Japanese pancakes, also known as “soufflé pancakes”, are incredibly fluffy, jiggly, and airy, thanks to the meringue-based batter they’re made from. Here’s how you can make them at home.
- 2 large egg yolks
- 3 large egg whites
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp sugar (you can adjust based on your preference)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup milk
- A pinch of salt
- Butter or oil, for frying
- Maple syrup, fresh berries, whipped cream, or other desired toppings for serving
- Prepare the Batter:
- Sift the all-purpose flour and baking powder into a large bowl.
- In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks, milk, and vanilla extract together until well combined.
- Gradually add the egg yolk mixture to the flour mixture, whisking constantly to avoid lumps, until you have a smooth batter.
- Make the Meringue:
- In a separate, clean bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they become foamy.
- Gradually add sugar while continuing to beat the egg whites. Beat until stiff peaks form. This meringue mixture should be glossy and thick.
- Fold in the Meringue:
- Carefully fold the meringue into the batter in three separate additions. Do this gently to maintain the airiness of the meringue. Your final batter should be light and airy.
- Cook the Pancakes:
- Heat a non-stick frying pan over low heat. Lightly grease with butter or a small amount of oil.
- Pour a small amount of batter into the pan to form a pancake. You can use a mold to achieve a perfect round shape, but it’s not necessary. The batter should be thick enough to maintain its shape.
- Cover the frying pan with a lid and cook the pancake for about 5 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown.
- Carefully flip the pancake using a spatula. Cover again and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until cooked through.
- Remove the pancake from the pan and repeat with the remaining batter.
- Stack the pancakes on a plate and serve with your choice of toppings like maple syrup, fresh berries, whipped cream, or even a dusting of powdered sugar.
Enjoy your fluffy Japanese pancakes with a nice cup of coffee or tea!
Note: Due to the delicate nature of these pancakes, it’s essential to cook them over low heat and be patient. This ensures they cook through without burning on the outside.