This picture does not do them justice. They were awesome. Took about 20 minutes to make, another 20 to cook. Came out really well, considering I've never made latkes (potato pancakes) before. Only change I made was to add more oil in the pan - 2 tbl of oil isn't enough. And since I hadn't made them before, I decided to skip the ricer - layer paper towels and potatoes in a bowl, then push down with all your might and get as much water out as possible.
Why is this baking? Easy - store them in a warm oven while you make them. And this way you're not worrying about the others getting cold.