Fig and Ricotta Pancakes

When I was a child, I took piano lessons in a sweet woman's home. Outside the door was a fig tree and I'm not sure which I remember more...the piano notes or the taste of freshly picked figs. I'm still debating on the idea of adding a fig tree to my tiny Brooklyn apartment. Maybe I will settle for fig pancakes instead.


What's great about pancakes is they're REALLY hard to mess up. Dry plus liquid, add egg and baking powder, cook and there you have it...a pancake. What I'm trying to say is this isn't an exact science, so make them how you like them. Don't want figs? Fine, add another fruit. This your show. 

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1 cup low fat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup milk
1 cup fresh figs, sliced 

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add eggs, milk, and ricotta. Mix until incorporated. Heat a small amount of butter or oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add your desired amount of pancake mix to the pan and immediately top with sliced figs. Note: I pressed the figs into the pancake batter in the pan to make sure they didn't fall out while flipping. Allow to cook until slightly browned on one side. Flip and cook through. Makes about 6-8 pancakes (6in diameter).