Dorayaki (a.k.a Doracakes)
If you have a kid and if your kid watches Doraemon, you already know what these are. For the uninitiated, these fluffy, honey flavoured pancake sandwiches are called Dorayaki (or Doracakes, as seen on television). Dorayaki is a traditional Japanese confection usually served with tea. Authentic Dorayakis come with Anko (redbean paste) filling, but there are many new variants available today (Do you know Dorapan likes his Doracakes filled with Camembert Cheese? :P I call this in-depth learning :D). I have put my own twist by adding a dash of vanilla and chocolate. These are easy to make with ingredients that are already available in your pantry. I used some left over ganache as filling, but you can use any filling of your choice. It was like eating a vanilla sponge sandwich, minus the elbow grease!
Caster sugar - 90 g
Eggs - 2 nos
Honey - 1 Tbsp
All purpose flour - 115 g
Corn flour - 20 g
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Water - 50 ml
Vinegar - 1/4 tsp
Vanilla extract - 1/2 tsp
Beat eggs, sugar and honey till the mixture becomes fluffy and pale yellow
Sift flour and cornflour together over the egg mixture and combine well
Lastly add water, vinegar, baking soda, vanilla extract and combine well
Pour 1/2 tsp oil on a non stick pan and spread with a tissue paper
Wipe off excess oil with another tissue paper. Oil droplets on the pan will leave white marks on the pancakes.
Slowly pour (Don't spread. The batter will spread itself) on the hot pan and cook
Takes approx 2 1/2 Tbsp batter for one pancake. Use a ladle that can hold the suggested amount of batter. (I used an ice cream scoop)
Wait till you get bubbles on the surface
The pancakes take 1 - 1 1/2 minutes on one side and approx. 30 seconds on the other side to cook. This time may vary and you will have to experiment a bit.
Let it cool and sandwich chosen filling (use 1 - 1 1/2 tsp, slightly heaped in the middle) between two similar sized pancakes
Sandwiched Dorayakis can be frozen for later use
DO NOT OVERMIX the pancake batter. Over mixing makes the pancakes hard.
Use a balloon whisk.
The first step takes approx 2-3 minutes
Use good quality vanilla extract or your product will taste eggy.
Keep an eye on the temperature of the pan. Don’t let it get too hot.
You can fill the pancakes with custard, jam, peanut butter, nutella etc.,
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