Despite the westernised version of Doraemon which has confused every child for it claims them to be filled with chocolate, these “pancakes” were traditionally filled with red-bean paste and are sold everywhere in Japan.
They are very popular both with children and adults and now-a-days you can find all types of fillings (from custard to green team, through cheese and chestnut. My favourite, however, is still the original which paste is made from azuki beans.
I found this recipe online and having tried it, i am happy to recommend it:
2 cups of plain flour
4 teaspoons of sugar
1 cup of water
1 egg white (beaten until fluffy)
For the filling:
A six ounce can of azuki beans, mixed with enough sugar to form a thick sweet paste (the sweetness will depend on your taste… I tried adding honey instead and it was delicious)
Note: these are not french style crepe pancakes, therefore don’t be tempted to spread them thin on the pan. They are more like Scottish, fluffy.
- Sift the flour into a large bowl (to remove any unground bits) and add the sugar. Mix. Stir in the water to make a batter, then fold in the egg whites.
- Stir in the water to make a batter. When all the ingredients have been fully incorporated, fold in the egg whites.
- Heat a nonstick frying pan and using a paper towel, oil the pan with some vegetable oil.
- Pour 2 tablespoons of the batter on to the hot pan let the batter form a circle and wait for tiny bubbles to emerge.
- When the pancake surface is covered with bubbles, flip it and fry the uncooked side for further 30 seconds. (you can repeat until you finish the mix)
The final step is to create a sandwich-like set up spreading the filling between two pancakes .
Dora-yaki should be served at room temperature and are wonderful with tea.