Dorayaki どら焼き (Doraemon’s favorite snack)

dorayaki - final1Growing up in Taiwan, there was one comic book series that I loved as a child called Doraemon ドラえもん or 小叮噹. This was a comic series from Japan that was translated into Chinese. The story is about a robot cat from the future that travels back in time to help Nobita to create a better life for him and his descendants. What was mesmerizing for all the kids was that Doraemon, like Inspector Gadget, has a special pouch where he can produce various tools and gadgets to help human beings. Two of the most popular gadgets include a bamboo-copter that the kids can stick on their heads to fly to different locations. Another one is the “anywhere door” which is basically a portal that takes them from one location to another location instantaneously. As a child, I always dreamt about owning an “Anywhere Door” so I won’t be late to school. I even pretended that my bedroom door was that door but every time I wished really hard and opened the door, it was still my bedroom and not the classroom.dorayaki - closeup

Well, Doraemon had a weakness which is dorayaki. It’s like kryptonite to superman. Every time he sees a dorayaki, he forgets his mission and goes after the dorayaki. I had always imagined what that dessert would taste like since it was not readily available in Taiwan. When I worked in Japan after college, I was finally able to eat fresh dorayaki, not the prepackaged type and the difference was night and day. The sweet red bean paste sandwiched between fluffy pancakes that has a wonderful aroma of honey and paired with matcha also became my weakness as well. Fortunately, I did a lot of walking in Japan so I didn’t turn into a Doraemon.dorayaki - final3

The dorayaki – 銅鑼燒 in Chinese and どら焼き in Japanese – is the main reason why I started this red bean paste series. What better way to bring a climax to this series than the dorayaki? A few things to note in this recipe:

  1. No cake flour no problem, you can either mix 2 tbsp cornstarch with 1 cup less 2 tbsp of all purpose flour – or just use all purpose flour
  2. No honey no good – must have honey!
  3. Sweetness is a preference and if you want things to be sweeter, add more sugar or honey. I prefer the pancake less sweet and the red bean paste sweeter 🙂
  4. In order for the dorayaki pancake to brown evenly, control your heat and use a non-stick pan for better success – patience is virtue
  5. Dorayakis freeze pretty well so I always make a large batch
  6. Feel like experimenting? Try cocoa powder or green tea powder for the pancakes – just add about 2 teaspoons to the batter

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Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 ¼ cup cake flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 cup red bean paste

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Dorayaki どら焼き (Doraemon's favorite snack)
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Serves: 8-10 dorayakis
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Dorayaki is a popular Japanese dessert with red bean paste (anko) and fluffy honey-infused pancakes
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 ¼ cup cake flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 2 cup red bean paste
Instructions
  1. Combine eggs, sugar, and honey into a large bowl
  2. Beat the eggs until light and fluffy
  3. Stir in flour and baking powder, mix until even
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes
  5. Depending on the consistency of the batter, you may need to add 1 or 2 tbsp of water until the batter falls like smooth ribbons
  6. Using a non-stick pan, add some oil and wipe off with a paper towel
  7. On medium-low heat, pour about 2 tbsp of batter into pan
  8. After about 1 to 1:30 minutes, the pancake should start to bubble up, flip and cook the other side for about 30 seconds and remove
  9. Keep the pancakes covered in a damp cloth while you finish making the rest
  10. Scoop about 2-3 tbsp of red bean paste onto one of the pancakes and cover with another like a sandwich

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