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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A Twist on a Japanese Favorite: Sesame Dorayaki

I remember visiting Japanese shopping centers with my mom when I was younger. The underground level was always a bustling food court that had everything from shabu shabu to beautifully decorated mochi. I could easily spend hours wandering the food halls and sampling a myriad of snacks.

Sesame Dorayaki
One of these delicious desserts was Dorayaki. Dorayaki was basically sweet red bean paste filling sandwiched between two small sweet and fluffy pancakes. These were usually freshly made and served hot.

I made Dorayaki with a sweet sesame paste filling instead. They turned out so well that I told myself I would be making these again soon (with ice cream).

Sesame Dorayaki
Makes about 4 Dorayaki

  • 1 egg
  • 90g of all purpose flour
  • 70g of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tbsp of honey
  • 1/2 tbsp of melted butter
  • 20g of cold water
  • 20g of milk
  • Cooking spray
  • Sesame filling: 1/2 cup of roasted black sesame, 1/8 cup of brown sugar, 1/8 cup of softened butter
  1. Beat egg in a medium bowl until bubbly. Add sugar and honey. Continue to beat until thickened slightly. 
  2. Add baking soda and milk into the bowl and mix well.
  3. Sift flour and add flour to mixture. Let it stand for 15 minutes.
  4. Add butter and water to the mixture and stir until well incorporated. 
  5. Heat a small nonstick pan over medium heat and coat pan with some cooking spray. Ladle 1 tbsp of batter onto the pan and let it cook until the surface begins to bubble. Flip and cook the other side until the pancake is well browned. Repeat with remaining pancakes.
  6. With a mortar and pestle, mix sesame filling ingredients together until well incorporated. Taste and adjust sugar or sesame level if necessary. 
  7. Spread some paste on top of one pancake and cover with a second pancake. Enjoy your Dorayaki!


  1. incredible...looks so incredible..I could gobble up all at one time..:P
    Tasty Appetite

  2. I love pancakes in any form and these look extra special with that sweet black sesame filling!

  3. Wow, I love Japanese food. But this dish is something which I have never tasted. Sounds and looks so authentic!

  4. i've never seen something like this before! pancakes with any type of filling is always a winner :D. great photography jessica!

  5. I've never tried this before either, but it looks delicious! Thanks for sharing - I love learnig about new foods!

  6. Never heard of dorayaki before, but you make it look so tempting!

  7. That is such an interesting recipe! I'd love to try it.

  8. Wow, I'd love to sample this new to me type of pancake. That filling sounds wonderful!!!

  9. I hope to find black sesame for make this beautiful recipe!

  10. Dorayaki is Doraemon's favorite! I enjoy mine with red bean. I might like the sesame one too - just that I have not tried this flavor before.

  11. I love Dorayaki especially red bean filling and custard :) I will try this sesame filling soon :)

  12. I have never had dorayaki before...It looks delicious! :)

  13. Dorayaki!!! Sweet memories! They look great, especially with that twist.

  14. I'm a sucker for Japanese sweets. The red bean paste filling looks amazing between those fluffy pancakes.

  15. Dorayaki!!! This is my first time on your blog and I was browsing...and of course this caught my attention! It's a great idea to use sesame as filling. Like Chinese mochi sweets (inside has black sesame paste... not sure how you call it). I eat store bought dorayaki once in a while and make homemade very occasionally. You totally made me want to eat this version! Looks so good...