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Bisquick Japanese Pancakes

I love weekend mornings. We generally spend them together as a family preparing a fabulous late morning brunch. We have the usual dishes such as scrambled eggs, toast, bacon, fruit and, of course, pancakes. The kids usually make the batter and add different things to make them their own. Japanese pancakes are not much different from standard American pancakes for the ingredients. Buttermilk is typically one of the common ingredients added to these pancakes, and it’s simple to make if you don’t have any on hand. Simply add one teaspoon of vinegar into a measuring cup and fill the rest of the way with regular milk as necessary depending on your recipe. Be sure to beat the eggs well as this helps to give them that fluffy, sponge-like texture.

Japanese Pancake Fun Facts

  • Famous for their jiggly appearance
  • Japanese pancakes are also called hotcakes or souffle pancakes
  • Japanese pancakes date back to the 16th century
  • In the late 1940s after WWII, Hiroshima citizens found metallic sheets in the rubble and baked these pancakes to survive
Japanese Pancakes

Japanese Pancakes

Traditionally, the best way to make Japanese pancakes is with a mold. However, I don’t always use one in this recipe. It won’t affect the taste or texture, they’ll just be flat, as opposed to round and thick. When they are ready, I suggest adding fresh berries, maple syrup, melted chocolate, or toppings of your choice.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups Bisquick
  • ¼ tsp baking soda

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together two eggs, three quarters of a cup of  buttermilk, one-quarter cup of sugar, and one-half teaspoon of vanilla, until well blended.
  • Add one and one-half cups of Bisquick, and one-quarter teaspoon of baking soda. Stir until just combined. Do not over mix.
  • Heat an oiled skillet on low until hot, and drop some of the batter into it. Flip after bubbles appear. Use a spatula to turn the pancake.
  • Continue cooking the pancake until the middle is fully cooked.
  • Serve with fruit and warm syrup.
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Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

Some stores carry Japanese pancake mixes, but there really is nothing like the taste of homemade. When I first made these, they didn’t turn out like expected. I soon discovered that I hadn’t beaten the eggs long enough, and over mixed the batter; so don’t be discouraged if they don’t turn out exactly as planned the first time.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups Bisquick
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, blend one and one-half cups of Bisquick, three tablespoons of icing sugar and one tablespoon of baking powder.
  • In a separate bowl, stir one and one-quarter cups of buttermilk, four tablespoons of melted butter, one teaspoon of vanilla extract and the egg yolk. Mix until well combined.
  • In a small mixing bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat three egg whites with one-quarter teaspoon of cream of tartar. Continue beating for two minutes.
  • Combine the flour and milk mixture and stir until blended, being careful not to over mix.
  • Gently fold in the egg whites.
  • Spray the inside of four3-inch-high ring molds with cooking oil.
  • Spray a skillet with cooking oil and heat over medium heat. Place the prepared ring molds into the skillet and fill each one halfway with the pancake batter.
  • Cover the skillet. Flip the molds over when the batter has reached the top of the mold. Both sides should be golden brown.
  • Transfer to a serving dish and remove the mold.
  • Serve with melted butter and syrup.
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Japanese Chocolate Hazelnut Pancakes

Japanese Chocolate Hazelnut Pancakes

This is a great recipe for those who love pancakes and chocolate. The spongy, cake-like texture of these pairs well with the smooth creamy taste of the chocolate hazelnut spread, and could even act as a dessert rather than just a breakfast dish. I’ve included a chocolate hazelnut spread recipe, in the event you would like to make your own.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

Pancakes

  • 1 ½ cups Bisquick
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup chocolate hazelnut spread

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

  • 1 ½ cups hazelnuts
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil (use as needed)

Instructions
 

  • In a mixing bowl, sift one and one-half cups of Bisquick and one teaspoon of baking soda together.
  • In a separate large bowl, cream one egg, two egg yolks, one-half cup of caster sugar and one tablespoon of honey together and beat until smooth.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients in with the wet. Add the buttermilk, a little at a time, until smooth.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat.
  • Drop a tablespoon of batter into it and cook for two minutes, or until the pancake bubbles and sets. Flip and continue cooking for one minute.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining batter.
  • Spread half of the pancakes with chocolate hazelnut spread and place the other halves on top to form a sandwich. Enjoy!
  • To prepare a homemade version of chocolate hazelnut spread, first, preheat the oven to three hundred and fifty degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and spread the hazelnuts in an even layer. Bake for ten to fifteen minutes, or until the skins have split apart. Use a damp towel to take the skin off. Add the warm nuts and one cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips to a food processor. (If the nuts have cooled off, reheat them in the oven first to release their oil.) Add two tablespoons of honey and process until smooth. Add the vegetable oil if the spread appears too thick.
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Final Thought

For the best Japanese pancakes, make sure your cooking pan is clean and preheated before adding the batter. Eat them while they are hot, otherwise they will most likely deflate. Have fun cooking and enjoy!

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AboutEmma

Emma is a freelance writer who has a Bachelor’s in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. She first became interested in eating healthier and cooking homemade food when expecting her first child. After she made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom, she began to enjoy creating her own recipes across several types of cuisine. When she’s not busy cooking and writing or looking after her family, Emma enjoys long bike rides in nature. She also enjoys nature photography. Emma’s favorite nature areas, where she finds it easier to relax, include the mountains and the ocean.