Sunday Divine

by mssinglemama on May 3, 2009

I am not a church goer and may never be.

But on every Sunday there is a moment of divine intervention in our apartment when this cottage cheese pancake makes it to my lips. Crispy, fluffy, and perfectly light they have actually brought tears to my eyes before.


My parents made them for us when we were little and I’ve been making them for Benjamin for as long as he’s been old enough to eat them. I don’t even put syrup on them, just powdered sugar. And when they hit our plates they look like this…


I wanted to share the recipe because making these pancakes is a little secret to my happiness. When the world is constantly spinning around you, when you’re not sure what will happen next or how you’ll make it – the little things save you.

So here you have it, one of the things on Earth that always makes the rest of the world disappear.

[Don’t let the cottage cheese part scare you, once cooked you can’t even tell it’s in there, so don’t even bother telling the kids if they’re older and hate the cottage cheese]. 

SIDE NOTES: if you think by posting a recipe I am avoiding telling you about some other things, you’d be absolutely right. I just don’t want to jinx them. Also, if you live in Ohio or nearby, check out my two upcoming events. You’re all invited. 

Keep voting on your favorite necklace, I’ll be announcing the winner and unveiling the final necklace this Friday.

Click over for the recipe.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

from The Joy of Cooking

Cottage cheese gives these thick pancakes a tender sponge, which, when just off the griddle, is soft and almost puddinglike. Although the pancakes will lose their puff and puddingness as they cool, their sweet wholesome flavor will remain. Lightly butter, oil or spray your griddle if needed and preheat it over medium heat. 

Whisk together in a larger bowl:

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or pinch of ground nutmeg (optional)
1/4 teaspoon of salt

Whisk together in another bowl:

1 cup milk
1 cup full-fat or low-fat cottage cheese
3 tablespoons butter, melted
2 larger egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and gently whisk them together, mixing just until combined. Beat until peaks are stiff but not dry then fold into the batter:

2 large egg whites

The batter will be thick and bubbly – similar to cake batter. Spoon 1/3 cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake, nudging the batter into rounds. These are thick and might take a little longer to cook than most other pancakes. Cook until the top of each pancake is starting to dry around the edges.

NOTE: use syrup with care because these pancakes are better without, the taste carries itself. I always top mine with butter and then powdered sugar.

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Laura May 3, 2009 at 1:52 pm

Hope the Living Room Date went well!

You are so right, it is the little things that bring joy.


Canadian Bald Guy May 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm

SIDE NOTES: if you think by posting a recipe I am avoiding telling you about some other things, you’d be absolutely right.

LOL…at least you're honest about it.

Just be happy, MSM. Enjoy your son, your new car, your job, your MANY followers, and the potential happiness that may be coming your way (regardless of animal species…lol).


Coast Rat May 3, 2009 at 2:13 pm

These really look delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


hipsinglemama May 3, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Mmmm. Wow. Those look amazing.

Am not distracted though! We need the dish on your living room date! (But understand about not jinxing it and are willing to wait – for a little while..)


Irishmom May 3, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Yum, I will definitely be trying those out. Thanks for always giving us hope to the single mammas out here who need to remember these little moments are the ones our children will treasure. You are incredibly positive and I come to your blog to soak up your very young wisdom. How did you get so wise so early? I am just starting to tap into mine, years later! 🙂


TsQuest May 3, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Wow. That looks delish! Thanks for the recipe.

(And here's good wishes on the other stuff too.)



Missy May 3, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I am totally trying these out next weekend with my lady – thanks for sharing!!


Erin May 3, 2009 at 10:36 pm

I am so going to make those one of these mornings! They sound delicious! Thanks for the recipe!


thewarriorpoets May 3, 2009 at 10:41 pm

This is totally going to be non sequitur, but I like the top photograph. Blue flames on the bottom and the steam rising off the pancake, background appropriately blurred. Nice shot, for shooting breakfast.


30somethingmama May 4, 2009 at 2:38 am

Yum! thanks for sharing. cooking for our little ones do bring inexplicable satisfaction doesn't it? i have been doing pasta stuff too lately for my Nina. Tc girl!


Andrea May 4, 2009 at 4:51 am

Mmmm, these looks yummy. I am trying new things these days. But Im Lost in translation, I don´t know what baking soda is.. the literal translation doesn´t work, is it very important?


christine May 4, 2009 at 6:41 am

sodium bicarbonate? its very important, makes the pancake rise!


Andrea May 4, 2009 at 5:23 pm

YeaH! Thats it! Bicarbonato de Sodio in spanish, I not a good baker so I couldn´t figure out. ThanX!


NewSingleMama May 4, 2009 at 6:00 am

I love making pancakes from scratch and IMO they're so much better! I use cottage cheese in mine, but with oatmeal instead of flour. Egg whites, vanilla extract, cinnamon. Mmm! So yummy.


christine May 4, 2009 at 6:42 am

these look so good!


Ms. Single Mama May 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Here's a link to a picture…maybe this will help:

But, yes, it's very important. I really hope you try them. Let me know if you do…


Greg May 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Thank you! Pancakes are one of my favorite foods and my kids love 'em too. I'm always willing to try another great pancake recipe. Next weekend I have my kids, I think I'll give it a try.


Mz Mami May 4, 2009 at 6:20 pm

yummy thanks the recipe!


jen_k_ May 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I trust you on the divine part. I need some divine today. I'm off to grease the griddle…


Oakland Mama May 18, 2009 at 3:01 am

When I read this recipe a few weeks back, I was intrigued and skeptical. But this morning I happened to have most of the ingredients on hand, and two children hankering for pancakes so I gave it a whirl! HOLY COW those were some good pancakes. Thanks MSM for a great recipe, it will quickly become our standard sunday morning fare, I expect.


Alicia June 14, 2009 at 2:45 pm

So, I finally got around to making these this morning. I’d have to agree that they are the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted! Thanks for the recipe.


BloggoramaMama July 11, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Oooooh, that sounds awesome! I'm gonna have to cook some with my girls & see what they think. Thanks for sharing.


temporary internet miami May 8, 2011 at 6:57 pm

oh my gos I love pancakes but I have never heard of pancakes made with Cheese… and I’m a big fan of cheese so this is a great idea for me


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