HOW TO MAKE ★DORAYAKI★Japanese pancakes with red bean paste (EP235)

HOW TO MAKE ★DORAYAKI★Japanese pancakes with red bean paste (EP235)

What is Dorayaki?

Dorayaki is a traditional Japanese sweet which is famous for the favorite food of Doraemon.

Generous amout of Anko, red-bean paste is sandwiched between in the brown thin pancakes.

It’s a very popular snack, you can find at any Japanese sweet shop, or grocery store.

It’s easy to make dessert, and you can grab and go to your lunchtime!

Anko (red-bean paste)

First, Let’s make Anko.

Please check my former video on how to make Anko from scratch.

Of course, you can use a store-bought. Choose the one with low sugar content if you can.

Dorayaki Pancakes

Next, let’s talk about Dorayaki pancakes.

Usually, Dorayaki is very sweet.

The batter contains a lot of sugar to keep it soft.

I don’t want my Dorayaki too sweet, so I reduce the amount of the sugar.

Nowadays, Mochi texture Dorayaki pancakes are trendy in Japan, so I introduce you to the one with mochi-ko.

The texture is chewy, we say mochi-mochi and it is so delicious!

You can freeze the Dorayaki and keep in the freeezer, take it out when you want it of somebody comes to your house, serve with green tea and it would be great tea time.

But, you can’t freeze the one with whipping cream. It’s going to melt if you re-heat in the microwave.

I hope you will like the recipe!


Japanese pancakes with red bean paste
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 10 Dorayaki


  • 75 g Mochi-ko (sticky rice flour/sweet rice flour)
  • 100 ml water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 80 g sugar
  • 75 g all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp Mirin (or honey)

Baking soda solution

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ts water


  • 300~400 g Anko (red-bean paste)
  • Whipping cream


10~12 regular-size (8~10cm) DORAYAKI or 20 small-size (4~5cm) DORAYAKI

    Dorayaki Batter

    • Combine mochi-ko and water.
    • Crack your eggs in a large bowl.
      Whisk until egg yolks and white well combine.
      Try not to make foam on the surface. If there are foams, the pancakes cook unevenly.
    • Add in sugar and whisk until well combine.
      The sugar should be dissolve in the egg but, the weather getting colder, so it's not easy to dissolve just by whisking.
      It's better to warm it up with hot water.
      Whisk constantly while warming.
      When you touch the egg mixture, and you don't feel anything, it's good to go.
    • Pour one forth of the egg mixture into the rice flour paste.
      Whisk well to make a smooth paste.
      Mix well and make sure there is no lump.
      Use a spatula at first to loosen up the rice paste.
      Then switch to a whisk.
      Add in the rest of the egg mixture in three stages and whisk well each time.
    • Shift in your flour, and whisk to combine.
      Let your whisk go around the bowl and lotate the bowl at the same time, like this.
      You can mix the flour at the minimum mixing.
      Bacause I don't want to develop the gluten so much. 
      To avoid overmixing, use your whisk like this to make fluffy Dorayaki pancakes. 
    • Add in Mirin and baking soda solution.
      Mirin gives a nice browning on the surface. If you don't have it, substitute with honey.
      Pass through a sieve to remove any lumps.
      Cover with plastic, and let it sit for at least 30 mins to relax the gluten.
    • 〈Electric griddle〉
      Pre-heat the electric griddle on 130 to 140℃, if you have one.
      Grease the surface with a little bit of vegetable oil.
      Grease the surface with a little bit of vegetable oil.
      If there is a lot of oil remains, your dorayaki will have uneven browning.
      Drop a ladleful of the batter onto the surface. It's about 7 to 8 cm in diameter round.
      You don't have to spread the batter because it will spread by itself while heating. All you want to do to make round shape pancake is scoop the same amount of the batter.
      Cook until the bubbles coming up to the surface for about 2 to 3 mins.
      Carefully flip it over and cook another 1 min.
      Take out onto a tray.
    • 〈Non-stick pan〉
      Pre-heat on very low heat. 
      Do the same as electric griddle
    • 〈All Anko Dorayaki〉
      To assemble Dorayaki, simply sandwich a tablespoon of Anko and press down to stick each other.
      Wrap with a piece of plastic, and put it together even tighter.
      Do the same to the larger Dorayaki.
    • 〈Anko and whipping cream〉
      Here is the one in trend in Japan.
      Place a little bit less amount of Anko in the center and spread it.
      Top with a spoonful of whipping cream and sandwich with a pancake.
    Keyword dorayaki, japanese cake, japanese food, japanese pancake, japanese recipe, japanese sweets, panko, red bean paste
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