Dorayaki- sweet stuffed Japanese pancake

Since I’m on a “making up mode” for not being active in the kitchen last week I decided to make dorayaki today. Dorayaki is a Japanese pancake filled with sweet mashed red or adzuki beans. My pancakes came out kind of thick but they’re soft, almost cake-like (the way I make my pancakes) and I made sure there was a balance in sweetness on the red beans and the pancakes. Here's the recipe:

For the filling:
1 cup adzuki bean
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the pancakes:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon matcha tea powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
3/4 cup water

For the bean paste:
Soak adzuki beans in water overnight
Put the beans in a pot with one cup of water.
Add two more cups of water when it starts boiling. When they come to a boil again, drain the beans in a colander.
Return the beans to the pot, add three cups of fresh water, and cook over high heat.
When the beans begin to jump around after the water comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer until the beans are soft. If necessary, add water so that the beans are always covered. Make sure to skim off any foam that appears on the surface.
When the beans are soft enough to break between your fingers, drain them in a colander.
Return the beans to the pot again and mix in the sugar.
Mash the beans continuously over medium heat until almost all the water has evaporated and a paste has formed. I left some beans partly mashed because I want some bite in the filling.
Add the salt and stir over medium heat for about 5 minutes more.
Remove from heat and transfer the paste to a container so that it can cool.

For the pancakes
Whisk eggs with sugar and honey in a mixing bowl.
Add sifted flour and baking powder.
Slowly add water while whisking until smooth.
Drop ¼ cup of batter on a lightly oiled fry pan or griddle. When bubbles start to appear, turn over the pancakes and cook briefly on the other side until golden.
Spread about two tablespoons of adzuki bean paste on one pancake, then cover it with another to make a sandwich.


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