Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Easy Dorayaki 簡単どら焼き

My family and I are fan of Doraemon and also Doraemon's favourite, dorayaki どら焼き.

Including the oldest man at our home, we enjoy watching tonnes of Doraemon cartoons and also munching tonnes of dorayaki. For me, I enjoy the most when I watch my son watching Doraemon and eating dorayaki... He would laugh hysterically at scenes of Doraemon cartoons and munch chirpily while eating his dorayaki. I don't know why but it is really nice watching my son being so happy.

Since we like dorayaki so much, I wonder if I can replicate dorayaki that are as good as the store-bought ones. On second thought, since I can made Koshian 漉し餡 type of red bean paste at home, I'm sure that I can replicate dorayaki that good enough at home.

There are heaps of dorayaki recipes that I have came across. Some like here requires beating of eggs until pale and thick but some like here and here don't. Some like here and here requires Japanese kind of ingredients like mirin or sweet sake. Some like here, here, here and here require the addition of honey or brown sugar in order for the pancakes to have nice browning surfaces but some like here don't. I have seen one interesting recipe that uses condensed milk as the others that I have seen don't.

Which dorayaki recipe is the best? I don't know.

I like to try the easiest and most reputable recipe first and so I started by making the easiest dorayaki have made by Nami from Just One Cookbook. From here, I love to explore more dorayaki recipes in the near future...

easy dorayaki
Easy Dorayaki 簡単どら焼き

This easy recipe does not require beating of eggs until pale and thick. Just whisking will do.
The batter has to be thick as thin batter can't make fluffy pancakes!
I like to use a paper towel dipped in oil to grease the frying pan very lightly.
The trick is the oil frying pan can't be visible.
Cooking the pancakes - Yay! The easy recipe works perfectly!
Sandwiching the pancakes with my homemade Koshian type of red bean paste
Ready to nom nom nom?
easy dorayaki
Yum! This is me doing my nom nom nom...
And, this is Doraemon doing his nom nom nom...

After my nom nom nom, my husband and son came home and were very happy that I had made dorayaki for them. Then, there were more nom nom nom... and all dorayaki were gone!

Update on 26 May 2020:
Found this old video that I made a few years ago. I think that I should share it to show that this recipe is always so easy and reliable. And HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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Here's the recipe that is mostly adapted from Just One Cookbook

Makes 10 (20 pancakes)
4 extra large eggs, about 70-80g each
100g (1/2 cup) sugar (original is 140g but I reckon this reduced amount is just right for us)
2 tbsp honey
160 g (1 cup) all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
adequate oil to cook
about 1 cup (500g) sweetened red bean paste to fill, preferably the Koshian (smooth) type, store bought or homemade like the one that I made at here

In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar and honey. Whisk well until the mixture becomes frothy.

Combine flour and baking powder into another bowl and sift them into the egg mixture. Whisk mixture gently until just combined. Do not over-mix the batter after the addition of dry ingredients. Cover the batter with cling wrap and place it in the fridge to rest for 15 mins.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium-low heat - Not too high as the pancakes can burn easily. Dip a paper towel in about 1-2 tbsp oil and grease the pan lightly with the oily paper towel. Hint: The oil on the frying pan should not be visible.

Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop and pour half of 1/4 cup (30ml each) of batter onto the frying pan to cook each pancake. When you see the surface of the batter starting to bubble, flip over and cook the other side. Transfer to a plate and cover up with cling wrap to prevent the pancakes from drying. Continue to cook the pancakes with the rest of the batter.

Spread about 50g of red bean paste on each of 10 pancakes. Place the other pancakes on the pancakes with the paste to form a pancake sandwich. Serve immediately.

Can't finish all of these pancakes? No worries! Leftovers with cling wraps and cover can be kept in fridge for 2-3 days or freezer for about 1 month. To freeze, wrap each dorayaki in each freezing bag and place them in a zip lock bag and then in the freezer. To consume, no thawing of frozen dorayaki is required. Just slightly re-heat each in microwave with high power for 30 secs.

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  1. Yay! Doraemon pancake! Red bean filling with pancakes, yummzzz, I can eat 20 pieces!

  2. Ooh i love these made these from nami's for my son' japanese theme event once once

  3. Hi Zoe, I like dorayaki too. Your pancakes all look so round and are exactly the same size. No way I can do it so well.

  4. Your dorayakis look so evenly browned! I like!!!! Thumbs up!!! :D

  5. Wow, your pancakes look so fluffy and beautiful! Well done Zoe

  6. Hi Zoe your pancake look delicious yummy;)

  7. Hi Zoe,
    My kids are the big fan of Doraemon and their mum too... LOL
    You cook your Dorayaki so nicely! Yum!

  8. Have seen lot of them in TV but never tasted it....looks yumm

  9. My kids love Doraemon, though now we don't get it in our existing TV channels but they watch it on YouTube whenever they can... I must surprise them with the Dorayaki, but maybe with Nutella, since we don't get the bean paste here...

  10. Yummy pancakes, Zoe! And thank you once again for giving us the opportunity to host. Sad to hear that LTU is coming to an end, but I bet better things are on the way for you! ^.^

  11. I made this today for breakfast, it supper easy and delicious. because i dont have red bean paste, then replaced it with Ovomaltine.


  12. Zoe, Doraemon will be thrilled with your Dorayaki! They look so beautifully soft and nicely browned. Yum yum!

  13. Hi Zoe,
    These dorayakis of your look very tempting. They always reminds of those sold at Yaohan or Sogo.

  14. Hi Zoe, I've never made these Dorayaki pancakes, or the red bean paste filling, but thanks to you that you have so much information to click on for the recipe, including Nami's recipe you adapted that now, I'm so thrilled to want to try it. Looks so moist, perfect and yummy!

  15. Wow, I didn't realise dorayaki was so easy to make! Will have to try it out! Yours look so perfect!