It’s just an easy transition! The ingredients to make a Dorayaki cake are almost the same as one to make a pancake, except Dorayaki cake batter usually requires more sugar and eggs. So, you could actually switch the recipe a little by adding a little more sugar and adding another egg or two to make it a Dorayaki cake batter. Then sandwich the pancakes with some Anko (red bean paste)!
According to Wikipedia, “ Dorayaki is a type of Japanese confection which consists of two small pancake-like patties made from kasutera wrapped around a filling of sweet red bean paste.It originally only had one layer, and the current shape was invented in 1914 by the Ueno Usagiya.
In Japanese, dora means "gong", and this is probably the origin of the name of the sweet. Legend has it that the first Dorayaki were made when a samurai named Benkei forgot his gong (dora) upon leaving a farmer’s home where he was hiding and the farmer subsequently used the gong to fry the pancakes, thus the name Dorayaki.”
For my version of Dorayaki,I just added about 2 tablespoon of sugar to my Whole Wheat Pancake batter, a simple and quick switcheroo. Thus, making it a Whole Wheat Dorayaki? I poured the “improved” batter into 3 inch discs and cook them like how I would, a pancake! Then I sandwiched about 2 tbsp of store bought Anko (sweetened red bean paste) between 2 Dorayaki cakes! Voila – Whole Wheat Dorayaki! The recipe yielded me 6 Dorayakis! =)If you do not fancy or have a hard time finding sweetened red bean paste, you could make the Anko paste yourself or think outside the box and use different fillings. Peanut butter, Jam, Hazelnut Chocolate, Coconut Jam (Kaya)…so many possibilities to make it personal! It’s yummilicious and easy to eat on the go for either breakfast, snack or dessert! Make some up, wrap them individually and leave it in the fridge for your hungry household! Here are some of my Dorayakis, each wrapped with wax paper and bounded by a decorative paper band to make it look pretty! They will be breakfast food or snacks for husband and I the next few days!