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Named for its resemblance to a dora gong, dorayaki is worth ringing a bell about. It’s like breakfast for dessert… but better! Two soft pancakes sandwich a sweet red bean filling… and if you’re inspired, you can add other fillings to suit your mood – try ice cream in the summer or a roasted chestnut in the fall.

Serve dorayaki with bitter green tea or strong coffee


Makes approximately 6 small dorayaki (7 – 8cm diameter). Use weight measurements if you have a scale – it’s more accurate.

  • 75 g egg (1.5 large eggs)
  • 75g white sugar (1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp)
  • ½ Tbsp mirin
  • ½ Tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp baking soda + 2½ Tbsp water for dissolving
  • 90g all-purpose or pastry flour (scant 1 cup)
  • 1 tin or ½ bag of koshi an (sweet red bean paste)


  1. Set aside a little time. This recipe isn’t hard, but it can take an hour or more to make all the little pancakes.
  2. Sift flour and set aside.
  3. Prep wet ingredients. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Add the mirin and honey whisk vigorously until the mixture is viscous and thick or until your arm falls off. An electric beater works, too.
  4. Prep the baking soda. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the water, and whisk into the egg mix.
  5. Mix wet and dry, and chill. Slowly whisk in the flour until totally incorporated and the batter is smooth, cover with saran wrap and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  6. Heat a large frying pan to medium heat and add a Tbsp or less of vegetable oil.
  7. Thin batter if required. Remove the batter from the fridge, whisk in another 2 ½ Tbsp of water to thin out.
  8. Make pancakes. Uniform shape and size make these pancakes easier to pair up, so make them in several rounds of pancake pairs..Drop Tablespoon-fulls of batter onto the hot frying pan, creating an even number of small pancakes of the same diameter. Once the bottom is browned and bubbles on the surface have popped, flip and continue cooking. Take off the pan and transfer to a plate to cool.
  9. Fill with an. Once cooled, spoon the koshi-an onto the less attractive side of one pancake, and spread it so it’s thicker in the middle. Sandwich with its mate pancake, pretty side out.

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