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Cowgirl Creamery's Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Crème Fraîche

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All this week, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith from Cowgirl Creamery will be sharing recipes from their forthcoming cookbook Cowgirl Creamery Cooks, answering our questions, and giving away a book every day.  

Today: Our favorite breakfast staple gets lightened up with cheese -- go figure.

Cowgirl Creamery's Cottage Cheese Pancakes on Food52

I flipped many a pancake during my eleven happy years as a breakfast cook at Bette’s Oceanview Diner in Berkeley, CA, and this is one of my favorite recipes. You’d expect the cheese to make the pancakes heavy, but the opposite is true: during cooking, the cheese and egg whites work together to make these light. You can use cottage cheese or ricotta. Top them with seasonal fruit and these morning delights are a perfect wake-me-up for any season -- in the fall, we go for apples and pears.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Crème Fraîche and Seasonal Fruit

Serves 4

1 pint fruit
1/2 cup sugar
6 eggs, separated
1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
Vegetable oil for the griddle
Crème fraîche (as an accompaniment)

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Want to win a copy of Cowgirl Creamery Cooks? Tell us in the comments: What's your favorite pancake topping? We'll choose one random winner each day, and announce them this Friday! (Unfortunately, we can only ship books within the US.)

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Tags: everyday cooking, pancakes, cottage cheese, fruit

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11 months ago dksbook

Lemon juice and a light dusting of sugar

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11 months ago Lingami

A little butter and maple syrup. Simple and delicious.

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11 months ago Jeni

Grade B syrup, peaches and bacon

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11 months ago Fairmount_market

My family's cottage cheese pancake recipe that we've made for years comes from Michael Fields, and we always eat them spread with raspberry jam and with a dusting of powdered sugar.

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11 months ago Greenstuff

Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

Ditto dymnyno on the butter. Lingonberries for many occasions and Norwegian brown cheese for some others.

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11 months ago dymnyno

Butter, butter and butter...what else would you expect from a dairy daughter from Petaluma?

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11 months ago Foxes

I love roasted apples with cinnamon. But there has to be syrup, too.

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11 months ago LucyS

Have to agree with cookinginvictoria - creme fraiche goes on everything. But mostly maple syrup!

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11 months ago SallyM

I love pure Grade "C" mable syrup on my pancakes - Lately they've been pumpkin pancakes...

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11 months ago amysarah

Soft butter and really good warm maple syrup, overflowing onto the thick cut bacon next to the pancakes.

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11 months ago m.

I love my pancakes topped with creamed or crystallized honey and lots of melty oozey Straus butter but I'm thinking this recipe'll be dinner tonight!

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11 months ago LLStone

Peanut butter and maple syrup for me!

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11 months ago cookinginvictoria

Creme fraiche, Grade B maple syrup and fresh fruit -- seasonal berries in summer; apples sauteed in butter with a touch of sugar, cinnamon and cardamom in winter.

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11 months ago sarah

OHHHH the apples/cin/sugar/card sounds AMAZING

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11 months ago cookinginvictoria

The apples/cinnamon/sugar/cardamom toppimg is also delicious on oatmeal. :)

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11 months ago Rivka

Mascarpone+Grade B Maple Syrup. Yum!

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11 months ago sarah

Butter, fresh strawberries, powdered sugar and a little maple syrup!

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11 months ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Berries poached in maple syrup, with a pinch of cinnamon. Double plus yum

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11 months ago Kendra A.

Bacon and maple syrup are my go-to topping combo! Can't wait to check out the book.

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11 months ago dymnyno

Your Cowgirl Creamery cottage cheese is my favorite! I live in Calistoga and I can't find it anywhere...Whole Foods used to carry it, but they seem to not carry it any more. Cal Mart in Calistoga tried it for a couple of weeks. I would buy it if I could find it! It is the best!

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11 months ago Sue Conley & Peggy Smith

Hi there! The cottage cheese is a fan favorite, but, due to production space, we've had to put a hold on making it. Hoping to bring it back soon!

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11 months ago creamtea

Butter and warm maple syrup (Grade B, because it's tastier)

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11 months ago Nuala

Butter-- lots of it!