Orange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta Hotcakes

Orange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta HotcakesOrange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta Hotcakes

I believe that in this world, there are two types of people – those that do breakfast and those that do not. For a large portion of my life, I belonged to the latter. A serial breakfast monogamist – a basic egg, piece of fruit or yoghurt, granola and muesli seemed to be the few staples that could satisfy me. Though lately, I have been discovering the ritual of breakfast and the variety of foods it can encompass. The creative bug has crept in.

Orange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta Hotcakes

 Like most of my recipes I conjure, I begin with a vision. Though as soon as the process begins, the vision soon changes, morphing into something entirely different. These Orange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta Hotcakes are my adaption from Bill Granger’s classic hotcake recipe.

Orange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta HotcakesOrange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta Hotcakes
Orange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta Hotcakes

I’ve been making the recipe for years. It’s utterly fail-proof. Though, I’ve changed the recipe a bite here and there – in consideration of my temperamental tastebuds. And since it’s one of my favourite breakfast related recipes to make, I thought it deserved a chance to shine.

Orange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta HotcakesOrange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta Hotcakes

Orange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta Hotcakes are destined for a luxurious breakfast of champions. The hotcakes cook up fluffy and thick due to a mixture of egg, milk, flour and ricotta and are also peppered by strands of fresh rosemary, the zest of an orange and additional burst of orange blossom water.

Though tasty and seemingly rich – they are unexpectedly health kind due to the snub of familiar friends, butter and sugar. Sweet-but-not-too-sweet these hotcakes will bring bright comfort and cheer to your morning.

Orange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta Hotcakes

These hotcakes can be served with a variety of garnishes though I won’t broach the subject of recommending toppings, as it is a constant bone of contention, personal preference and dispute for many.

I like to serve these hotcakes with a plethora of sweet fruit and even sweeter syrups. A few over-ripe peaches, along with some thick orange wedges. There are raspberries, strawberries and blackberries too – a visual feast of colour, flavour and texture… all lined up in little self-serve bowls. We linger in the kitchen, spooning fruit and syrup over hotcake after hotcake after hotcake. There is simply no need to rush over breakfast.Orange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta Hotcakes

Orange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta HotcakesOrange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta Hotcakes

Orange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta Hotcakes
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp. orange blossom water / optional
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Zest from an orange
  • 1 tbsp. rosemary, chopped
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • 1⅓ cups ricotta
  • Vegetable oil, for lightly frying
  1. In a large bowl, stir together the egg yolks, milk, orange blossom water, flour, baking powder, zest, rosemary and salt. Add the ricotta and mix lightly with a fork to just combine. In a separate large bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff. Gently fold the egg white mixture and flour mixture together using a rubber spatula. Ricotta lumps should remain throughout the batter.
  2. Lightly coat a large frying pan with vegetable oil then set it over medium to low heat. Ladle or scoop ⅓ cup of the batter into the pan to make a single hotcake. Use a metal spatula to check when the underside of the hotcake is golden, then flip and cook on the other side. Remove to a plate and serve warm with toppings. You can also garnish and present as desired – I used honey, its comb, extra orange zest and a crystallized rosemary wreath.
Makes 8 Hotcakes
If you cannot find orange blossom water, the juice from an orange can be substituted.

Orange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta HotcakesOrange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta HotcakesOrange Blossom, Rosemary and Ricotta Hotcakes


  • Reply Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner February 25, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    I’m of the “must do breakfast” camp and these pancakes look so fluffy and delicious! As always, I simply adore your photos…gorgeous times infinity! 🙂

  • Reply Carmella February 25, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Wow. These already looked good but after reading your description of them I feel like I have to make them at this very moment. I’ve been a breakfast person my entire life but for you it looks like better late than never lol 🙂

  • Reply Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health February 24, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    I am definitely a breakfast person and I could see myself devouring that entire plate of hotcakes! Just imagining the smell is driving me nuts! And as always, the styling is gorgeous. I’m telling ya, you should be working for a magazine, lady!

  • Reply Kathy @ olives & garlic February 24, 2015 at 2:35 am

    These beauties are making an appearance on our kitchen table this Sunday. Thanks for a great recipe.

  • Reply Chineka @ Savor the Baking February 22, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I’m a serial breakfast monogamist, but these hotcakes look delicious and so fluffy!

  • Reply Annie @ The Garlic Diaries February 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Wow, these look absolutely delicious, Thalia! I absolutely love hotcakes. It is my favorite breakfast food! I will definitely be trying these :). Love your photography by the way.

  • Reply kristie {birch and wild} February 21, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I didn’t think pancakes could be beautiful, but you have made them so! Wow!

  • Reply Amanda February 20, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Amazing pancakes! Your pictures are so pretty!

