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Dorayaki is essentially sweet red bean paste that is sandwiched with light and spongy palm-sized pancakes. It is also known to be Doraemon’s favorite food.

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Do you know this food? When I was in elementary school, I liked to watch cartoon series called Doraemon (ドラえもん). They were aired at a well-known local TV channel every weekend, so most people in my generation should know this cartoon. The story revolves around a robotic cat named Doraemon, who travels back in time from the 21st century to aid a boy named Nobita. Do you know where the name Doraemon comes from? Dora is actually one of the author’s international pun and Doraemon could never resist the temptation of Dorayaki. Since then, I have been curious how dorayaki tastes like. Fortunately, making dorayaki is quite simple, just pretty much like making some sweet fluffy pancakes and stuff them with some hearty filling.

What Is Dorayaki?

Dorayaki is actually one of the most famous traditional snacks in Japan. This sweet snack is usually enjoyed as an after-school snack or as a tea-time cake. It is essentially some sweet red bean paste called anko, which sandwiched between two small pancakes. The pancakes are most like castella, a Japanese sponge cake, than the classic pancakes we used to.

The original Dorayaki actually consists of only one layer. Perhaps it is sandwiched in two pancakes to make it easier to eat. Other than the classic sweet red bean paste, the filling has evolved to have many other different flavors right now. The custard cream, chestnuts, and cream filling are also popular in Japan. Nowadays, there are also many versions where the pancakes are altered with flavors, such as matcha and chocolate pancakes.

Tips on Making Dorayaki

You might think making dorayaki seems easy like making regular pancakes After all it does look like them and the ingredients are similar. Do not be fooled, because it might take some time for you to perfect the recipe. Here are some tips to make perfect dorayaki.

1. Do not over-mix the batter

The more you mix the batter, the more gluten molecules develop. Hence, over-mixing the batter will make tougher and chewier dorayaki. To achieve light and fluffy dorayaki, you want to mix your pancake batter as little as possible. Just enough to incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry.

2. Use a good non-stick pan

Making perfect pancakes requires a foolproof recipe and the right tools. A good non-stick pan is absolutely essential for quick heat distribution and even cooking, plus the perfect surface area to achieve perfectly brown dorayaki.

3. Wipe off excess oil on the frying pan

Just like the process of making pancakes, we need to combine the ingredients, pour ladles onto a hot frying pan, flip when ready and cook until golden brown. I think the hardest part of making dorayaki is how to get them evenly brown color on the outer surface. If there is too much oil or butter on the frying pan, there will be uneven spots on it. It is still tasty but does not look like how dorayaki should be. The trick is to wipe off the excess oil on the frying pan with a paper towel to achieve that look.

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4. Swap the filling

The classic dorayaki is essentially sweet red bean paste which is sandwiched between two palm-sized pancakes. You can find the canned red bean paste easily at the grocery store. For a healthier option, you can also make Red Bean Paste at home from my previous recipe. What I like about homemade red bean paste is how I can control the texture and sweetness of the filling. Moreover, the ready-made paste sold in the grocery stores usually contains preservatives, food coloring, and oil. If you do not like red bean paste, you can swap the filling with anything you like, from your favorite jam to the cream filling.

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Dorayaki

Dorayaki is essentially sweet red bean paste that is sandwiched with light and spongy palm-sized pancakes. It is also known to be Doraemon's favorite food.
Author: Jaja Bakes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 5
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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Additional Time20 minutes
Total Time50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup (130 gr) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 1/3 cups (160 gr) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 cup (250 gr) red bean paste
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, mix flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar and honey together until fluffy and the color becomes pale yellow.
  • Sift in the dry ingredients into the batter. Whisk until well combined. Keep in the fridge to rest for about 20 minutes. Then, stir in the water after the rest, to smooth the batter.
  • Heat non-stick frying pan at medium-low heat. Add a small amount of oil and wipe excess oil with paper towel. 
  • Drop a ladle (about 3 tbsp) of batter onto the pan. Cook until the surface of the bubble, flip over and cook the other side. Transfer to a plate and cover with a damp towel to prevent from drying.
  • When the pancakes are cooled down, spread red bean paste on a pancake and sandwich with another pancake. 

Notes

Make sure they are stored in an air tight container or wrapped in plastic wrap to prevent them from drying.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 138mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 3mg
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