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Old 07-04-2013, 08:51 AM   #51
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Steve's post made me wonder how all of you pancake chefs handle feeding a crowd.

When I make pancakes it is normally for one or two people at a time as they wake up and stagger into the kitchen.

I just stand at the stove for an hour or so and flip until they stop begging and whining.

I have always been afraid to make them ahead for fear they would get cold or sweat and become soggy.

How do you handle it?
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:49 AM   #52
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Steve's post made me wonder how all of you pancake chefs handle feeding a crowd.

When I make pancakes it is normally for one or two people at a time as they wake up and stagger into the kitchen.

I just stand at the stove for an hour or so and flip until they stop begging and whining.

I have always been afraid to make them ahead for fear they would get cold or sweat and become soggy.

How do you handle it?
Every year I participate in a pancake breakfast at what used to be our church in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. We serve between 50 and 100 people. Three of us cook. I make the batter, we have three electric griddles, and to more on a stove top. I make 5 pancakes at a time on each of my griddles (it can be tricky flipping them as they are very close together. it's all in the wrist). So I have 10 pancakes cooking at a time, and often help the other two cooks keep pancakes going on their griddles. We stack them into large hotel pans, and place those into a steam table, covered. They don't stick together, or become soggy. They are still very good. I personally think they are better when served fresh from the griddle, but with so many people, that's nearly impossible. The sausages and bacon are also pre-cooked in the oven, and are in hotel pans in the steam table.

When cooking for a get together, I make four at a time on my stove-top griddle, and people just have to wait. As pancakes cook so fast, it doesn't take long before 6 to 8 people are served up with 3 pancakes apiece.

I'll be cooking up the pancakes for 6 people on Saturday. But since there are 5 recipes, they'll each be getting 1 or two pancakes of each variety, with a couple strips of bacon, and a patty or two of breakfast sausage. Butter and Syrup will be served with each kind of pancake to elliminate that from determining the final outcome. I'm predicting that the Dutch Babies will score well, as most of the people I'll be serving have never had them. They will either love them, or not. Me, I love them, but also have had each kind often enough that I should be able to be objective when judging. And I promise to judge fairly. Everyone else will be participating in a blind taste test, not knowing whose recipe they are tasting.

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Old 07-04-2013, 11:38 AM   #53
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Hmm, I have 2 cowboys and one cowgirl roped into breakfast Saturday. And that includes myself. I laid in a new supply of maple syrup and a pound of bacon to go with.

I am lucky enough to have a larger double burner size CI griddle along with my round one. Not sure what I want to cook the Dutch Babies in yet.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:40 PM   #54
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I usually just cook for me and him. I make his, then while he obsessively butters his (he likes to evenly distribute the butter over the entire surface lol) I make mine. Haven't cooked them for a crowd in a long time.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:49 PM   #55
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Steve's post made me wonder how all of you pancake chefs handle feeding a crowd.

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How do you handle it?
My wife and I usually host a couple of large parties every year. The most we've entertained for was at our daughter's graduation. That was just over a hundred people. I probably wouldn't do that again, as it was constant running and I didn't get much opportunity to talk to folks. Most of our big parties are no more than 25-30 guests. I find that it's always better to serve things you can cook in advance and reheat.

Now on to pancakes.

I made up all the batter this morning at 5am, so it was ready to go. To keep things on somewhat even ground, I didn't add any blueberries or other optional items (I did add the lemon zest that Whiska's recipe called for, though, since it was really part of the recipe). I wanted the cakes to speak for themselves without anything distracting from the flavor.

We have two electric griddles. One was manned by myself and the other by my daughter. To keep things fair, we each cooked some of everyone's recipe. My wife cooked up the bacon and breakfast sausages on the stove.

I had to make up Alix's baked Dutch Babies in advance because we needed the oven to keep the other cakes warm. As cakes were coming off the griddles, we just put them on plates in the 180F oven with towels over the top.

