Host a Profitable Pancake Fundraiser

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What’s not to love about a pancake fundraiser? It’s filled with warm flapjacks drenched in maple syrup, chilled glasses of sweet orange juice and people gathered to support a worthy cause. From small nonprofits to large community organizations, pancake breakfast fundraisers raise both money and awareness. They bring together individuals and the community, shine a spotlight on a need and give people an opportunity to dig into giving back.

On the flip side, for those running the event, the day can get hot, sticky and stressful. Too many people can be both a blessing and a curse. The last thing you want is to cook up bad PR because your team was rushed, stressed and underprepared. Here are some tips to ensure both you and your guests enjoy a fantastic breakfast fundraiser.

Pick a Date

Make sure the date for your flapjack fundraiser doesn’t conflict with any events that also appeal to your target audience. Try to avoid scheduling the fundraiser on the same day as local school or church events, along with any fairs and festivals.

Choose the Room

Find an ideal location by considering both your needs and your guests’ needs. You’ll want a spacious location with a full kitchen, ideally donated for your cause. Church basements and school cafeterias are great places to start looking.

Advertise the Event

Create flyers to hang up in local coffee shops, restaurants, churches, community centers and grocery stores. Be sure that all promotional materials highlight the cause it will support! Submit the details to calendars on television and radio station websites, as well as newspapers. Connect with local media personalities for pre-event interviews, which not only highlights your event, but your organization’s mission, too.

Continuous Serving vs. Reservations

Decide among your team which system works best for your audience and location. Continuous serving allows people to come in whenever they want, right off the street even, to enjoy a hot plate of fresh pancakes. However, you’ll need manpower for constant cooking and cleanup, along with extra ingredients to feed the masses. Reservations allow you to break up the serving into chunks, with breaks in between for cleanup and trips to the store, if needed. However, this style is more structured and may ward off those last minute noshers. Either way, consider selling tickets ahead of time so that you can get a ballpark headcount to prevent any last minute headaches.

Click here for ticket inspiration, and then create your own!

Don’t forget the main ingredient!

With all this planning and preparation, don’t forget the main ingredient – the pancakes! You’ll want a perfect recipe, one simple enough to feed everyone, but unique enough to make your event so memorable that people will beg for it year after year. Try one (or all) of these delectable pancake recipes for your next flapjack fundraiser:

  • Orange Blossom Pancakes: Vanilla and orange combine to transform your ordinary pancake into an extraordinary breakfast. Cooking the batter till the edges are slightly crispy and light brown makes the flavor all the better.
  • Pistachio Orange Pancakes: The secret to deliciousness? Substitute milk with orange juice! The subtle saltiness and crunch of the chopped up pistachios add texture and flavor – as well as additional protein!
  • Blueberry Pancakes: Go for something simple but delicious with this long-time family favorite. Tart blueberries and the light, spongy texture taste even better when slathered with butter and topped with maple syrup.

Pancake breakfast fundraisers are a wonderful way to make people excited to support a worthy cause. And feeding their appetite for pancakes will no doubt fuel their passion for your organization.

Check out more sweet and savory pancake recipes here!

Cooking with Coffee

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Think coffee only belongs in a cup? Think again! The bold, robust flavor of coffee adds another dimension to a variety of dishes, all the way from dinner to dessert. The bitterness of a dark roast is just as perfect in tiramisu as it is on an Angus steak. In fact, the earthy flavor of coffee is an ideal companion in any recipe ripe for a sweet, nutty or bold taste.

Don’t worry; using coffee doesn’t turn your dish into a cappuccino. Partnered with the right ingredients, coffee blends in to bring out natural, robust flavors. Ready to round out your recipe box with some new ideas? Let coffee transform your kitchen and your table.

In Desserts

Using coffee in desserts, especially chocolate, balances the sweet and the savory. A half-cup of coffee adds nice depth to banana bread. Espresso powder is also a commonly-used ingredient to intensify flavor in chocolate baked goods, and you can find it in many grocery stores. Espresso powder newbie? Try it in this Chocolate Chip Cake with Coffee Whipped Cream.

