First things first, grab a drink. Y’all know how I feel about brunch. I had a close friend come over for a pick-me-up after a long night out, and he definitely did not anticipate these orange ginger ricotta pancakes with orange ginger maple syrup and scrambled egg toasts. These taste kind of like a sophisticated orange dreamsicle, and I’m totally okay with that.
This is a spin-off of my original recipe I included my free brunch eBook. I usually make my ricotta pancakes with lemon. This time, I incorporated fresh orange zest and freshly grated ginger. The results were spectacular! Infusing the maple syrup with freshly squeezed orange juice, honey, and Runamok’s ginger infused Vermont maple syrup makes for such an earthy, warm brunch. It tastes like fall and winter, but let’s be real I’d eat this year-round. YUM.
Ricotta pancakes are my jam. Personally, I prefer ricotta pancakes 1000x more to the original pancake. It’s a completely different texture and flavor profile I can’t get enough of! The beaten egg whites in the recipe help lighten up and add airiness to the pancakes. The freshly grated ginger and orange zest add a zing (don’t you dare use store bought orange juice or skimp out on the zest!). Infusing maple syrup with fresh rosemary has been one of my favorite new tricks to make maple syrup better than it already is (daring, I know). It’s so easy, can be stored and made in advance, and adds TONS of deep, earthy tones to pancakes, as a marinade, or even in drinks (maple syrup + bourbon, OMG!!!).
Here’s a little tip/trick – you can make the pancakes a couple hours in advance if you’re making them for a bigger brunch gathering. To keep them warm without cooking them longer, transfer the pancakes onto a baking sheet and store in a warm oven (about 170 degrees) until ready to be eaten. Note: it’s best to keep the pancakes separate and not touching each other in the baking sheet, or else the pancakes will steam/ get soggy. No one wants that! Here’s how the pancakes turned out – couldn’t be happier with them!
I’d like to give a special shoutout to Gordon Ramsey. Everything I know about making scrambled eggs come from this culinary wizard. I’m not exaggerating when I say my life was changed when I learned how to make scrambled eggs the correct way. Watch this video, watch it again. Grab some eggs and butter and you’ll never make scrambled eggs the same way again. Watch the video here.
Happy brunching as always!
-Fresh Chef Nikki