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Cherry-Blossom Dorayaki with Cinnamon-Edamame Filling

April  9, 2012
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  • Makes 10
Author Notes

Dorayaki is a Japanese traditional snack of two pancake layers filled with a very sweet bean paste. To match the season, I aimed for a cherry blossom-color pancake cooked with actual blossoms. For the filling I wanted to preserve the bright green color of spring, so I choose an edamame filling. After making several times, I had to add food coloring because the juice alone didn't color the pancakes as I wished. —BoulderGalinTokyo

What You'll Need
  • Cherry-Blossom Pancakes
  • 250 grams bread flour, organic
  • 160 grams sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate juice (maybe grape?)
  • 10 Cherry Blossoms, dried in sea salt
  • optional: red food coloring (itty bitty 1 dye spoon)
  • Edamame Filling
  • 500 grams edamame, frozen OK; boiled and removed from outer husk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Mix dry ingredients. Then add wet ingredients. Mix with a hand-held mixer. Cover with cling wrap and let set for about an hour at room temperature.
  2. Make the Edamame Filling while waiting. Fill large saucepan with edamame, cover with water. Boil beans until soft (about 45 minutes). Drain. Remove inner bean skin (good job for the kids) by hand (see photo). Smash in food processor. Add sugar and return to heat and mix in salt and cinnamon. Keep stirring until smooth (like peanut butter).
  3. Wipe a little oil in a skillet with a paper towel. Drop pancake batter in a low-heat frypan or warm hot plate. Try to keep the size the same, about 3 inches in diameter. Use 1/4 cup to measure the dough, drop in pan. I used an iron cornbread griddle. Cook until bubbles come to surface, place a cherry blossom on the batter, then turn over to cook. Cook 20 pancakes to make 10 dorayaki.
  4. Spread filling on top of one pancake( should be pretty thick), top with another pancake with cherry blossom facing up. Let's dorayaki!
  5. NOTE: Don't pick blossoms from public cherry trees.

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  • BoulderGalinTokyo
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2 Reviews

BoulderGalinTokyo April 12, 2012
Thanks Mindy, The cherry blossoms should be put in a jar of sea salt. They last maybe a week. You can make a tea with konbu-cha that looks so pretty with the cherry in it. It's a celebratory drink used for the first day of school (last week).
LeBec F. April 11, 2012
Just wonderful. The cherry blossoms drying process is fascinating ! How long will the cherry bossoms last in the salt?the pomegranate juice is a great idea too.