Dorayaki is a golden honey flavoured pancake held together with a thick layer of sweet red bean paste. This iconic treat is loved by children and adults alike. With just a handful of easily accessible ingredients, you can make this popular Japanese sweet snack at home!
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What is Dorayaki?
Dorayaki is a delicious sweet snack made up of two honey castella pancakes held together with a thick helping of anko (red bean paste).
Dora (どら) means "gong" and yaki (焼き) means fry. I guess the gong part comes from it's round shape and smooth golden surface.
This classic Japanese sweet is loved by children and adults alike!
This recipe is pretty simple and uses basic pantry items that you most probably already have in your cupboard (except the red bean paste, but that's optional really).
It's also based on my mum's recipe (thanks mum!), so you can enjoy this delicious dorayaki that has been enjoyed by my family for many years!
Anyone who knows about Japanese pop culture has probably seen (or heard of) Doraemon.
Doraemon is a popular anime and manga character in Japan. He's a blue robot cat that absolutely loves dorayaki. In fact, he'll pretty much fall for any trap or trick if there's a chance of getting his paws on some dorayaki. I'd say he has pretty good taste!
Doraemon is one of the most loved characters in Japan, and he's addicted to one of the most loved snacks!
Dorayaki is traditionally filled with red bean paste made from adzuki beans, also known as anko. There are two types of anko and either can be used according to your preference.
Tsubuan is a chunky red bean paste with whole beans and skins still intact. It has a great texture and you can find it on Amazon here.
Koshian is a smooth red bean paste with no bits. I used koshian when I made the dorayaki pictured above, but that's only because I had it leftover after making Ichigo Daifuku. You can buy koshian smooth red bean paste on Amazon here.
Dorayaki can also be enjoyed with other fillings too! Here are a few ideas:
- Custard Cream
- Matcha Cream
- Chestnut Filling
- Nutella Chocolate Spread
- Cream Cheese
These are just a few ideas, but anything thick and pasty would be a great filling for dorayaki! Make it your own!
This recipe makes 6 complete dorayaki (12 pancakes in total). I hope you enjoy my family's classic dorayaki recipe!