Cooks at La Note in Berkeley, California, swirl a little of the jamlike coulis on top of the pancakes. You can make the coulis up to 1 week ahead; chill airtight. Also offer butter and syrup with the pancakes.
This is our adaptation of Crest Cafe's (San Diego, California) lemon-ricotta pancakes, which are served with fresh strawberries and bananas. Top the bananas with a sprinkling of grated lemon peel and offer warm maple syrup to drizzle over the fruit and cakes.
In many ways, making pancakes couldn't be simpler – at their most basic level, they consist only of flour, leavening, eggs, liquid (most often in the form of milk or buttermilk), and sometimes melted butter or oil.
But there are a few simple techniques that ensure turning out a perfect pancake every time.