Dorayaki(どら焼き, どらやき, 銅鑼焼き, ドラ焼き) is a type of Japanese confection, а red-bean pancake which consists of two small pancake-like patties made from castella wrapped around a filling of sweet Azuki red bean paste. Dorayaki are similar to Imagawayaki, but the latter are cooked with the batter completely surrounding the bean paste filling and are often served hot.
The original Dorayaki consisted of only one layer. Its current shape was invented in 1914 by Usagiya in the Ueno district of Tokyo.
In Japanese, dora means “gong”, and because of the similarity of the shapes, this is probably the origin of the name of the sweet. Legend has it that the first Dorayaki were made when a samurai named Benkei forgot his gong (dora) upon leaving a farmer’s home where he was hiding and the farmer subsequently used the gong to fry the pancakes, thus the name Dorayaki. Recently on face book i came across a very good friend of mine and my co-blogger Garima Narera Sarolia’s (from http://cafegarima.com/) post which she had posted under a monthly theme challenge which by hosed by me itself for this month. She made some amazing Dorayaki’s under Japanese Cuisine theme. Those fluffy pan cakes were something to die for.
Dorayaki commonly known as Dora Cakes in Indian mostly among children. Dora cakes happens to be the favorite snack of Doraemon (the cat robot) which is a very popular kid show.The minute my son saw Garima’s post he asked me to make some for him. So finally my Dora cakes aka Dorayakis are ready. Though the actuall filling is of red bean paste, but due to unavailability i preferred using Nutella which happens to be another favorite of both kids and adults. The recipe is adapted from http://cafegarima.com/2015/06/12/dora-cake-or-dorayaki-or-fulffy-golden-pancake-sandwich-from-japan/