Japanese-style Pancakes Recipe (Hotcakes)

Let’s make delicious plain Pancakes with an ice cream topping! We also enjoy light fluffy pancakes which are popular in Japan now, but these pancakes are filling and can be served as a light meal.

Japanese-style Pancakes (Hotcakes)

Course Dessert
Servings 2 pieces
Cook Time 30 minutes
Translator Get Francis Mug
Batter
Toppings
* 1 tablespoon (tbsp) = 15 ml, 1 teaspoon (tsp) = 5 ml
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Instructions

  1. Let’s make the batter. Combine the cake flour and the baking powder and mix it with a balloon whisk. Then, sieve the flour into a bowl with a mesh strainer.
  2. Beat the whole egg in a bowl. Add the sugar and mix to dissolve. Pour in the milk. Add the vegetable oil and the vanilla extract. Thoroughly mix the ingredients.
  3. Make a shallow hole in the flour and pour in the egg mixture. With a balloon whisk, gradually mix in the flour from the center to the outside. This will help avoid pockets of dry flour.
  4. When the flour is completely moistened, it is ready.
  5. Let’s make the pancakes. Thinly coat a pan with vegetable oil using a paper towel. Turn on the burner and heat the pan. Then, with a sizzling sound, slightly cool the pan on a dampened kitchen towel. This will help to brown the pancakes evenly.
  6. Ladle the batter into the pan. And cover.
  7. When small bubbles begin to form on top and the bottom is golden brown, flip it over and cover again.
  8. A tip to make the both sides puff up is to do this when the top is still in a fluid condition. Now, it is ready.
  9. On a plate, place 2 pancakes on top of each other. Dust the pancakes with icing sugar. Place a dollop of whipped cream on top. And spoon the vanilla ice cream onto it.
  10. Sprinkle on the diced almonds. Add a small amount of whipped cream. Finally, garnish with the mint leaves. Enjoy the pancakes with the maple syrup.

Recipe Notes

Avoid thickly greasing the pan to keep the pancake from having a patchy pattern. If you are using a non-stick pan, additional oil may not be required for the second pancake.
When the batter is too thick, add milk a little at a time to adjust its consistency.

This post was last modified on 09/23/2020

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  • Hello! Is it possible for me to substitute cake flour with self raising flour? :O If so, how should I change the recipe measurements :O Thank you!

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    • You can use all purpose flour instead of the cake flour.🥞😋 The cake flour (low gluten/protein flour) helps to create a light and fluffy texture. We are not familiar with self raising flour. It is not sold in regular stores in Japan. Sorry for the late reply.🙇 Hope you will try our pancake recipe❣️

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  • I tried this recipe it is now my favorite pancake recipe and will definitely make these pancakes again! Thank you for sharing this amazing pancake recipe with us! Keep up the great work

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    • So happy to hear that you enjoy the pancake recipe!🥞😋 Thank you so much❣️🐩👩‍🍳

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  • You are awesome. Very details.Arigato.

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    • You are welcome.😄 Douitashimashite.💗

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  • Awww, thanks! I was looking for them! It doesn't looking difficult, I think with you I will be able to make them!

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    • Wow! I saw your post and the hotcakes (pancakes) are beautiful! Thank you for trying our recipe.

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