Easy Homemade Dorayaki Recipe

Let’s make a super yummy Japanese pancake called Dorayaki! It’s soft, sweet, and filled with delicious hazelnuts or traditional red bean paste. With simple ingredients like eggs, sugar, honey, and flour, we’ll whip up these fluffy treats in no time. Perfect for snacks or dessert, this recipe is fun and easy to follow. Let’s get started!

Ingredients for Pancakes:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 40g granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 90g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 10 ml water
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  • Hazelnut spread (as needed) or homemade hazelnut paste


  1. Prepare the Batter:
    • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, honey, and vanilla extract until the mixture is frothy and well combined.
    • Sift the all-purpose flour and baking powder into the egg mixture. This helps avoid lumps and ensures a smooth batter.
    • Add the water to the mixture and whisk until you have a smooth, lump-free batter. Let the batter rest for about 15 minutes, allowing the flour to absorb the liquid and the gluten to relax.
  2. Cook the Pancakes:
    • Heat a non-stick skillet or a flat griddle over low to medium heat. Lightly grease it with a little oil, wiping off any excess with a paper towel.
    • Pour a small ladleful of batter onto the skillet to form a pancake about 10cm (4 inches) in diameter. Cook until small bubbles form on the surface and the edges look set, about 1-2 minutes.
    • Flip the pancake carefully and cook for another 1-2 minutes on the other side until golden brown. Remove from the skillet and let it cool on a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  3. Prepare the Filling:
    • If you’re using store-bought hazelnut spread, it’s ready to use. For a homemade hazelnut paste, blend roasted hazelnuts until smooth, adding a bit of oil to achieve the desired consistency. You can sweeten it with sugar or honey to taste.
  4. Assemble the Dorayaki:
    • Take one pancake and spread a generous amount of hazelnut filling over one side. Place another pancake on top, pressing down gently to sandwich the filling in between.
  5. Serving:
    • Serve your homemade hazelnut dorayaki immediately, or wrap them in plastic wrap to keep them moist if serving later. They’re perfect for a snack, dessert, or a special treat with tea or coffee.

Enjoy crafting this delightful twist on a traditional Japanese favorite, ensuring a unique taste experience with the rich, nutty flavor of hazelnuts!

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