Who invented Dorayaki?
The origin of the Japanese pancake, Dorayaki, goes back to feudal Japan. The story goes that a Samurai warrior misplaced his gong “dora” while seeking sanctuary at a farmer’s home. As the farmer did not know the gong’s purpose he instead used it as a surface to cook his pancakes “yaki”.
The original Dorayaki pancake was not in the distinctive sandwich style, this was invented by a sweet shop named Usagi-ya in Ueno, Tokyo which is still selling Dorayaki to this day. Although the dessert is regularly referred to as a pancake due to its appearance the cakes are in fact sponge cakes. Dorayaki cakes are based on a Portuguese introduction named “castell”, a light, soft sponge which has since become a speciality of Nagasaki.
Different Types of Dorayaki
The sweet adzuki red bean paste is the traditional filling for the Japanese pancake Dorayaki, as the sweet pastry has become more popular variations have become widespread. Different fillings for the dorayaki pancake include matcha, chocolate, condensed milk, custard cream, sweet potato cream, ice cream, chestnuts and many fruit jams.
What size is Dorayaki?
The Japanese pancake, Dorayaki, is a handheld snack approximately 3 - 4 inches in width. In Nara, within the Kansai region of Japan, Dorayaki are often served as a much larger version of 12 inches in diameter. The appearance of the pancake is similar to an American pancake except that to complete the dessert two pancakes come together with a filling of sweet red bean paste.
Is Dorayaki vegan?
The classic Dorayaki pancakes are not vegan as they contain eggs and milk. As with many recipes there are now vegan alternatives so it is possible to recreate a plant based version of Dorayaki. For a vegan version the eggs and milk can be replaced with soy milk and baking powder to replicate the light airy texture.
Filling and storage
The homemade red bean paste within this recipe can be stored in the refrigerator and kept for up to 7 days.
Fresh dorayaki pancakes can be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature in an airtight container. The pancakes should be consumed within 1-3 days and served at room temperature.