I recently realized that I have not been participating in many food blogging events lately and I resolved to fix that. One upcoming event that caught my attention was the My Legume Love Affair event being hosted by Coco Cooks and this months theme was starters and desserts. I immediately thought about Japanese sweets with red bean paste and there were a few that were on my list of things that I wanted to try. At the top of my list was dorayaki which are essentially a pancake sandwich filled with sweet red bean paste. You should be able to find the sweet red bean paste at your local Asian grocery store or you can make your own red bean paste and it is pretty easy. The dorayaki are pretty simple to make as well. It is just a matter of making some pancakes and then sticking them together with the red bean paste in the middle. The dorayaki turned out really well! I don't know what it is about sweet red bean paste but I like it a lot and it went really well sandwiched between these pancakes. I also liked this pancake recipe as they came out nice and light and fluffy and perfectly golden brown.
Dorayaki(makes 4 dorayaki)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup flour
1/2 cup red bean paste (tsubushian)
1. Mix the eggs and sugar.
2. Mix the baking soda into the water and mix it into the eggs.
3. Mix in the honey and flour.
4. Heat a pan with a touch of oil.
5. Pour enough batter to make a 4 inch diameter pancake.
6. Heat until the surface starts to bubble and the bottom is golden brown, about 2-3 minutes.
7. Flip the pancake and cook the other side until the bottom is golden brown, about 1-2 minutes.
8. Make a sandwich out of two of the pancakes with red bean paste filling.
Other Japanese treats:
Azuki (Red Bean) Ice Cream
How to make red bean paste
If you are interested in participating in the My Legume Love Affair then take a look at the My Legume Love Affair host lineup.