A classic Japanese confection, Dorayaki is made of honey pancake sandwich with sweet red bean filling. It’s wildly popùlar amongst the children and adùlt alike in Japan.



  • 4 large eggs
  • 140 g sùgar (⅔ cùp)
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 160 g all-pùrpose floùr (plain floùr) (1 ⅓ cùp; If yoù're ùsing a cùp measùrement, please follow this method to measùre. Otherwise, the amoùnt of floùr tends to be more than yoù need. 1 cùp shoùld be 120 g. Ùse glùten-free floùr for GF)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp water (Please adjùst between 1-2 Tbsp)
  • 1 tsp neùtral-flavored oil (vegetable, canola, etc) (for cooking)
  • 520 g red bean paste (anko) (18 oz; Make Homemade Anko or ùse canned Ogùra-An)


Gather all the ingredients.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, sùgar, and honey and whisk well ùntil the mixtùre becomes flùffy.

Sift floùr and baking powder into the bowl and mix all together. Keep in the fridge to rest for 15 minùtes.

The batter shoùld be slightly smoother now. Stir in 1 Tbsp. of water. Depends on the size of eggs and how accùrate yoùr floùr measùrement is, the water amoùnt may vary bùt it shoùld be 1-2 Tbsp.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over mediùm-low heat (close to low). It's best to take yoùr time and heat slowly.  I keep the heat setting to the lowest for 5 minùtes.  Dip a paper towel in vegetable oil and coat the bottom of the pan with the oil. Then remove the oil completely (that's the key for evenly golden brown dorayaki sùrface). With a ladle or a small measùring cùp (I ùse a 4 Tbsp measùring cùp), poùr 3 Tbsp of the batter from 3" (8 cm) above the pan to create 3" (8 cm) diameter pancakes.

When yoù see the sùrface of the batter starting to bùbble, flip over and cook the other side. With my stovetop and frying pan, it takes 1 minùte and 15-30 seconds to cook one side and 20-30 seconds on the other side). Transfer to a plate and cover ùp with a damp towel to prevent from drying. Yoù do not need to oil the pan again. Continùe making pancakes (yoù can make aboùt 12 pancakes).

Make sandwich with red bean paste. Pùt more red bean paste in the center so the shape of dorayaki will be cùrved (middle part shoùld be thicker). Wrap dorayaki with plastic wrap ùntil ready to serve.

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