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Teff and Ricotta Pancakes with Apples

Makes 32 pancakes
Prep Time 30-45 minutes

1/2 cup Teff grain
2 cups water
pinch of Sale di Cervia Sea Salt
1 cup ricotta
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
3 eggs, seperated
1 cup white flour (or substitute teff flour for a gluten free version)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon Brown Sugar
butter for cooking the pancakes
All Natural Maple Praline Syrup for serving

Apple topping:
2 fairly tart apples
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

Cook 1/2 cup Teff grain in 2 cups of water with a pinch of Sale di Cervia Sea Salt, simmering for about 20 minutes and stirring occasionally until the water is all absorbed. You could do this ahead of time.
Prepare the apple topping. Core and chop the apples into ~1/4 inch pieces. Warm a small skillet over medium low heat. Melt the butter and stir in the chopped apples and Cinnamon. Cook over low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the apples are soft and fragrant. Stir in 1 teaspoon Brown Sugar and cook for a minute longer. Reserve.
Mix together the ricotta, egg yokes, buttermilk, and cooked teff. Combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, and brown sugar. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until they are just incorporated. Then gently fold the egg whites into the batter.

Heat a griddle and when it is warm, grease with a little butter. Use a soup spoon to spoon the batter into pancakes. When permanent bubbles form around the edge and the color of the batter changes on top, flip the pancakes and cooked them for a couple of minutes on the second side.
Serve the pancakes hot off the griddle with the apple topping and a swirl of All Natural Maple and Praline Syrup.

Recipe adapted from and photo courtesy of

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