Again, what on earth is dorayaki?
It’s the Japanese pancake in which a red bean paste is sanwiched between 2 fluffy soft pieces of cakes. If you have read the manga Doraemon (the one about the robot from the 22nd century with a bunch of future high-tech toys), you may remember these:
They’re super sweet, super soft, super tasty. I had these once before at a Japanese restaurant in the backpacker area of District 1, and as always, they didn’t leave much impression except for their price. Until my cousin in law told me she was also trying to make them, I started searching for the recipe, and voila, it’s just as easy as any other type of pancake.
- 1 egg, separated
- 5g honey
- 5g sugar
- 40g milk
- 45g cake flour
- 5g cooking oil
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 10 more grams of sugar
- cream of tar tar
- Egg yolk, honey, 5g of sugar, milk, cake flour, oil, vanilla extract, baking powder all into a bowl and beaten until all combined and smooth. This might take up to 5 minutes.
- Beat the egg white with cream of tar tar and sugar until stiff peak forms.
- Fold the egg white into the egg yolk mixture.
- Heat a nonstick pan on low heat. I mean it, low heat, the lowest level possible.
- Fry it like you would fry a regular pancake. Dorayaki are mostly small, like 5 cm (or 2 inches) in diameter.
- After 1-2 minutes, use a spatula to touch the edge of the cake, if it’s dry, you can flip it. (I timed the cake and flipped it after exactly 1 min 30 sec to make sure the pieces are equally golden brown).
- Fry the other side for 40 more seconds. Again, try by touching the edge with a spatula, and it finishes cooking when the edge is dry.
- Leave the cakes to cool for about 15 minutes. (Meanwhile, clean the kitchen)
- Use whatever you’d like for the filling. Be crazy. I didn’t have the patience to make red bean paste (the “right” way to make dorayaki) from scratch, and couldn’t find any other spread but peanut butter in my local grocery store. I was so worried if they would go together – peanut butter and pancake. But somehow, and God forbids, they worked.
Have an awesome Friday night, honey 🙂