Japanese Hot Cake

Japanese Hot Cakes are similar to American pancakes, but are a bit fluffier and have a little more sweetness. Hot cakes are a popular breakfast treat in Japan and often prepared using a packaged hot cake mix. No need for a hot cake mix here! They are also versatile, with a variety of toppings to choose from based on your tastes and what you may have on hand. Whipped cream with blueberries or blackberries, the options are limitless!

Fluffy and sweet Japanese hot cakes

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Fluffy and sweet Japanese hot cakes

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  • 2

    large eggs

  • ¾

    cup plus 1½ tablespoons milk

  • 1

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1⅔

    cups all-purpose flour

  • teaspoons baking powder

  • 3

    tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar


In a medium bowl, use a mixer to beat together eggs, milk and vanilla until foamy. In another medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and sugar. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to lightly, but quickly fold into the liquid ingredients until just incorporated. Allow resting until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Place a large skillet over medium-low heat and lightly grease with butter or oil. Once heated, pour 1/4 cup of the batter in prepared skillet. Once golden on bottom and bubbles begin to form on top, flip to the other side. Continue to cook until golden. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve immediately topped with maple syrup, butter, whipped cream or fresh berries.


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