Homemade Dorayaki Pancakes

Embark on a culinary journey to Japan with this simple yet delightful recipe for Dorayaki, a traditional Japanese dessert known for its sweet red bean filling sandwiched between two fluffy pancakes. Perfect for snacks or dessert, these pancakes will bring a taste of Japan right into your kitchen.

Ingredients for Red Bean Paste (Anko):

  • 100 grams of red beans
  • Water for soaking and cooking
  • 75 grams of granulated sugar

Ingredients for Pancakes:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 50 grams of granulated sugar
  • 15 grams of honey
  • 80 grams of cake flour (for a lighter texture)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 10 milliliters of water
  • A little cooking oil for frying


Prepare the Red Bean Paste:

  1. Rinse the red beans and place them in a large bowl. Cover with water and let them soak for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain the beans and transfer them to a pot. Cover with fresh water, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium. Simmer for about 40 minutes or until the beans are soft.
  3. Add 75 grams of sugar to the pot and stir until fully dissolved. Continue to cook on low heat, mashing the beans until you get a thick, smooth paste. Set aside to cool.

Make the Pancakes:

  1. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with 50 grams of sugar and honey until the mixture is light and frothy.
  2. Sift the cake flour and baking powder into the egg mixture. Add 10 milliliters of water and mix until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over low heat and brush with a little cooking oil.
  4. Pour a small amount of batter into the pan to form a pancake about 10cm in diameter. Cook until bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook the other side until golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  5. Once the pancakes are cool enough to handle, take one pancake and spread a layer of red bean paste over one side. Cover with another pancake, pressing gently to seal the filling inside.

Enjoy your homemade Dorayaki with a cup of green tea for a truly authentic Japanese experience. These sweet treats are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in an airtight container for a day or two.

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