Elisabeth Prueitt always mixes ground flax into her pancake batter. “I’ve never felt great about the low nutritional value of pancakes—it’s like eating cake for breakfast—but the flax adds fiber, omega-3s and minerals,” she says.
Guests at the Ace Hotel can order April Bloomfield’s pancakes in their rooms or at her restaurant, The Breslin. While the pancakes are delicious on their own, they’re exquisite with the soft ricotta topping, crunchy sliced almonds and ingeniously vibrant (and neon-bright) orange syrup.
Every morning, cafés in Marrakech serve these crêpes, called begrhir, drizzled with honey or spread with apricot jam. Cooking the crêpes on only one side leaves a lacy network of tiny holes, perfect for catching the sweet toppings; the fine semolina provides a lovely sandy texture.
"These are the best pancakes you will ever have," Alex Stupak says. They're light, fluffy and full of corn flavor from the masa harina (corn flour). The recipe is from his wife, Lauren Resler, the pastry chef at the Empellon restaurants.
For brunch chef Adam Schop sprinkles shredded coconut onto his pancake batter; when the pancakes cook on the griddle, the coconut gets nicely toasted. The finished pancakes get a layer of extra coconut before serving.