Everything You Need to Know About Dorayaki

Everything You Need to Know About Dorayaki


Dorayaki is a delicious sweet tweet that is one of Japan’s cutest traditional dishes! It is the perfect way to finish a tasty Japanese meal so let’s dive into learning more about these pancake-like delights. 

What is dorayaki?

Dorayaki is a popular Japanese dessert consisting of two fluffy pancakes made from a sweet batter, typically filled with sweet red bean paste known as Anko in the centre. The pancakes are cooked on a hob or grill and then sandwiched together with the sweet filling. They’re often enjoyed as a snack or dessert in Japan and are known for their soft texture and sweet taste. You can find lots of recipes online that are simple to follow if you are keen to taste these fluffy treats, or head to your favourite Japanese restaurant to give them a try.

The history of dorayaki

The beloved Japanese confection, Dorayaki, originated in the early 20th century, initially known as “mikasa-yaki.” Its name evolved from “dora,” referring to the gong-shaped pancakes, and “yaki,” meaning grilled or baked. Widely popularised during World War II due to its affordability, dorayaki has since become a staple in Japanese sweets culture. Legend suggests it was created by accident when a samurai forgot his gong, which was then used to cook pancakes!

What can dorayaki be filled with?

Whilst dorayaki are traditionally filled with red bean paste, just like most Japanese delicacies, people have created different recipes and variations over the years. Popular fillings now also include nutella or other chocolate spreads, custard or jams. The options really are endless once you have nailed the basics of making dorayaki. 

Can dorayaki be made vegan?

Yes! Just like many recipes, dorayaki can be adapted to different dietary requirements so everyone can enjoy these tasty pancakes whether you are vegan, dairy free or gluten free. There are a few swaps that will need to be made for the recipe to fit your needs. Firstly, replace the eggs in the recipe with mashed banana or silken tofu, swap out honey for sugar or maple syrup and replace plain flour with a gluten free flour instead but make sure it contains starches to keep a similar texture. 

Dorayaki can be enjoyed on their own or served with fresh fruit, ice-cream, sorbet or pouring cream – the choice is yours! Next time you are craving a pancake-like treat, why not give dorayaki a go, you might just find your new favourite dessert!

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