Cottage Pancakes Recipe

A few of you asked about the cottage cheese pancakes I mentioned a few posts back. Here you go. Plus a look at some of the vintage photos I've picked up at flea markets and antique shops over the years.

Cottage Pancakes

I was cleaning out the desk drawers in my office the other day, and came across my collection of vintage photographs. They're pictures I've picked up (a couple here, a couple there) at yard sales and flea markets. A dollar for this one, two for that. I thought you might enjoy seeing a few of them. Additionally, a number of you were curious about the cottage cheese pancakes I mentioned (in passing) a couple posts back. They're pretty great, and a nice alternative to pancakes that are predominately flour-based. So, between the pictures and the pancakes, I hope you'll find something to your liking in this post...

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Pictures first? I'll start by saying, there isn't much rhyme or reason to the photos I choose to buy. I have to like something about the image, and that's about it. Sometimes it's the expression of the person in the photo, or maybe it's the way they're looking into the camera. The pattern of a dress, the look of a sky forty years ago, the way a table is set - all things that have caught my attention at one point or another. Sometimes I'll pin a picture to an inspiration board, or temporarily place a selected shot in a notebook. It sort of depends on what I'm working on (or thinking about). Sometimes they just live in my office drawer. Flip the photos, and I often find handwritten notes sketched on the backs - names, dates, far-flung places.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

The two shots (directly above), I have a special fondness for. The first was printed in June, 1959. Clouds from the window of an airplane. It is printed on matte paper, and you see just a bit of the metallic wing. With the image to the right, it was the expression of the main subject that caught my attention, set against the dramatic alpine backdrop. The back of the photo notes, "Kay & Carlisle, Switzerland." And above those, two Kodacolor prints date 1965 from what I suspect was a vacation to Acapulco.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

I choose landscapes, and sometimes interiors, and also portraits. The little girl with the big orange bow and floral dress might be my favorite find. It is July, 1966 and she is watching the airplanes at the San Diego Airport in California. The sky is clear, and she is seated high on a cinder block wall. The image below her is a mystery to me. I'm unsure when, or where, it was taken. Although, it seems to have been cut from a paper scrapbook (something I see a lot of). Let me know if you like this sort of thing, I'm happy to share more found photos at some point, if you're interested.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Now, here's the thing with the pancakes. I'm going to share a version I make that incorporates minced cauliflower. I think of this as "the white version". That said, you can take these in a completely different direction if you like. I just typically work something with added texture, flavor, and nutritional oomph to the base batter. If it's not cauliflower - chopped spinach, blanched/chopped nettles, broccoli, dill - it's hard to go wrong. And it's fun to experiment.

Cottage Cheese Pancakes

I kept the recipe straight-forward here, but you can also do blini-sized versions of these. They're great topped with the dill butter from Super Natural Every Day. Seriously, blank canvas. Have fun with them.

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Cottage Pancakes

To those of you who aren't cauliflower fans, yes, you can absolutely leave out the cauliflower. Or swap in an comparable amount of any the following: blanched nettles, broccoli, or spinach. With the spinach or nettles - blanch quickly in salted boiling water, drain well, and chop (nearly) into a paste.

1 cup /  7 oz / 200g cottage cheese
3/4 cup / 180 ml milk
4 room temperature eggs, separated
1 cup / 4 oz / 115g raw (or quickly blanched) cauliflower, chopped into rice-sized bits

1/2 cup / 75 g whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup / 75 g all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
scant 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

butter, for cooking

In a large bowl mix the cottage cheese, milk, and egg yolks until smooth. Stir in the cauliflower.

In a separate (clean) bowl, beat the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks.

Sift the flours, baking powder, and salt into another bowl. Add the flours to the cottage cheese mixture, and stir until just barely(!) combined. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter with a spatula.

To cook, warm a griddle or pan over medium heat, melt a bit of butter in it, then spoon a little scoop (say, ~3 tablespoons) of batter into the pan for each pancake, working in batches. You want to cook these relatively slowly, until each pancake is deeply golden on one side. Flip each pancake, and wait until the other side is golden, and the pancake is cooked through. Continue until you've worked through all the batter. You can keep cooked pancakes in a 225F oven until you finish, to keep them warm. They're great simply with a pat of butter and a sprinkling of salt. Or, if you want to get a bit fancy, whip up a bit of harissa, saffron or pesto-swirled salted yogurt.

Makes ~1 1/2 dozen medium pancakes.

Prep time: 10 minutes - Cook time: 15 minutes

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Oh! Delicious! And I can make them in my Thai kitchen, though I might have to also make my own cottage cheese. Beautiful photos, too.


Pancakes that are healthy. A dream come true. Love love love it.

Skye from Skye Loves...

I've been experimenting with savory ricotta and cottage cheese pancakes lately as well! A version with roasted winter squash and sage has been making frequent appearances. I was trying to make a muffin out of it originally but found that the cheese would stick and I'd lose half my muffin to the tins or liners, so I gave up on muffins and switched to pancakes. Thanks for sharing this version!


I love the sweet-breakfast pancakes but I've never tasted a salty version of them. I've just some cottage cheese in the fridge. I'll try this recipe! thanks! :) best regards from Italy Irma


I have to try out those pancakes but I might use spinach instead of cauliflower as you suggested! Thanks you for this fantastic recipe

Mike @TheIronYou

I love all the photos you showed in this post; so vintagey and cozy and lovely. And the stack of pancakes looks..perfect! My grandma used to put cottage cheese in her recipe and she made the best pancakes.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

I have a feeling that my dad will love this, thanks! I really like your sweet collection of vintage photographs!


The cottage cheese doesn't surprise me, but the cauliflower does! That's a unique ingredient, but I'm sure it's delicious. I love when sweet meets savory.


Heidi, sorry to post about this in the wrong place, but comments are closed on your 2009 recipe for Wheat Berry Breakfast Bowl. I was surfing for wheat berry inspiration when I noticed your recipe is posted on the earthlychoice brand website without a credit. Hmm...

Annie Hollywood

These look yummy! Could you tell me where your beautiful dishes are from? Or do you have a list of sources for your pots, pans, and china/ceramics.


I'm too distracted with how GORGEOUS the light is in your kitchen. DANG. Ok now i'm gonna go look at the pancakes. *yum*


I never thought of putting cottage cheese into the pancakes! 35 years ago, I used to make oatmeal pancakes for my sons, topped with cottage cheese and grated apple. A substantial meal for growing boys.


I make cottage cheese pancakes with grated apples. The cauliflower sounds delicious, and would be great for dinner pancakes. I have cauliflower but not cottage cheese right now. I might have to make a trip to the store tomorrow.


I can't really think of anything that wouldn't be delicious with that dill butter. I recently had to buy dead-of-winter dill to make it because I couldn't face waiting until summer to have it again. These pancakes look like another great excuse to whip up a batch.


yum, so pretty!


The pancakes sound great. I have both cottage cheese and cauliflower in the fridge, so sounds perfect for this weekend. So interesting to glimpse into another age with the pictures... feels oddly intimate...

charlotte au chocolat

Yes, I get a kick out of seeing old photos. The pancakes look great too.


I love cottage cheese pancakes but never make them at home. Looking forward to trying this recipe this weekend!


I've never heard of adding chopped cauliflower to a pancake batter... and only rarely have I heard of cottage cheese pancakes. These sound delicious though! Next time I make pancakes I'm trying out this type of version.


There's something other worldly about vintage photos.....a time and place far away. They are beautiful. These pancakes sound great without so much flour as plain ones. I've made somthing similar with ricotta cheese and they are divine.

Anna @ the shady pine

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