Dorayaki are delicious snacks that can be enjoyed for any meal of the day. They are usually treated as a dessert in Japan because they are quite sweet. Dorayaki are simply pancake and red bean sandwiches. I have also had some filled with a custard-like cream which are also delicious. I've always gotten them made fresh from a food stand with my grandma and grandpa as a treat when I was younger. I've finally found a great homemade recipe for gluten=free and vegan dorayaki that are more wholesome! I would totally eat these for breakfast and feel no shame!
The pancakes I made are just made like a traditional pancake: on a skillet. There are special cake moulds you can purchase to shape dorayaki into various things...like fish. These fish-shaped cakes are referred to as taiyaki. They're pretty cute.
The filling I made is a sweet jam of sorts made out of azuki beans. These beans are the same ones that I used in my onigiri recipe. They are so versatile!
I've found, while working with beans in sweet recipes, that adding a bright flavor can help bring everything together. I love adding orange to red beans. I think the bright and sweet fragrance helps to liven up the beans and add some depth to them. Traditionally, red bean paste (tsubu-an) is made with a ton of white sugar. I'm not a fan of one-note desserts. Anything that is too sweet is inedible in my book, so I try to dial back sweeteners and add in other flavors for interest. I usually dial back the sugar that's called for in any dessert recipe by up to half and I can't say I notice any decrease in quality of taste. Sometimes, I can't do this, if I'm making icing for example. However, there are always other types of sweeteners that are great substitutes for sugar...but that's for another post! ^_^
I loved the earthy taste of these dorayaki. I added orange zest and juice to both the cakes and the filling to compliment and balance the red beans. I loved the fragrance of the batter as it cooked! Never underestimate the power of aromatherapy! If you aren't too keen on azuki beans, try using any other jam of your choice. You can also put nut butter in between the cakes...how could that be bad?
If you don't care for orange, or want to mix it up, try adding in lemon zest, apple juice, cinnamon, pumpkin, or any other feel-good flavor you can think of. Hmm...pumpkin spice dorayaki...that just might be my next post! =D
So, like I said, try these little guys out for your next after school/after gym/after sleeping snack and then maybe for dessert later in the day... ;) Multi-purpose foods rock.
Yield: about 5 assembled cakes (2 pancakes each)
Cake recipe adapted from Kansha by Elizabeth Andoh
* Alternately, you may use 1/4 cup more gluten-free all purpose flour in place of the millet and tapioca, though this may change the consistency a bit. It may be more dense.
Tsubu-An (Red Bean Jam)
Yield: a little more than 1 cup
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This is my very first food blog! I post revised conventional recipes of foods that I hold near and dear to my heart. My cooking here is all gluten-free and cruelty-free, but full of flavor and comfort.