English pancakes can be served with as many toppings as one can imagine, but the combination of cinnamon-laced ricotta and rich chocolate sauce is sure to please.
• 8 English pancakes
• 2 large oranges
• 1 fifteen-ounce tub of ricotta cheese
• 2 to 3 tablespoons honey
• 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 7 ounces semisweet chocolate
• 1 cup cream
Finely grate the zest of one orange and set aside. Peel and segment the oranges, making sure you remove all the white pith. Place in a bowl and set aside.
Make the ricotta filling by combining the ricotta, two tablespoons honey, cinnamon, and orange zest in a bowl. Beat until smooth. Taste and add a little more honey if you feel it isn't sweet enough.
To make the warm chocolate sauce, place the dark chocolate and cream in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (don't let the bowl touch the water) until the chocolate melts. You can also place the chocolate and cream in a non-metallic bowl and heat on medium heat in the microwave for two minutes until the chocolate has melted. Whisk the mixture occasionally until a thick sauce forms.
To serve, dollop two tablespoons of the ricotta filling in the center of each pancake. Top with a few orange segments, then fold the sides over. Drizzle with the chocolate sauce and serve immediately.
To read Nadia Arumugam's post about England's pancake-centric version of Mardi Gras, click here for the story.