  • Reply Becca from February 20, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    This may very well be the most gorgeous stack of hotcakes that I’ve ever laid my eyes on, Thalia! I love your use of orange-blossom water. I bet they smelled heavenly!

  • Reply betty | le jus d'orange February 20, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Thalia this is beautiful!! I simply love orange blossom + rosemary as a flavor combination, and ricotta hotcakes? You’ve got me convinced!

  • Reply Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking February 20, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Oh my goodness these hot cakes look so delicious!!

  • Reply All That I'm Eating February 20, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Love that these are called hotcakes, I am a ‘do’ breakfast person. Best meal of the day!

  • Reply Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog February 20, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    These pancakes are like works of art, almost too pretty to eat…almost lol! I am definitely in the ‘I eat breakfast’ camp, but my husband is not, so I’ll have to make these to change his mind 🙂

  • Reply Connie the chocoholic February 20, 2015 at 5:09 am

    these look so insanely FLUFFY!

    it’s so fluffy im gonna die!

  • Reply Reem February 20, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Such a gorgeous blog!!! Thanks for stopping by, I am so glad i found your blog!!
    Really Pretty pics and gorgeous food!

  • Reply Claudia @Breakfast Drama Queen February 20, 2015 at 2:20 am

    These look and sound amazing! Not surprisingly, I’m firmly in the first category – I can’t imagine life without breakfast!

  • Reply Brittaney @ Sips and Snacks February 20, 2015 at 12:10 am

    These are absolutely stunning! I think I’m going to try them this weekend! I cannot wait!

  • Reply Shiran @ pretty. simple. sweet. February 19, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I’ve seen this on Pinterest and knew right away these are your photos! It looks gorgeous, as always, and I love the combination of flavors in this – always so unique! I would love to have this for breakfast tomorrow!

  • Reply Sus @ February 19, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    These sound (and look!!) divine! So happy to have found your blog Thalia, it’s utterly beautiful! xx

  • Reply Alexa @ Sweet Little Kitchen February 19, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    These look absolutely incredible, Thalia! I’m typically don’t put nearly as much effort into crafting breakfast as I do other meals, but I feel motivated to make this for breakfast on a weekend morning. I love that they are sweet but not too sweet – very sugary breakfasts make me totally crash afterwards!

  • Reply Karishma February 19, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I have been meaning to make ricotta pancakes. Yours look so delicious! Love the flavor combo. My roommate tried to make them a couple weeks ago, but hers didn’t come out so well so I was a bit afraid of trying. But now I’m just thinking about how tasty it will be!

  • Reply Hannah February 19, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Such beautiful sentiments on simplicity, and a beautiful stack of pancakes to match. I love the creative blend of flavors you’ve introduced to the humble flapjack- It sounds like a real treat indeed!

  • Reply Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom February 19, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Thalia, I regret that I am the latter during the week. . it’s funny, even though I stay home (well, am working full-time from home), I still just do the fruit +granola+yogurt during the week but save the “real” breakfasts for the weekend. . maybe it’s b/c things are more relaxed. . I’m not worried about getting the kids up and ready for school etc. . these hotcakes are gorgeous! a breakfast I would be happy to devour!

  • Reply Mira February 19, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    These ricotta cakes look fantastic Thalia! Would love to have some for breakfast! Pinned to try them!

  • Reply Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven February 19, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I can hardly stand how thick and fluffy these look, Thaila! What a gorgeous stack! Puhleeeeze send all your leftovers on over my way, okay? 🙂

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou February 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Gotta love those hotcakes and what a great styling in these clicks Thalia. A true form of art!

  • Reply Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen February 19, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    This is a great flavor combo Thalia! I am in the ‘don’t like breakfast’ camp, but I have to tell you – these completely changed my mind! I’d love to be served up a stack of these bad boys!

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean February 19, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I am a breakfast eater, but it hasn’t always been like that. I used to believe if I skipped breakfast, I could eat more later, not realizing the benefits of a nutritious breakfast.

    Your pancakes are beautiful! I just read about orange blossom water yesterday and how it bumps up the orange flavor of any dish. I’m looking forward to finding it and using it. The flavors you’ve infused into these hotcakes are so delicious. Thank you, Thalia!

  • Reply Maggie | Omnivore's Cookbook February 19, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Gosh, this is such a beautiful plate of hotcakes! When I saw the first picture, I immediately thought about princess. Really, it’s like a sweet and elegant girl that is wearing a tiara 🙂
    Although I have extremely simple breakfast everyday, I spend time to cook a great breakfast occasionally and enjoy it with sparkling wine. Adding this one into my collection now!

