How to make fluffy Japanese pancakes

It's Japanese Week on The Great British Bake Off, so we're making fluffy pancakes to celebrate!

fluffy japanese pancake

by Maria Martin |

We are celebrating The Great British Bake Off Japanese Week, with this recipe of fluffy Japanese-style pancakes. Simply yum.

Japanese pancakes, or Japanese Souffle Pancakes as they're also known, are cotton clouds of heaven that melt in your mouth. We're a bit obsessed with how bakers create these online, they look delicious.

While the ingredients for Japanese pancakes may be the same to regular pancakes we're used to making, there is one small difference: how you utilise the eggs.

Egg yolks and egg whites must be separated, with the whites whisked into a meringue. These whites are beaten to a stiff peak and then folded into the rest of the batter. This process creates air bubbles which hold their shape inside the batter to create such fluffy goodness.

Things you need to know before you start

After you make your batter you need to use it all at once, otherwise the batter will become runny, due to the lack of sugar content in the meringue.

Ingredients: Japanese Pancakes

2 egg yolks

¼ cup sugar (50 g)

½ cup milk (120 mL)

¾ cup pancake mix (95 g)

4 egg whites

butter, to serve

syrup, to serve

1 cup assorted berries (175 g), to serve

2 tsp sugar

Method: Japanese Pancakes

  1. Mix together the egg yolks, sugar, milk, and pancake mix in a very large bowl until it is smooth with no large lumps.
  1. In another large bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form when lifted.
  1. Carefully fold the egg whites into the pancake batter, until just incorporated, making sure not to deflate the batter.
  1. Grease two 3.5-inch (9 cm) metal ring moulds and set them in the middle of a pan over the lowest heat possible.
  1. Fill the moulds about three quarters of the way full with the batter, then cover the pan and cook for about 10 minutes, until the centre of the pancakes are slightly jiggly.
  1. Release the pancakes from the bottom of the pan with a spatula, then carefully flip them over, making sure not to spill any batter inside.
  1. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes, then serve with butter, syrup, and berries!

Video: The Tasty Cookbook

Tasty have created this fab recipe and filmed the whole thing. Watch their tempting video here...

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