1: Japanese Hotcakes

This might be considered a bit of a cheat, in that I’m not really sure if pancakes constitute baking.  However, it’s the first proper weekend of the new year, and the thought of eating hot, fluffy pancakes, drizzled with maple syrup has been on my mind all week.  I came across hot cakes a couple of years ago when I was attempting to up the stakes on pancake day one year by serving pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Working backwards, I’d decided on savoury pancakes for dinner, with traditional sugar and lemon pancakes for lunch and had decided on Scotch pancakes for breakfast.  Hunting a recipe for the scotch pancakes led me to discover Japanese Hotcakes; these were supposedly light and fluffy pancakes.  I made up a batch and wow!  Light, fluffy and yummy to eat.


Of course, discovering Hotcakes also led me to discovering pancake art.  Who knew that pancake art was a thing?  I surely didn’t, although after whiling away an hour or so on YouTube I was fairly well educated.  Although, also sensible enough to know my limits, I think I’ll stick with the simple options of love hearts…

Japanese Hotcakes – makes about 20 (Recipe courtesy of La Fuji Mama)

  • 2 eggs,
  • 200ml milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 8g baking powder
  • 40g caster sugar
  • Optional – cocoa powder for ‘art’
  1. Beat eggs, milk and vanilla until light and fluffy – about 3 minutes in the mixer
  2. Add the dry ingredients and mix to combine.  Leave to stand for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Heat a heavy frying pan, drop dollops of mixture into the pan, or become creative and pipe ‘art’ – if I’m attempting art, I reserve some of the mixture, add some cocoa powder and then put this in a piping bag to pipe into the pan.  Once I’ve piped the ‘art’ (I can normally manage love hearts), I let this set for a short while before adding the plain batter over it to form a circle, then carry on to step 4.
  4. Cook on one side until bubbles start to appear (about 2 minutes), then turn over to brown the other side.
  5. Remove to a warm plate.



These are lovely served with maple or golden syrup, fresh fruit, frozen berries – basically anything that takes your fancy…

You could be quite creative with them…

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