Ricotta and Ginger Pancakes with Finger Lime Caviar

April 17, 2011

Our first breakfast in our gorgeous new unit…I knew this was going to be special.

As I am sure you are all now very aware, I adore breakfast. Sweet or savoury, one thing that truly makes me happy is planning a beautiful morning meal. Let’s be honest though, I do tend to gravitate more towards the sweeter options. This tendency has brought me much joy and made my tummy very happy, which is why I felt it prudent to honour the sweeter things in life at this very special meal.

And so I made pancakes – pancakes that represent where I’m at in my life. They’re sweet and light, with a touch of spice and a little zing – just how my life is right now.

Ricotta and Ginger Pancakes with Finger Lime Caviar

Makes 6 large pancakes

When making this dish, I took inspiration from these two lovely recipes: Greedy Gourmand‘s Ginger, Coconut and Ricotta Pancakes and Kim Meredith’s Ricotta and Lime Pancakes.


1/2 cup Regular Plain Flour
1/2 cup Wholemeal Plain Flour
1.5 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 tablespoons Caster Sugar
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
2 Egg Yolks
200g Ricotta (I used low-fat ricotta and it worked beautifully)
1/2 cup low-fat Milk
Zest of 1 Lime
2 Egg Whites
2 Finger Limes* (optional but very pretty and delicious)
Pure Maple Syrup to serve
Extra Ricotta to serve


Cut the finger limes lengthways down the centre and open them up to reveal the little lime crystals. Scoop them out and set aside.

Sift the flours and baking powder in a large bowl. Stir in the ground ginger and sugar.

In a separate, smaller bowl whisk together the egg yolks, ricotta, milk and lime zest until well combined.

Make a well in the flour bowl and add in the ricotta mixture. Whisk gently until the batter is smooth.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until peaks form (an excellent arm workout). Fold gently into the batter.

Heat a frying pan over low heat (I like to heat two and have them both on the go at once, it’s quicker this way). Grease the pans with some butter (I use light dairy spread). Check whether the pan is hot enough – flick a little water onto the pan and if it dances, it’s hot enough. Add a small ladle of batter onto the pan (~1/3 cup). Cook until small bubbles appear, then flip the pancakes and cook them on the other side until golden and cooked through. Transfer the cooked pancakes to a plate and cover with foil. Repeat this process with the remaining batter until you have 6 beautiful pancakes (or more if you’re going for smaller cakes).

Stack three pancakes on each plate. Top the stacks with a spoon of ricotta each, add a drizzle of maple syrup and then place the finger lime crystals on top of the the ricotta scoops (if not using finger limes, add a squeeze of lime juice or a scattering of zest).

Eat, savour and enjoy the sweet zing of life.

* Finger Limes are a delightful fruit that come from rare native trees. They have a fantastic flavour – the little round lime crystals inside the fruit give a burst a fresh flavour as they pop in your mouth. Besides these pancakes, I’m picturing they’d be lovely in a Thai beef salad or seared scallops.

My Finger Limes were given to me by my mum’s friend, Pauline Miceli. Pauline and her husband own Miceli Winery in Arthurs Seat, where along with their wine, they grow Finger Limes. Thank you, Pauline, for the bounty of finger limes! I loved playing around with this delightful fruit.

Heidi xo
  • Indie.Tea April 17, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Incredible! I have never seen a finger lime (only Buddha's finger, but I think the limes sound very different?)…

  • hollypop April 17, 2011 at 9:08 am

    oh gosh! clever girl. i really like the idea of lime caviar scallops yes'm! so happy that you're in your new place. i'll have to check out the limes next time i'm in da hood.

  • wholesomecook April 17, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Ooh yum! They look so plump and fluffy, must be the egg whites. Love the flavour combination too.

  • Michelle Chin April 17, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Congrats to your new home. 🙂

  • Blithely Unaware April 17, 2011 at 12:20 pm


    What a perfect first breakfast, I love that these look so fluffffy!!

