How Make an Insanely Good Pancake Breakfast Bar

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Here’s how to make the perfect pancake breakfast bar to feed a crowd.

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Here is how to make an insanely good pancake bar to feed a crowd.

Now that spring is here, many of us are celebrating holidays again. Spring also brings the arrival of baby showers, bridal showers, engagement parties, and more.

Pancake breakfast bars are also a great way to feed a crowd when you have visitors during the fall and winter holidays. There are few things that are more cozy than eating pancakes on a cold winter morning.

If you’re looking for some ideas on how to host brunch for family and friends, then we’ve got you covered with tips on how to plan a menu, what foods to serve, and how to decorate.

A pancake bar is the perfect breakfast or brunch solution for:

  • Baby Showers
  • Birthday Parties
  • Bridal Showers
  • Christmas Brunch
  • Easter Brunch
  • Engagement Parties
  • Other Holiday Brunch Meals
  • Sleepover Parties
  • Thanksgiving Brunch
  • … and more!

Here is how to make a pancake bar, an easy way to make and serve pancakes for a crowd. The post includes some of our best serving ideas for pancakes and ideas on what to pair with pancakes to make the best pancake bar.

If you need a delicious homemade pancakes recipe, click here for tips on how to make old fashioned buttermilk pancakes, along with a printable recipe.

How to Make Pancakes for a Crowd

You may already have a favorite pancake recipe that you like to use, but if you don’t, here are some tips on how to make the best pancakes.

You could also use your favorite store bought pancake mix to make pancakes. This can be a good choice if you’re looking to make pancakes that are consistent in flavor without too many complicated steps to follow.

Make enough pancakes for each guest to have about 3 to 4 regular sized pancakes (about 4 inches wide each). If making silver dollar pancakes (about 2 inches wide each), then make enough pancakes for each guest to have about 6 to 8 pancakes.

Buy enough ingredients to make extra pancakes, in case you need more. If you end up having more pancakes than you need, then pancakes can be cooled and frozen for up to a month.

Using an electric griddle to make pancakes makes it easier to make many pancakes at once. Use a good spatula to make it easy to flip the pancakes, so that they cook evenly on both sides.

This type of spatula is great for flipping pancakes as they cook and also for serving pancakes once they are cooked.

Another good way to make pancakes for a crowd is to make baked pancakes. Using this method, pancakes are baked in the oven using a large baking pan or tray.

The baked pancakes are cut into squares to serve. You could also use cookie cutters to cut the pancakes into fun shapes.

It’s a good idea to serve a neutrally flavored pancake that makes it easy for people to choose their favorite flavors to top the pancakes.

Buttermilk pancakes are a great neutral choice for serving at a pancake breakfast bar, where people choose their own toppings for their pancakes.

Chocolate pancakes are also a good choice for a pancake bar, as are blueberry pancakes and applesauce pancakes.

Other types of pancakes include banana pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes, peanut butter pancakes, and pumpkin pancakes.

Gingerbread pancakes and eggnog pancakes are perfect for Christmas, while pumpkin spice pancakes are perfect for fall.

Lemon ricotta pancakes combine the best flavors of spring, while coconut flavored pancakes bring forth the taste of summer and time spent on a tropical beach.

If you’re celebrating a birthday or other special occasion, then confetti pancakes made with candy sprinkles mixed into the batter are a fun choice. Use food coloring to dye whipped cream red, pink, blue, yellow, or green to match the colors of the candy sprinkles.

How to Keep Pancakes Warm

After putting all that effort into making pancakes, you’ll want to have a way to keep them warm for your guests.

Here is one way to help keep pancakes warm and chewy: store them in a slow cooker that is set to a warm setting that is meant to keep food warm rather than cooking it.

First, place a few tablespoons of water in the slow cooker, then place a small baking rack in the slow cooker (take care not to scratch the nonstick surface of the slow cooker with the rack). Stack the pancakes on top of the rack, keeping them out of the water.

Place the slow cooker on the table or counter where you plan to set up your pancake bar, then arrange your favorite pancake toppings around it.

When it’s time to serve the pancakes, transfer them to a large serving platter.

You can also use a buffet server or food warmer to help keep pancakes warm. In any case, be sure to let guests know that the equipment that is keeping the pancakes warm may be hot to the touch.

The Best Pancake Toppings

One of the best parts about setting up a pancake bar is choosing what toppings to serve with the pancakes.

Here is a list of popular pancake toppings:

  • Butter
  • Whipped Cream
  • Blueberry Syrup
  • Strawberry Syrup
  • Maple Syrup
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Sorghum
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Bananas, peeled and sliced
  • Crushed Pineapple
  • Fresh Strawberries, cored and sliced
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Kiwi Fruit, peeled and sliced
  • Fruit Compote or Jam
  • Apple Butter
  • Pumpkin Butter
  • Almond Butter
  • Cashew Butter
  • Peanut Butter
  • Sunflower Seed Butter
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Coconut, shredded and flaked
  • Peanut Butter Baking Chips
  • White Chocolate Baking Chips
  • Cooked Crumbled Bacon

Choose a few items from the list that you think your family and friends will enjoy. Put each ingredient in its own separate bowl to serve.

Make sure to have plenty of serving spoons and tongs available for scooping up toppings to add them to the pancakes.

Be sure to wash and dry fresh fruit before preparing them to serve at the pancake bar. A colander makes it easy to rinse and dry fresh produce.

Setting Up the Pancake Bar

Pick a place to set up your pancake bar. A sturdy dining table or side bar / buffet table can be good places to set up a pancake bar.

Cover the table with a tablecloth or runner to decorate according to the occasion that your celebrating.

Place the pancakes on a platter, surrounded by bowls of toppings that you wish to serve.

A pancake bar can be a standalone option for breakfast or brunch, but you can take things to the next level by serving other breakfast foods and beverages with the pancakes.

What to Serve with Pancakes

Pancakes are often better when served side dishes, just like any other main course. Here are some ideas about what breakfast side dishes to serve with pancakes. These tasty things that go with pancakes will take your pancake bar spread over the top.

  • Apples
  • Clementines or Mandarin Oranges
  • Boiled Eggs
  • Egg Muffins
  • Mini Frittatas
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Hash Browns
  • Cooked Bacon or Sausage
  • Granola
  • Fruit Salad
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Orange Juice
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Juice
  • Water

Set out plates, bowls, cups, napkins, flatware, and other items that you’ll need to serve and enjoy the food.

The Best Buttermilk Pancakes for a Pancake Breakfast Bar

Now that you have some ideas on how to make a pancake breakfast bar, it’s time to find a delicious and easy pancake recipe to use for making pancakes. Here is a recipe for old fashioned buttermilk pancakes that are tender and fluffy, and make a perfect pancake to use for your pancake bar. These pancakes are perfect for eating plain or for adding toppings to, and your family and friends are sure to love having a freshly made pancake that tastes this good.

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