Dorayaki are two small round pancakes sandwiched around Azuki bean paste. They take their name from the Japanese word for gong. Dorayaki are probably most commonly known by Asians through the famous anime and manga character, Doraemon. Doraemon is a cat-shaped robot from the future who has a famous four-dimensional pocket filled with useful gadgets. Doraemon absolutely loves Dorayaki. I have previously tried packaged Dorayaki from Asian supermarkets. However, after tasting them at a recent Chef’s Armoury event, I can say that they ,obviously, taste better fresh.
Thanks to Chef’s Armoury, I have a recipe for Matcha (green tea) Dorayaki to share with everyone. Enjoy!
Serves: 8 – 10
Preparation time: 5 mins + 20 mins resting
Cooking time: 4 mins a batch
- 3 eggs
- 150 grams Japanese White Sugar
- 3 grams good quality matcha powder (you made need more when using lower quality matcha powder)
- 175 millilitres warm water
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup or glucose syrup
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 180 grams plain flour (cake flour is best)
- Oil for cooking
- Some chunky style red bean paste
- Combine the water, baking powder and syrup. Make sure the syrup has dissolved into the water and cool.
- Whisk eggs and sugar until you have soft peaks.
- Sift the flour and matcha powder three time. This ensures that there are no lumps in both the flour and the matcha powder.
- Slowly add the sifted flour into the egg mix while whisking, followed by the liquids.
- Mix well and set aside for approximately 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, the consistency should be slightly thickened. Adjust with a little bit of water to get a pancake mixture consistency.
- Cook the mixture in a pan over medium heat (180°C) until bubbles appear on the surface. Make sure they are all approximately the same size.
- Flip the pancakes over when the bottom is nicely browned. When the other side is nicely browned as well, they are ready to be taken off the heat.
- Serve two pancakes sandwiched together the prepared red bean.
- Enjoy while warm!
Dorayaki and Ichigo Daifuku
Happy nom nom nom-ing!