During Stampede at Sorrenti's Catering serve up over 10,000 pancakes!  It is a tradition during Stampede to attend as many Stampede breakfasts as possible.  Companies host them, radio stations, Stampede volunteers and even shopping malls are cooking up Stampede breakfasts.  They are all free to attend.  If you wanted, you could eat pancakes for 10 days straight without spending a penny.

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If you wanted to host your own breakfast, 
here is a shopping list to feed 100 of your closest friends.

1  100 cup Coffee urn to brew the morning Coffee
1  100 cup thermal container to keep it warm
1  100 cup container to keep the orange juice chilled
3  8' tables with red & white checked plastic table cloths
2  20 x 30" pancake griddles c/w propane
2  Pancake flippers
2  Sets of tongs
1  Pancake dispenser or dauber
1  Large batter pail
1  Batter paddle for stirring
1  Plastic pitcher
100  Disposable plates, plastic forks, knives & napkins
2  Large foil pans for keeping sausages & pancakes warm 
1  Chafing dish with fuel (for the sausages, keep the pancakes warm on the griddle)
1  Pound of Coffee (regular grind)
1  Pound of Sugar
1  Bag of Creamers (10%)
2  Lbs of Butter
6  Litres of Syrup
5  Litres of concentrated Orange Juice (or 4 packages of drink crystals)
20  Lbs of Breakfast Sausages

In your batter pail, mix the following;
40  Cups of flour
1 1/4  Cups of baking powder
1/4  Cup salt
5   Cups Sugar
40  Eggs
2 1/2  Cups Vegetable OIl
32  Cups of Milk

More on the Pancake

I have no cute stories of an army marching across Europe noshing on a pancake but the pancake is one of our oldest forms of bread.  It comes in many different variations and names.  Pancakes in one form or another have been served for breakfast, lunch, dinner appetizers and even desserts.  The French call theme "Crepes", the Russians have their "Blinis" and even in North America we call them not just pancakes, but "Hotcakes", "Griddlecakes" and my favourite "Flapjacks".

Pancakes have been traditionally served on Shrove Tuesday to celebrate renewal and family life.  A pancake and a hope for good fortune are an age old custom.  In France, it is customary to hold the handle of the frying pan, a coin in the other hand and while turning the pancake, make a wish.  (Use a pot holder for the handle!)

Fun Pancake Recipes

TexMex Breakfast Pancakes

2  Cups Corn Flour
3 Tsp Baking powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Sugar
2 Eggs
2 Tbsp Oil
1 3/4 Cup Buttermilk
6 Strips Crisp Bacon chopped
1/2 Cup grated Cheddar
2 Tsp Jalapeno peppers diced

Mix together in a bowl the flour, baking powder, salt & sugar.  Stir in the eggs, buttermilk & oil until smooth.  Stir in bacon, cheese & peppers.  Ladle onto a hot griddle.  These are great served plain or try them with some of your favourite salsa sauce!


Chocolate Espresso Pancakes

2 Cups flour
3 Tsp Baking powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
3 Tbsp Oil
1 1/4 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Espresso Coffee*
1 Oz. melted dark Chocolate

Mix your dry ingredients and add your liquid (except the chocolate & espresso, mix these together).  Mix until smooth.  When your mix has settled, take your chocolate & espresso mix and swirl it into the batter.  Marble the mixture (don't mix).  Ladle onto a hot griddle.  This pancake is great with regular syrup.
* Next time you are at your favourite coffee house, take an espresso to go.  Drink half and save the rest!