Servings: 9dorayaki sandwiches ( 2 1/2 inch diameter each)
Japanese pancakes stuffed with sweet bean paste filling will quickly become your favorite. These snack-size pancakes are fun to make and will surely please the crowd. All the tips you need to be able to get that soft, fluffy, smooth and perfect dorayaki pancakes with even browning.
Cream the softened cream cheese, matcha powder, and powdered sugar until they are smooth. Chilled in the refrigerator
Making the pancakes:
Place the flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Stir to mix
Beat the eggs, sugar, and honey until well mixed, add in the milk. Gradually add in the flour mixture and continue to whisk until you get a smooth batter
Preheat a non-stick pan over medium heat and brush with some oil and then use a paper towel to wipe off excess oil. This step is very important in order to get an even color pancakes. Lower the heat to between medium and low (you will have to experiment on your stove). I use the largest burner on my stove and the heat is at level 2 out of 9
Drop about 1 tablespoon of a batter onto the pan and let it cook until you see bubbles on the surface of the pancakes. It will slowly form small bubbles. Don't be tempted to crank up the heat. When the pan is too hot, the pancake won't have even browning
Once you see small bubbles appearing all over the pancakes and the edge of the pancake is no longer wet, flip over and cook for another minute. Remove to a plate and cover with a damp clean towel. Repeat with the rest of the pancake
Get one pancake and spread with some filling, about 1 teaspoon or so, in the middle of the pancake.
Top with another piece of pancake. Wrap with plastic wrap (I didn't do this) and gently press the edges of the pancake together to seal to make a sandwich. Repeat with the rest of the pancakes and fillings
Dorayaki can be served immediately. You can store the leftover in the fridge, well wrapped. Simply heat in the microwave for few seconds until just warm enough. They can be served cold too if you don't mind it. I remember a store I bought this from have the dorayaki individually packed and kept in the fridge. It is meant to be a grab-n-go kind of snack in Asia