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Dorayaki, Japanese Pancakes

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Dorayaki are one of the most popular Japanese confectioneries. loved buy grownups and children! They are usually made using Anko, a sweet red bean paste, sandwiched between 2 sweet Japanese pancakes, but we substituted it with Nutella and it was a great sussess!

Also, a popular Japanese TV cartoon character called “Doraemon” loves Dorayaki. It is very easy to make Dorayaki at home, and, of course, they are very delicious, what makes them different from usual pancakes, is the use of honey and the lack of butter in the mixture.

They keep very well for a few days if covered with cling film, with these quantities we made 24 small single pancakes, making 12 sandwiches.

Dorayaki recipe, A pinch of Italy

Dorayaki, Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Nutella

Method:

  1. Mix flour and baking powder in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the 2 eggs, sugar, and honey together. Add the milk and mix well.
  3. Stir the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, and whisk until batter becomes smooth and lump free.
  4. Heat non-stick frying pan with a small amount of butter and wipe excess oil well using kitchen paper. At medium low heat, drop a small amount of batter onto the pan, like a small pancake. Cook about 1 minutes until the surface of the pancake has a lot of bubbles and the edges become dry and golden. Flip over and cook 30 more seconds.
  5. Transfer to a plate and cover with a wet paper towel so they won’t become dry.
  6. Take one cake and place a heaping tablespoon of Nutella and cover with another cake. press lightly with your with hands and pinch to seal the edges of the pancakes together.
  7. Enjoy!

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Ham and cheese pancakes, crispy with a delicious gooey filling, a wonderful treat dinner for you and your children if you have any!

ham and cheese pancakes, a pinch of italy

ham and cheese pancakes, Ingredients


For the dough

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • a knob of butter

    for the filling

  • 200g of cooked ham
  • 100 gr grated mozzarella
  • 100g cheddar
  • 200ml white sauce

    for breading

  • 1 egg
  • breadcrumbs to taste
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • oil for frying or spray oil if you want to oven bake

Method: 


In a thick-bottomed saucepan bring the milk to the boil with a little butter and salt.
As soon as the milk reaches a boil, remove the pan from the heat and add the sifted flour in one go.
Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon vigorously as the dough will be very thick.
Once cooled, place the dough on a floured surface and knead until it is smooth and homogeneous, at this point the mixture should be nice and soft, a bit like play dough.

Wrap the dough with cling film and let it rest until it has completely cooled.

Once cool, put the dough on a floured surface and roll it out about 3mm thick. With a pastry cutter or a large cup cut circles of your chosen size.
Put the cheeses, cooked ham and sauce in a food processor and coarsely chop and use the mixture to fill your discs of dough.
Close every Pancake on itself by giving it the classic “1/2 moon” shape and seal the edges with your fingertips.
At this point dip your pancaked in beaten egg with a pinch of salt and soon after in the breadcrumbs.
Arrange the pancakes on a tray and keep them in the fridge until ready to cook.
You can pan fry them a couple of minutes on each side in hot oil and then place them on kitchen paper, or bake at 180C degrees for 20 minutes, taking care, however, to pour a little oil on the pancakes before baking.
You can also decide to put your pancakes, before cooking, in food in bags and freeze them.
You can do all sorts of fillings, such as, cheese, spinach, mozzarella and béchamel, Parmigiano, mushrooms and béchamel, Smoked salmon, béchamel and chive and so on!

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Baked Oats, Slimming World Friendly

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Baked Oats is a filling and utterly yummy breakfast, the whole dish is 1/2 syn per person, that if you cook it with the fruit inside (as you might know, cooked fruit has a syn value – but if you bake it without the fruit and have it fresh with it, Baked Oats id syn free!

If your are not on Slimming World, this is a wonderful dish anyway, so give it a try!

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