  • Reply Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts February 19, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Oh Thalia, these look amazing. I love all your dishes. They are creative, beautiful and scrumptious.
    I still fall it to the category of ‘do not’ do breakfast. I am a ‘grab a coffee’ kind of girl. But I do love an elongated brunch after church on a Sunday. So I think these will be making their way to my table soon. Yum 🙂

  • Reply Noha @Matters of the Belly February 19, 2015 at 4:34 am

    oh MY! Bill Granger’s ricotta hotcakes are my favourite pancakes of all time…i’m pretty sure i would love your perfumed version even more <3

  • Reply mjskit February 19, 2015 at 2:41 am

    I do love breakfast even though I don’t eat it until after 10, but breakfast food, like these pancakes are something that I could eat any time of the day. Beautiful!

  • Reply Rachel February 19, 2015 at 1:27 am

    I just love looking at your posts. Your food and your photography are so elegant!

  • Reply Erin@WellPlated February 18, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    I will clamor for number one spot on the breakfast do list! During the week I keep it simple with cereal and yogurt, but I love making weekend breakfast really special. These are absolutely perfect for a Saturday feast!

  • Reply Christine | No Gojis, No Glory February 18, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    These are beautiful Thalia! For me, this would be more of a “special occasion” kind of breakfast. I never grew out of my night owl tendencies of avoiding too much morning time activities. The addition of orange blossom water is interesting. I’m gonna have to try that…

  • Reply Kate February 18, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    These hotcakes are absolutely lovely, and fruit with herbs is such a great, underdone combination!

  • Reply Mariana @The Candid Kitchen February 18, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I am definitely a breakfast person, so these look more than perfect for me. Glad to hear they are versatile x

  • Reply Kelley @ Chef Savvy February 18, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Beautiful photos as always! They look amazing!

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ February 18, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I’m smitten with both the photography and the recipe. The combinations of flavors is unusual and tempting.

  • Reply Manali @ CookWithManali February 18, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    So pretty! Your recipes and pictures are fabulous! Pinned.

  • Reply Karen February 18, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    I’m with you, and absolutely would not miss breakfast. It’s the reason I get out of bed in the morning! The pancakes look dreamy, so pillowy and light. Your touch of rosemary, citrus and ricotta are inspired – so lovely.

  • Reply Gina February 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Sound and look so yummy! I wish I could catch that “creative bug!” >.<

    Pink Wings

  • Reply katie February 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    these pancakes look fabulous! Love the additon of the rosemary and orange blossom water. I am a boring breakfast girl. Just an egg on toast for me usually; you’ve inspried me to do better!

  • Reply Juliana Walters February 18, 2015 at 5:05 am

    You are truly an artist!

  • Reply Bec February 18, 2015 at 4:25 am

    These look just amazing!!!! That pancake styling 😉

  • Reply Sara | Belly Rumbles February 18, 2015 at 2:13 am

    I am a do brunch kinda girl. Your hotcakes look incredibly light and fluffy, I would do breakfast for those.

  • Reply Reiko February 18, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Wow!! I grew up eating hotcakes not pancakes. Just looking at your pictures make me miss the hotcakes my mom used to make for weekend breakfast!! Your version sounds absolutely delicious! I haven’t had hotcakes for a long time and maybe it’s time to make some!

  • Reply Isadora @ she likes food February 17, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    I’m sad to say that I fall into the category of people who don’t do breakfast, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love breakfast food! I’m one of those people who frequently does breakfast for dinner just so I can get my breakfast fix! That huge stack of hotcakes looks awesome and I would love to eat these for breakfast! I just need to work on getting up earlier 🙂

  • Reply The Blonde Chef February 17, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I am a huge pancake girl, and so I am loving the unique flavor combo here! Gorgeous photos, as usual!!

  • Reply Andrea Belec February 17, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Wow! You made hotcakes look like the most whimsical romantic food in the world. Beautiful photos and drool worthy recipe!

  • Reply Christina @ Bake with christina February 17, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    What a delicious combination of ingredients! It sounds and looks SO delicious, and I LOVE that honey dripping down, such a great photo! Pinned 🙂

  • Reply Rachel @ Bakerita February 17, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Oh yes, you most certainly DO breakfast. These hotcakes are such luscious, gorgeous stacks. And with ricotta? Best addition ever.

  • Reply Olivia @ olivia's cuisine February 17, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I bet those smell fantastic! I’m also not a breakfast person, but I would totally eat that whole stack of pancakes right now!

  • Reply Amy February 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I love hot cakes and these look amazing!

  • Reply Marissa | Pinch and Swirl February 17, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    The texture of those pancakes looks so perfect! And the orange and rosemary scent? Perfection.

  • Reply Jen @ Baked by an Introvert February 17, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    These hotcakes have me craving spring! I love the orange blossom and rosemary flavors. This is the most gorgeous breakfast!

