Japanase Dorayaki(also known as Mikasa) is one of Japan's popular classic confectioneries. It is red bean paste sandwiched between two pancakes.
Oh that's nothing special! You say. Oh but it is! Sometimes the simpliest things in life are the most overlooked. Dorakayi can also be made with other paste. One of our house favorites is with red bean and chestnuts paste. Another is to make it with matcha and coarse red bean paste. Your tastebuds is your imagination. Add chocolate to it or peanut butter. Here's a simple recipe to making your own dorayaki.
No seriously! it really is that simple but I will humor you with a recipe because we all have our own way of making pancakes. And me, being me, I have a habit of tweeking just about any recipe I come across. Of course, you want to try the original recipe before you go around exprimenting with it. Because sometimes, THAT recipe is just perfect for your tastebuds.
1. Combine the eggs, sugar, and honey into a mixing bowl. Using a whisk, mix the ingredients well until it becomes fluffy.
2. Sift flour and baking powder into the bowl and mix all together.
3. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to allow all the bubbles to go away and the batter will be smoother.
4. Add the 1-2 tbsp of water to slightly dilute the mixture.
1. Heat a non-stick pan over medium to low heat. Using a brush or a paper towel, spread a thin coat of oil on the pan. Then wipe it off again. Do not oil the pan again.Note: This is the secret to getting the perfect browning of your pancakes.
2. Pour a small mount on the pan at about 3 in diameter. Remember, you're trying to make mini pancakes so keep the size in mind. To be precise, pour 3-4 Tbsp measurement. If it's a little bigger, it's okay.
3. When it starts to bubble from the top (just over a minute), flip it over. It should only take another 30 sec for the other side to cook.
4. Transfer the pancake on a plate and cover with damp towel to keep it moist.
5. Cook all of the pancakes. You should be able to make 10-12 pancakes.
The Final Steps: It's like making a sandwich!
1. Take a pancake and place a scoop of red bean paste in the middle.
2. Spread the paste from the center to the outside. The Paste should be thicker in the middle.
3. Then cover it with another pancake. Gently press the pancake around the edge to seal it.
4. Wrap the dorayaki with plastic wrap until ready to serve. Keep it refrigerated if you're not eating it right way.
If you want dorayaki without getting dirty in the kitchen. Well, just head down to your local Asian Market and buy some. If you are in the Austin area, we make special trip to Asahi Imports on Burnet Road to get our Japanese goodies. Don't want to leave the house, order them at Amazon.com. They have them in all sizes and different fillings. Try these for the holidays!
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