  • Hannah April 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Aw, I love that description of your life! Here's to many more days of zing and sweetness and warmth and happiness 🙂

  • Heavenly Ingredients April 17, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    love ricotta in pancakes -although I'm a newbie when it comes to cooking it. must try this x

  • Heidi April 17, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Indie.Tea – I just googled Buddha's finger! What a funny looking plant 🙂 Yes a little different I would think.

    Hollypop – yes do! I have been dreaming of finger lime scallops ever since I wrote it 🙂

    wholesomecook – exactly, making the effort to separate the eggs and then all the whisking & folding does make such a difference – so fluffy!

    Michelle – thanks! We're still renting but it's just glorious to have a bigger, nicer place and a new kitchen.

    Blithely Unaware – oh so fluffy 🙂

    Hannah – thanks lovely 🙂 Cheers to zing!

    Laura – it is so lovely and super easy, do try it!

    Heidi xo

  • KittyCate April 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Wow, what an utterly fantastic breakfast! I read the title and knew I was in for an absolute treat reading this post. I have always wanted to try finger limes, I am going to have to try and hunt some down. So glad you're enjoying the new place! xx

  • deb April 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    The pancakes looks fab! I've had finger limes over oysters natural, really delicious. Never thought to use them as a garnish on pancakes though..very nice.

  • msihua April 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    Yayy on the new abode! And Double Yay for a brilliant pancake recipe.. Looking good 🙂

  • Heidi April 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Cate – thank you! Yes do hunt some down, they're delightful 🙂

    Deb – yes I can imagine they'd be wonderful with oysters – not my thing, sadly, but perhaps with a little finger lime…

    Msihua – why thank you 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Iron Chef Shellie April 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    yay for the new place! gorgeous pancakes 🙂 x

  • katevanberkel April 17, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I am so making this over the long weekend. Love the pics Heidi, think you should add 'photography' to the list of things you are mastering.

  • The InTolerant Chef April 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    These look yummy! I have my own finger lime tree growing in a tub in my garden. I don't know what colour the flesh will be yet though, there are so many beautiful colours, have you seen the red ones?

  • Anna Johnston April 17, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Incredible, what a flavoursome combination of taste, congrats on your new home lovely, hope its a really happy,happy home for y'all 🙂

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets April 18, 2011 at 3:52 am

    I've made ricotta pancakes before and the texture is fantastic. Love your addition of ginger flavoring. Must really bring a great burst of flavor to the meal.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

    What a delicious way to celebrate a new abode! Congrats!

  • Heidi April 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Michele – thanks!

    Kate – I hope you like the pancakes! You're sweet. The iphone instagram filter does wonders when in a pinch. I am working on my photography skills, trying to master it 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – you have your own finger lime tree?! Cool! Yes I have seen the red, in my bounty I was given some red some green – beautiful!

    Anna – thanks, lovely 🙂

    Xiaolu – yes, I agree, the texture is beautiful! As was the ginger 🙂

    Lisa – thank you!!

    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Aren't finger limes the best? If you're into curds, I made a finger lime curd last year that we pretty much ate by the spoonful lol 😛

  • Kelsey April 19, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Finger limes sound fantastic! thats awesome that they gave you a nice bundle of them- and that you found such a delicious way to use some!
    I love how you said the pancakes represent where you are in your life right now – sweet, light, with a touch of spice and a little zing! hehe <3

  • Heidi April 20, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Lorraine – am I into curds? Why I love curds!! Great idea, yum – totally spoonful worthy 🙂

    Kelsey – thanks lovely 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • fingerforkknife January 10, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Heidi, these look and sound delicious! So glad I stumbled upon your blog – with a little help from Jackson.. I will definitely be back again!

    Kate x – fingerforkknife.wordpress.com

  • Heidi January 11, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hi Kate! Thanks for the lovely comment. Jackson's great 🙂 So happy you stopped by.
    Heidi xo

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