Sarah Grueneberg's taste of Derby cooking

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Sarah Grueneberg, guest chef for Churchill Downs Mansion, whips up this delicious Derby brunch favorite!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Acacia Honey

Serves 6


3 eggs, separated

1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup ricotta cheese

3/4 cup buttermilk

3/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Zest of 1 lemon

Honey for serving


1. In a large bowl, whisk egg yolks, sugar, salt, ricotta, buttermilk, flour and baking powder until smooth. Separately, whisk egg whites until they form medium peaks. Fold in 1/4 of the egg whites and lemon zest into the ricotta batter. Fold in remaining egg whites until incorporated.

2. Heat a nonstick pan or griddle over medium low heat. Using a ladle or pastry bag, pour small rounds of batter onto the pan and cooking on each side for about one minute, until golden.

3. Drizzle with honey and enjoy!