If you really want to impress your guests, whip up this simple coffee liqueur icing to top off cakes, brownies and even sweet rolls. Here’s what you’ll need:

Coffee Liqueur Icing:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coffee liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Use a stand mixer or hand mixer on medium speed to combine all ingredients until the icing is smooth and uniform in texture. To keep it fresh, place a piece of plastic wrap on the surface of the icing until it’s ready to use.

As a Marinade

Coffee tenderizes meat as it enhances the flavor. When pairing the bold, earthy undertones of a dark roast with a steak or brisket, the entire meal explodes with a flavor. Try this coffee-balsamic marinade the next time you grill out. As a rule, meats should soak up a marinade for several hours to several days.

As a Rub

Bring out the smoky flavor in your main course by rubbing down your steak or chicken with a blend featuring robust coffee, like Rex Coffee’s Brazil Dark. A lighter roast is better suited for a lamb or duck you intend to slow roast for hours. If you’re throwing a chop or a tenderloin on the grill, coffee can liven up your traditional rub, or even your BBQ sauce.

Viewing coffee as an ingredient, instead of just a morning pick-me-up, can change your entire view of your kitchen. When it comes to being creative with coffee, the possibilities are endless. Clabber Girl’s Rex Roasting Company brews multiple delicious blends, from our fabulous Original Roast to our amped-up Double XX. Whether you’re pouring it into a cup or over a roast, cooking with coffee is sure to energize your palate.

Fall’s Favorite Fruit: Apples!

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Autumn is Mother Nature’s last burst of vibrant beauty before falling asleep for the long, cold winter. In autumn, the trees morph from green into hues of deep red, yellow and orange, while the heat of the summer is blown away by crisp breezes and ripening sunsets. Fall is the season of harvest, a time to enjoy the fruits of our labors, especially when one of those fruits is a popular autumn treat — apples.

Warm Up with Apple Dishes that Remind You of Home.

From gooey apple pies to savory cobblers, even just the smell of a baking apple is enough to warm the skin on chilly nights. While our tried and true favorites are cornerstones of autumn traditions, let this fall be your opportunity to explore a little and put some extra spice into your apple recipes:

  • Move over blueberries and bananas! These warm and moist Apple Streusel Muffins will re-energize your morning commute.
  • Green Granny Smiths make these Apple Cream Cheese Scones an irresistible treat for breakfast or dessert. The richness of the cream cheese with warm vanilla notes blend perfectly with the tartness of the apples.
  • Time to bring out the main course! Apples add juiciness, flavor and a punch of color to this Apple Roast Chicken.
  • Missing the fair or harvest festivals? Try our Apple Dumpling Deluxe for a warm taste that pairs well with vanilla ice cream.

Think Outside the Pie – Use Apples for Welcoming Décor!

While there are hundreds of ways to bring them into every meal, apples aren’t just for the taste buds. This versatile fruit can be used as both snacks and centerpieces. Eat one apple yourself, then make one of these unique crafts with the other:

  • Using different colored ink, you can create beautiful artwork using halved apples as stamps.
  • Give your fall backyard BBQ a pop of color with floating tea light candleholders made from cored apples.
  • Craft a one-of-a-kind welcoming wreath to hang on your front door with various fall icons, including dried apples.
  • Sip steamy apple cider from a hollowed out bright red apple cup. Soup in a bread bowl has nothing on this combination!

Whether in the kitchen or on the craft table, fall’s favorite fruit has something for everyone. So remember, when life hands you apples, you can make, well, just about anything!

How to Infuse Maple Syrup

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Few things are as satisfying as made-from-scratch breakfasts on weekend mornings. A sizzling griddle, the smell of coffee enveloping the kitchen, shamelessly wearing pajamas until noon – what’s not to love? Whether your go-to breakfast is pancakes, waffles, or some sweet, magical hybrid (Handle the Heat combines waffles and doughnuts!), the common ground is passing the maple syrup around the table.

