Japanese Pancake with Sweet Red Bean (Dorayaki)

Posted June 22nd, 2010 in Food 6 Comments »

A fluffy pancake sandwich with chunky azuki bean paste….

You may have seen Doraemon, a cat-shaped robot in Japanese cartoon, eating dorayaki.  Dorayaki is a Japanese sweet which consists of two small pancakes and a filling of anko (azuki bean paste).

I list 2 recipes below : ↓↓

It’s always the best to use an electric grill pan so that cakes turn evenly brown.  And, controlling the heat is the another key to make this moist pancake.
The standard dorayaki has a filling of azuki bean paste, but nowadays you can get with custard cream filling, white bean paste (shiro-an), whipped cream, etc in Japan.  I spread margarin to the pancakes, but normally you just add azuki bean paste.  I thought a filling of grated cheddar and condensed milk would be a nice match too.  (like Indonesian Martabak)
<Dorayaki> makes 4 (small batch)
  • 2 Eggs (M~L)
  • 4 tbs (60g) Sugar
  • 2 tbs Honey
  • 80g Plain flour
  • 20g Baking flour
  • 1/2 Baking soda
  • about 4 tbs Milk (to adjust)
  • 80g tsubu-an (chunky red bean paste) (recipe here and here)
  • margarin to spread (optional)
  1. Place egg, sugar, and honey in a bowl and whisk until fluffy.
  2. Shift in the dry ingredients.  Mix using a spatular quickly. (don’t mix too much)
  3. Add milk gradually.  Mix with spatular, but do not stir too much.  Move the spatular as if you are cutting the batter.
  4. Heat an skillet or hot plat, and spray oil lightly.  Using a small ladle, pour a scoop of the batter into the skillet and make a small pancake.
  5. Turn over when bubbles appear on the surface. Repeat this process with remaining batter to make 8 pancakes.  Cover the pancakes with plastic wraps to prevent from drying.
  6. Spread margarine on one side of pancakes, and sandwich a scoop of azuki bean paste.
I used this recipe when making dorayaki last night.  This recipe uses less ingredients, and still turned out to be delicious :))
<Dorayaki> makes 2~4aa
  • 1 Egg (L)
  • 30g Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Honey
  • 50g Plain flour
  • 1/3 teaspoon Baking powder
  • Anko (red bean paste) (recipe here and here)
  1. Beat egg with sugar in a bowl.  Add honey, and mix until smooth.
  2. Shift in flour & baking powder, and mix with a spatula until the mixture is smooth and has shiny surface.  Let the mixture rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Heat a frying pan over medium heat.  Take the pan off the stove and place the bottom of the pan on a wet towel to even the heat.  Place the pan back to the stove, over low heat, and spray oil lightly.  Pour the mixture (about 2 tablespoons) into the pan and cook until bubbles appear on the surface.  Flip the pancake and cook another side.  Keep the cooked pancakes on a plate covered with plastic wrap to prevent from drying.  Repeat with remaining mixture.
  4. Spread anko between 2 pancakes and press lightly to shape.

6 Comments on “Japanese Pancake with Sweet Red Bean (Dorayaki)”

  1. 1 Thang said at 3:33 pm on June 22nd, 2010:

    We grew up in Vietnam reading Doraemon (called Doremon over there though) so always wanted to try the cake (you can understand given the cat himself at least went crazy about this treat once in every chapter). For some reason I thought it’s the deepfried doughnuts with jams, other friends of mine said that it’s the red bean frozen cake with spongy texture that can be found at Asian groceries. Thanks heaps for sharing this recipe. I may give it a go this weekend 😀

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 6:48 pm on June 22nd, 2010:

    Hi Thang,

    It’s really amazing that Doraemon (and other Japanese cartoons) is on tv in many countries around the world 😀
    He speaks Vietnamese on tv, right?

    In the cartoon it is difficult to see what the “dorayaki” is, but it looks yammy as Doraemon is so crazy about it 😉
    Dorayaki pancakes should be moist and sweet. Please try making it ♪

  3. 3 Bishonencam said at 8:13 pm on June 22nd, 2010:

    Yo Ume!

    Here’s a funny coincidence…
    I have a Doraemon clock that sings and when my girlfriend first saw it she said, “It’s Ding-Dong!”.
    I said, “No, that’s Doraemon!” But in Hong Kong (she’s Cantonese) they call Doraemon “Ding-Ding”. I asked why and she said it’s easier for kids to say :S
    Anywaaaaaaaaay, I saw dorayaki in the freezer at Emmas in Northbridge and they were labeled “Dong”
    Dorayaki = Dong…. A bit weird.
    So Ding Dong eats Dongs…. and if eating Dongs was called “Ding” too, would that mean…
    “How many Dongs could a Ding-Dong Ding if a Ding-Dong could Ding Dongs???”

    Hmmmmm….. Perhaps not 😛

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 2:45 pm on June 23rd, 2010:


    “Ding-Dong”?? wow… I never head anyone calling Doraemon in such name :p
    But, it is easy do say rather than “doraemon”, yes.

    Your sentence is really confusing… ! (>0<) We better keep it as "doraemon" and "eat dorayaki" (¬˚∆˙)

  5. 5 Swee San said at 12:56 am on August 22nd, 2010:

    20g baking flour means self raising flour ?

  6. 6 umepontarou said at 9:47 am on August 23rd, 2010:

    Swee San ,

    No, baking flour is strong flour, like “baker’s flour”. 🙂

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