Packets of Japanese hotcake mix are convenient and delicious. But here is some great news for those of you who have been having difficulty accessing this hot cake mix. With this recipe, you can now make your own at home!
Hottokēki (Japanese Hot Cake)
Japanese hotcakes always get attention from the world. This is because the Japanese take anything ordinary to the next level. You will see what I mean by reading the following “Extra thick and fluffy Japanese pancake” and “Japanese souffle pancake“. Those two posts remain all-time popular posts of Chopstick Chronicles.
Hotcake or Pancake?
I researched whether there is any difference between hotcakes and pancakes. My answer is NO. There is no difference between them. The majority of the Japanese call them hotcakes (hottokēki) which are known as Japanese style pancakes in other countries.
Unlike Hot Cake, Pancake Mix of the commercial package, you only need three ingredients. The ingredients are flour, baking powder, and powdered icing sugar to make the Japanese hotcake mix. This is as good as real Japanese hottokēki mix and actually better because you know what’s in the mix.
Packaging the hot cake mix as a gift
I initially got this cute idea of making the pancake mix as a gift from Brook Larks’ “Holiday Gift Jar”. She is one of the food photographers who I admire and thought this is such a cute idea. So I created a PDF Japanese hottokēki mix label. You can print them on a normal paper and like I did, use washi masking tape to stick them onto jars or print directly onto sticker paper.
How to make Japanese hotcakes with this mix?
You will need one egg, 3 tbsp of natural greek yoghurt, and 1/3 cup + 2 tsp of milk. Beat the egg in a medium bowl, add yoghurt and milk and combine them all together. Then empty the mix of dry ingredients into the bowl and combine them all together with a wooden spatula. Leave it for 10-15 min.
I found it best to cook them on a non-sticking pan. I usually use one side of an electric sandwich maker. Pour one ladle of hottokēki mixture onto the sandwich maker. Small Bubbles will appear after about 1 minute, then with an egg flipper, flip the hotcake to cook the other side for about 2 minutes.
Similar to American pancakes have Japanese hottokēki topped with maple syrup, butter, and whipped cream. You can add chopped bananas, strawberry, and other fruit.
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- 1cup/130g all purpose flour
- 4 tbsp powdered sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- Sift all ingredients onto a parchment paper.
- Put them in a jar.
- Cover with the lid, tie a ribbon and stick the label onto the front of the jar.