We know it and love it as a sweet and pourable pancake topper, but have you considered getting out the maple syrup bottle past 10 am? The syrup is a surprisingly versatile ingredient, lending itself well to sweet pastries (like these smoked bacon biscuits!), as well as savory main dishes.

We recently caught up with Tim Burton, the mastermind behind the maple syrup production hub, Burton’s Maplewood Farm. The company has given traditional maple syrup a twist that transcends breakfast, encouraging customers to think beyond the waffle. Burton’s method? Aging maple syrup for twelve months in liquor barrels that formerly held whiskey, bourbon, rum and brandy. The company will even partner with bourbon-producing giant Pappy Van Winkle this fall to develop a high-end, unique barrel-aged syrup that whiskey aficionados can’t wait to taste!

We’re taking a hint from Burton’s and trying our hand at homemade maple syrup infusions. You can try it, too! As Burton advises, pick out your favorite herbs, spices, or flavors (think cooked pieces of bacon or chopped rosemary). Put them in a small saucepan, adding however much maple syrup you’d like to infuse. More spice equals more intense flavor. Cook the mixture on medium heat until the desired intensity is achieved. It’s as simple as that!

Try some of these flavor infusions to get started:

  • Bacon – The smoky flavor will enhance the maple, making it an excellent choice for breakfast dishes, BBQ sauces or even atop roasted Brussels sprouts!
  • Dill – Burton recommends finely chopping dill and heating it with maple syrup to glaze both sides of salmon filets before cooking.
  • Citrus – Add orange rind and cinnamon sticks for syrup that’s divine drizzled over cinnamon rolls or peaches for a simple dessert.

The options are endless! So get in the kitchen and start experimenting with your favorite herbs and spices. If you’re intrigued, but not as confident developing your own combinations yet, then stick to these tried and true maple recipes from Clabber Girl.

Maple Bourbon Pecan Tart

The nuttiness of the pecans, paired with brown sugar, bourbon and sweetness of the maple makes this a winning fall entertaining dessert.

Sweet Potato and Sausage Pancakes

Sweet potato, sausage and syrup IN the pancakes? Hearty enough for breakfast at dinnertime!

Fried Chicken Conquers Menus Worldwide

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Who knew that the “it” dish of the past few years would be served in the form of good, old-fashioned fried chicken? From major cities to small towns, from trendy gastropubs to mom-and-pop diners, menus worldwide are featuring some seriously creative combinations of this traditional southern fare.

Fried chicken has a unique history in the U.S. that goes back even before the Civil War. However, it was in the early 1900s that a special blend of herbs and spices revamped the popularity of the dish. It was then that Colonel Sanders, founder of the fast food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken, set his sights on franchising his recipe, putting the spotlight on this age-old comfort food.

While we never need a reason to celebrate food, we figure the Colonel’s birthday is the perfect time to celebrate this southern staple and try out some inventive and, of course, delicious, mouth-watering fried chicken recipes.

Branching out for the first time? Try Chicken and Biscuits: Fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits – comfort food doesn’t get much more comforting than that. Clabber Girl’s Good Ole Fried Chicken recipe is the perfect place to start. Since you already need buttermilk for that recipe, go ahead and pair it with our moist and flaky buttermilk biscuits.

Want something sweet and savory? Try Chicken & Waffles: You absolutely can’t go wrong — crunchy, juicy southern-style fried chicken, with just a hint of spice lingering on your tongue, and fresh baked waffles, all drizzled with warm maple syrup.

Focusing on the chicken? Get creative with the breading: Side dishes come and go, but fried chicken always remains. For many fried chicken connoisseurs, it’s all about the breading. Want to keep the sweet but ditch the doughnut? Pull out the graham crackers and cayenne pepper for Graham Cracker Fried Chicken.

Clearly, what fried chicken has done for food is what the little black dress has done for date night. It adds a layer of sophistication, without losing its original appeal. With a dash of creativity, you can create succulent versions of this spectacular fare right in your own kitchen!