all to make the most out of our weekly shop of fruit and veg to make sure nothing goes to waste! She posts about the variety of dishes she has made from that week's ingredients. 

As we have lots of fresh veg from our new veg patch- I decided to order some of their more unusual ingredients to give me more of a challenge! Over the next few days, I'll post the dishes I've created from my box full of goodies that arrived on Friday. 

Abel and Cole is a very reliable and easy service- they even rang me to make sure I'd received the delivery and that everything was ok! They work around the seasons and so the contents of your box are likely to change accordingly- I was given some lovely English jostaberries- a berry I'd never come across before! They even sent me a free copy of their new book - the Veg Box Companion - full of great ways of using up the veg you have no idea what to do with!

I've had a very busy week at work and so this weekend called for a lazy sunday morning and a big sunday breakfast as a treat. 
These ricotta and lemon pancakes are light and perfectly fluffy and go well with a sweet cheery compote and a mug of steaming hot coffee!

I used the ricotta from my delivery and the agave syrup as an alternative to honey to drizzle over the top. 

To make your pancakes:


1 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 cup gluten free plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
Small pinch of salt
3/4 cup milk
3 eggs, divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Zest of 2 lemons

125g cherries
1tbsp chambord
2tbsp port
50g sugar

To make the cherry compote:

Wash, pit and chop your cherries, removing the stalks. 

Add to a pan along with the port, chambord liquor and sugar. 

Put the pan over a high heat and bring to the boil. Once the sugar has dissolved and the cherries have softened (approx. 3-5 mins) remove the cherries using a slotted spoon.
Continue to simmer the sauce until it is slightly reduced in volume and coats the back of a spoon. 

To make the pancake batter:

Mix your dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in the other. Separate the eggs and add the yolks to the milk, ricotta, vanilla and lemon zest and in a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff. 

Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until fully mixed and then fold in the egg whites- try to retain as much air as possible. 

Put a frying pan on a high heat and add a little butter. Once the pan is very hot, add a spoonful of the pancake batter and cook for about 3-4 minutes on one side and then flip over. 
Once golden brown, serve with the cherry compote, vanilla yoghurt and a drizzle of agave syrup!

source: http://whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday.com/post/18125543893/ricotta-pancakes
- this is a great blog full of mouth-watering ideas for breakfast!


  1. Woop for winning! Looks tasty too, I'd love to eat some pancakes ahaxx

    1. thank you! pancakes are a good sunday morning brunch! xx

  2. That cherry compote looks divine hun, even with a cheeky dash of tipple :)
    Ideal for a lazy sunday morning
    x x x

    {The Lobster & Me}

    1. haha nothing wrong with a cheeky dash of tipple on a sunday! xx

  3. Delicious pancakes! And what a awesome box of goodies!

    1. thanks Pamela! I can't wait to decide what to do with all the other lovely ingredients!

  4. Yum! These pancakes look fabulous!
    And I love the idea of natural foods in a box. :) That's so awesome!

    1. Thanks Abbie- I'm hooked to their delivery service- they have so many good products available! xxx

  5. Ohoo those look divine! I see people getting their abel & cole deliveries all the time but have never done it myself. Worth it then?

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog


    1. thanks Teffy! yes definitely worth it- it took me sooo long to decide what to order though!xxx

  6. I just discovered your blog through Bloglovin and it's great! I've been browsing through your posts and they're all really interesting and look delicious with great pics! Definitely going to try some of the recipes. These pancakes look so tasty!! I've just started my own food blog, www.corianderandcumin.wordpress.com - have a look if you fancy x

    1. Thanks so much Emma- I'm really glad you like it- I'll definitely check yours out too xxx


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