  • Reply Monica February 17, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    I love the ritual of breakfast (and brunch on lazy weekends). This makes me feel relaxed and cozy already. Sounds like a great combination of flavors and these hotcakes could not be fluffier so I can’t ask for much more. Here’s to many happy breakfasts and creative cooking to go with it.

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter February 17, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Just beautiful! Breakfast foods are my favorite and these look perfect! I love the fresh orange blossom and rosemary combo! Definitely has me looking forward to warmer temps!

  • Reply February 17, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Lovely as always, Thalia! These are some of the most delicious looking pancakes I’ve ever seen!

  • Reply Kristin | Tasty Joy February 17, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I can’t wait to try these—I love that they have no sugar!

  • Reply Jess @ Eating with Alice February 17, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I’ve always been a breakfast person myself – it’s my favourite meal of the day. These look absolutely stunning and I love the flavour combination. Can’t wait to try them soon!

    Jess xo

  • Reply Bach G February 17, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I love orange blossom water in ANYTHING!! These hotcakes look fantastic!

  • Reply Arman @ thebigmansworld February 17, 2015 at 8:16 am

    These look delicious, Thalia and I can smell them from here 😉

  • Reply Adri February 17, 2015 at 4:32 am

    I love ricotta hotcakes, and these sound absolutely divine!

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 17, 2015 at 3:31 am

    What a genius idea the orange blossom water is. I have to try this soon!

  • Reply angela@spinachtiger February 17, 2015 at 2:14 am

    MMMMM These look so good. That’s a lot of pancakes, and I love the flowers put into the photo too.

  • Reply Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice February 17, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Wow these are gorgeous, Thalia! What a flavorful combination! I’ve never used ricotta in a recipe like this, it sounds delicious!

  • Reply Jessica | A Happy Food Dance February 17, 2015 at 1:32 am

    I just want to pour syrup all over these and grab a fork! YUMMMM Thalia!

  • Reply Alexandra February 17, 2015 at 1:19 am

    These are so gorgeous! I’m a total sucker for luxurious weekend breakfasts. Looove the addition of rosemary here 🙂

  • Reply Amanda@ChewTown February 17, 2015 at 12:30 am

    These look so darling. Love ricotta in hotcakes and the addition of rosemary and orange blossom is wonderful.

  • Reply Meghan February 17, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Thalia, these are so beautiful. And it’s so strange, as I was going to make ricotta hotcakes today, although I doubt that mine would ever be as perfect as these. Your styling here is so light and refreshing. xo

  • Reply Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker February 17, 2015 at 12:05 am

    These are truly beautiful hotcakes. Yum!

  • Reply Jasmine February 16, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    At the moment I’m searching for some creative breakfast recipes, as I’ve recently only started being a breakfast person. I have yet to be convinced that breakfast is a good idea, but this recipe really inspires me, so thank you! I also love the idea of orange blossom flavour, flowers being a favourite of mine.
    – The flower child named Jasmine x

  • Reply Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish February 16, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Although breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, I really only get a “real” breakfast about once a week, twice if lucky. But these hotcakes would do me some good! Pinning for later!

  • Reply Maggie @HomeSweetJones February 16, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I’ve always been a non-breakfast doer myself but these are enough to make me change camps. Stunning pictures!

  • Reply Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen February 16, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    The combination of flavors in these hotcakes sounds wonderful!

  • Reply Allie | Baking a Moment February 16, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    These hotcakes are just like a breath of Spring! I love that you’ve added orange blossom water 🙂 So pretty!

  • Reply MB @ Bourbon and Brown Sugar February 16, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    These hotcakes (or pancakes as we call them in the States) are simply gorgeous, Thalia! I just adore your blog 🙂

  • Reply Renee February 16, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    They look so good!! That combination of flavours, yum! And I was a no-breakfast-person a long time ago too, but right now; i can’t live without extensive ones!

  • Reply Chichi February 16, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    This looks so delicious

  • Reply Mandie @ Mandie's Kitchen February 16, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Every recipe you post sounds and looks so delicately elegant, Thalia! These hotcakes look absolutely scrumptious!

  • Reply April @ Girl Gone Gourmet February 16, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Those are some fancy pancakes! I might be swayed to eat breakfast every day if these were served up – they sound so delicious!

  • Reply Beeta @ Mon Petit Four February 16, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Positively lovely. I can imagine how yummy these would smell too!

  • Reply Jamie | Jamie's Recipes February 16, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful hotcakes. Breakfast is my favorite meal and I love the weekends when I really have the time to go overboard with creative breakfasts.

  • Reply fanny February 16, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Oh…..I think I can smell the fragrance here….would love to wake up to these…..Or just looking at those beautiful pictures too. 🙂

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