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Strawberry Coulis Infused Pancakes

    Strawberry Coulis Infused Pancakes
    Strawberry Coulis Infused Pancakes (Dairy Free)

    These might look like buckwheat pancakes, but the color comes from the strawberry coulis that is in the batter, not from buckwheat flour.

    With strawberries still in season and on sale here in California, I couldn’t resist trying something new and a little decadent with them. I’ve been thinking about putting the strawberry goodness right into the pancake rather than just spreading jam or syrup on top. The result? A bright, light pancake with lots of flavor. The strawberry coulis replaces the milk which makes for an interesting twist. Also, instead of baking powder, this version uses the acid from the orange juice mixed with baking soda to get the fluffy rise needed for a good pancake. Also, in this rendition, the eggs are separated. The whites get whipped up into a wet froth and folded into the batter at the end. This helps make the batter smooth and shapely as it goes into the pan and gives a light, bubbly texture to the finished pancake.

    Batter with the egg whites folded in
    Batter with the egg whites folded in

    Strawberry-Coulis Infused Pancakes
    Serves 2

    Strawberry Coulis

    7 large strawberries (CA large), sliced in half
    Juice of one small orange
    1 tsp orange zest (optional) – gives pancake a little bite
    2 Tbsp confectioner’s (powdered) sugar

    Purée all ingredients in a blender and push through a sieve (to remove the strawberry seeds). This makes almost one cup of coulis – enough to put coulis in the pancakes and pour some on top. Set aside 1/2 cup for the recipe and chill the rest.


    1/2 cup strawberry coulis (see above)
    2 eggs, separated
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    1 tsp salt
    1 1/2 tsp baking soda


    1. Start heating your pan under medium heat. Having the pan fully and evenly heated helps make even the first pancake come out just right. Beat the egg yolks with the strawberry coulis and set aside. Mix all of the dry ingredients.

    2. Beat the egg whites rapidly with a whisk until the are stiff, but not so stiff that they would stay in the bowl if you inverted it. It takes about 2 minutes of serious whisking.

    3. Stir together the dry ingredients and the coulis/egg mixture until completely combined, but not overly mixed. Fold in the egg whites. Again, don’t over mix. You just want to get the egg whites incorporated.

    4. Drop a dollop of butter into the pan and allow it to melt, but not brown. Drop one ladle full of batter into the pan. Allow to cook until edges appear less shiny and bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes or so. Transfer to a warm plate. If not eating immediately, keep in an oven heated to 250˚F. Garnish with fresh strawberries and serve with additional strawberry coulis.

    CA strawberries are in season
    CA strawberries are in season

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      8 replies on “Strawberry Coulis Infused Pancakes”

      I love strawberries and this recipe rocks. I can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend for brunch. What the heck, I might even make this tonight as a dessert. Thanks for sharing

      These did not work out for me. They were very salty and inedible. Might try again with less salt but I’m afraid to waste more strawberry coulis. Also, salt aside, I felt the strawberry flavor got lost and better off just making regular pancakes and then putting the coulis on top.

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