Vegan Dorayaki with Anko Paste (red beans paste)

Delicious pancakes filled with sweet paste made from adzuki beans.
Japanese version of breakfast and dessert.

Anko Paste Ingredients:

  • 200 gr dry Azuki Beans
  • water
  • 200 gr sugar or cup of dates and few tbsp of sugar
  • pinch of salt

Method:

Soak the beans overnight (at least 12 hours). On the next day rinse the beans and put them to the pot covered with water. Turn the heat on and bring it to boil. When boiling, take the pan off the stove and let it stand for about 5 minutes, then drained the water with sieve.
Put the beans back to the pot and add water. Turn the heat on and once it start to boil reduce it to medium and cook the beans until soft. The water should evaporate but the bens should be cooked by then so you might need to add additional water. Pay attention to the beans. They will be cooking for about an hour. Once the beans are ready start adding the sugar or if you want the paste to be healthier – add chopped dates or dates syrup and additional sugar. The paste should be sweet but if you don’t want too sweet food – just taste it and add as much as you want. Stir until you reach paste consistency. You can either leave it chunky or blend it to smooth paste.
Keep in the fridge up to 1 week or freeze up till 1 month.

Pancakes Ingredients:

  • ½ cup white cake flour
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup plant milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp soy sauce
  • coconut oil for frying

Method:

Sift the flour and add sugar and baking powder.
In the separate bowl add milk, maple syrup and soy sauce.
Whisk together and pour to the dry ingredients. Stir until your batter will be nicely combined. It should be thick enough to pour it, not too runny.
Set on the side for about 10 minutes.
Add a bit of oil to the pan and heat it. I use a towel or a brush to spread the oil evenly.
When the pan is hot, reduce the heat and pour about 2 tbsp of batter for each pancake.
Cook them for about 2 minutes until lightly brown, then flip and cook on the other side.
Set the pancakes on the side and let them cool a bit.
Next you want to take your red bean paste and spread it on half of the pancakes. Then top with other half of pancakes making nice Dorayaki sandwich.
Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar or maple syrup.

Enjoy!

Adapted from:
http://sweetpotatosoul.com/2016/10/vegan-dorayaki.html
https://www.justonecookbook.com/how-to-make-anko-red-bean-paste/

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