Pancakes with maple-syrup pears and spiced ricotta

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 6 people

  • 250 ml (1 cup) maple syrup
  • Thinly peeled rind and juice of 1 lemon and 1 orange
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 3 firm ripe pears, such as William, quartered and cored
  • 1 quantity pancakes
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  • Spiced ricotta
  • 400 gm ricotta
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) maple syrup
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
01   Combine maple syrup, rind, juice, vanilla bean and seeds in a large deep-sided frying pan and bring to the simmer over medium heat. Add pear and cook, turning pear occasionally, until tender, glazed and syrupy (10-12 minutes). Keep warm.
02   Meanwhile, for spiced ricotta, process ingredients in a food processor until smooth and combined. Serve dolloped on top of pancakes with maple-syrup pears.
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