Japanese Pancakes

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Japanese pancakes are different from American pancakes in that they’re 1) called hotcakes and 2) are incredibly fluffy with lots of height.  I had never really understood the difference until a few months ago, I was making my family pancakes and my mom lamented that they were flat. Whoops.  So I did some researching and found some hotcake recipes (specifically youtube channel Cooking with Dog) and made some hotcakes.  I loved the height on these pancakes and definitely enjoyed these. I think the key to the pancake batter was to let it rest a bit so that the baking powder could give it the rise it needed while also covering the pan so that the steam lifts the pancake itself.



-2 tbsp melted butter

-5 tbsp milk

-1 egg

-3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp AP flour

-2 tbsp cornstarch

– 1/2 tsp salt

-2 tbsp sugar

-1 tsp baking powder

-1 tsp vanilla extract



-牛乳 (70ml)

-卵 (1個)

-強力粉 (大さじ14)


– 塩 (小さじ1/2)

-砂糖 (大さじ2)




  1. Mix together the cornstarch, AP flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Add the egg, milk, vanilla and melted butter and stir until just combined.
  3. Let the batter sit in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes.
  4. Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat and spray with non-stick spray or butter.
  5. Pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto the pan and cover with a lid.  Cook until tiny bubbles burst along the edges of the pancake (about  2 to 3 minutes) and flip.
  6. Cook until the other side is golden brown (about 1 to 2 minutes) and remove from the pan.


  1. コーンスターチ、強力粉、塩、砂糖とベーキングを加えてよく混ぜる。
  2. 卵、バターと牛乳を加えよく混ぜます。混ぜすぎに注意。
  3. ホットケーキの生地を冷蔵庫に20分から30分おいときます。
  4. フライパンを弱火に温めて、生地がくっつかないようにバターを溶かします
  5. ホットケーキの生地を入れ、蓋を閉めて約2分ー3分焼きます。ホットケーキがふつふつしてきたら、ひっくり返します。
  6. ひっくり返して、両面がきつね色になったら出来上がり。

Quick tip: if you cool the pan between cooking each hotcake, it’ll even out the dispersion of heat and make sure that your hotcakes cook evenly.  Additionally, you’ll get less burnt hotcakes. You can eat these plain with a little butter and maple syrup or dress them up with powdered sugar, berries or chocolate.  Either way, they’re absolutely delicious!

Hugs and puppies!




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