Below is a photo of our staging area. We ended up with 11 voters. I abstained from voting myself. I figured we had enough judges that they didn't need my vote. The rules for judging were as follows: everyone had to take at least one taste of each cake without any toppings. After that they could add whatever topping they wanted (we had butter, maple syrup, blueberry preserves, strawberry preserves, sugar, and cinnamon). Then they rated them in order from 1 to 5. The final tally will be forwarded on to the mods shortly.

I'll also add that there were no slouches. Every single recipe got at least one vote.

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Old 07-04-2013, 01:06 PM   #56
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I have an hour and a half until a dozen hungry neighbors show up for breakfast, so I am flappin' and flippin' right now. Photos will be posted a little later.

By the way, I think it might be good to send our votes via PM to the mods, so they can post the results on 7/8 or whenever. Early posting of results might skew the vote otherwise.

Just my couple cents.
That is perfectly acceptable, PM them to me as Dawg is out gallivanting around the country this week.
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:08 PM   #57
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I have a spreadsheet for judging the pancakes. I will have 5 guests, and I won't be voting. None of the people picked as judges have eaten my pancakes, and so there will be no chance for them picking mine because they are used to them. The pancakes will be blind judged, with numbers assigned to each. Like Steve, they will be asked to taste the pancakes with no toppings, and then with the same topping on each, then fill out the judgment form. That will be sent in Saturday. I'm attaching the form, in case anyone else wants to use it. I tried to attach an Excell Spreadsheet file, but didn't know how. The following is the way it looks, without the spreadsheet grid lines. Use it if you want, but you'll have to make your own spreadsheet.

Pancakes will be rated on the following scoring categories, with 10 availabel points for each category: Taste: Is the flavor? Score 1 to 10, with 1 being bad, and 10 being the best.


Texture: Concentrate on how they feel, how they chew. Are they tender, or even too tender? Are they dry, moist, rubbery, light, heavy? Score 1 to 10 Aroma: Does the aroma make you hungry? Does it enhance the pancake eating experience? Score 1 to 10
Visual Appeal: Are they appetizing to look at? Score 1 to 10




Versatility: Will the pancakes go with different toppings, or various side dishes? Think whipped cream, syrups, fruit slices, cheese, bacon, ham, sausage. Etc? Score 1 to 10
















Please take a bite of the pancake with no toppings. Evaluate the product on its own merit. Then, top it with syrup and have another bite. Judge accordingly.




























Column1 Column2 Column3 Column4 Column5 Column6 Column7 Column8 Column9 Column10 Pancake 1 Pancake 2 Pancake 3 Pancake 4 Pancake 5 Taste Texture Aroma Visual Appeal Versatiltiy









Total 0
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:17 PM   #58
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Oh, that didn't work at all. Here's how it's supposed to be laid out:

Top of column B = Pancake 1. I then place Pancake 2 in column D, then Pancake 3 in column F, and so on.

The rows are labeled with the following categories from top to bottom - Taste, Texture, Aroma, Visual Appeal, and Versatility.

There are ten points possible for each category, with the sums auto calculated at the bottom of each column. I'll email the spreadsheet in on Saturday, to PF, unless someone can tell me how to attach the file to a post.

Good luck to everyone. And i won't add fresh, wild blueberries to my own recipe, as we have the best blueberries on the continent, and that just wouldn't be fair to the rest of you. And if it isn't fair, then it's just not worth doing.

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Old 07-05-2013, 10:53 PM   #59
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Oh, that didn't work at all. Here's how it's supposed to be laid out:

Top of column B = Pancake 1. I then place Pancake 2 in column D, then Pancake 3 in column F, and so on.

The rows are labeled with the following categories from top to bottom - Taste, Texture, Aroma, Visual Appeal, and Versatility.

There are ten points possible for each category, with the sums auto calculated at the bottom of each column. I'll email the spreadsheet in on Saturday, to PF, unless someone can tell me how to attach the file to a post.

Good luck to everyone. And i won't add fresh, wild blueberries to my own recipe, as we have the best blueberries on the continent, and that just wouldn't be fair to the rest of you. And if it isn't fair, then it's just not worth doing.

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