Dorayaki: sweet Japanese pancakes with red bean paste

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From American pancakes to crepes and the Dutch baby : pancakes come in all shapes and sizes, and are eaten all over the world. Today we will tell you everything about the Japanese variant called  dorayaki.

  • 4 eggs
  • 140 grams granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 160 grams of flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • red bean paste

Dorayaki are two super sweet pancakes on top of each other, filled with  anko. This sweet paste is made from red aduki beans and the pancakes are eaten both hot and cold.

In appearance they remind us of egg cakes, but looks can be deceiving! The structure is wonderfully fluffy  , similar to biscuit dough.

The name

Legend has it that a samurai named Benkei went into hiding with a farmer. When he left the farm, he forgot his gong ( called dora in Japanese ), after which the farmer would have used the gong to bake pancakes.

Previously only the dorayaki was served separately, but over the years this has changed to two pieces on top of each other.

make it yourself

Like most pancakes, you can also make dorayaki yourself. The batter itself is very easy, but the bean paste takes a little more time.

Fortunately, the pancakes themselves also taste delicious and you can get started right away with the video below. Look to the right for the ingredients.

in the cinema

The  dorayaki are not only very tasty, they also play the lead role in the Japanese movie AN (A Sweet Taste of Life) . Here you see the Japanese Sentaro running a small bakery shop. His specialty is  dorayaki; a kind of pancakes filled with red bean paste, or An .

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