About a week or so ago, I had lunch with a lovely Japanese woman whose husband works with my Dad.
While I was at her house, I happened to mention how much I love anko. (Who am I kidding? I tell everyone how much I love anko.) Like magic, she pulled out a package of koshian and told me to take it home and enjoy.
Enjoy, I did. After doing a little internet research (Side note: can I put “highly skilled at internet research” on my resume?), I decided to attempt dorayaki, a kind of Japanese confectionery.
I’ve never tried to make any kind of Japanese sweet before, so dorayaki seemed like a good place to start. Basically, it’s a big ol’ glob of anko (red bean paste) sandwiched between two pancakes.
All I had to do was whip up a batch of pancakes, put some anko between two of ’em, and squish, squish, squish. In the end, I think I may have eaten more raw batter and plain anko than I did cooked dorayaki, but oh well. I’m a child.
Being the ultra-prepared chef that I am, I laid out all of the ingredients before I started cooking. Dorayaki doesn’t require much – just baking soda, flour, sugar, milk, eggs, honey, and anko.
To start, I whisked the honey, sugar, and eggs in a bowl and then stirred in the milk.
Next, I added the flour and baking soda to the egg mixture and mixed, mixed, mixed.
After thoroughly mixing the batter, I started frying the pancakes on a hot skillet. I put a tiny bit of oil on the pan to help keep the pancakes from sticking!
After bubbles started to form on the surface of the pancake, it was time to flip!
Next, it was dorayaki squishing time! This was the fun part! First, I put one pancake on top of a piece of plastic wrap.
Then, I piled on the anko and put a second pancake on top. This was the first one that I made and I went a little too light on the anko. I did not make the same mistake on the rest!
I definitely wasn’t afraid to stop and taste test the anko.
After putting together the dorayaki “sandwich,” I wrapped it up in the plastic wrap and squished it all together!
Filled with anko goodness.
A Taste Test
As per usual, I made everyone in the house taste my Japanese culinary masterpiece.
Though some people refused to cooperate…
Here’s to a great week!