December 20, 2018

Fluffy Japanese-Style Pancakes

Recipe: Eshun Mott

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

To make these pancakes, you’ll need four 3-inch x 1 3⁄4-inch metal ring moulds, which can be found in kitchen and restaurant supply stores. You’ll also need a nonstick pan with a domed lid.


  • Vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tbsp milk (2%)
  • 1⁄4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1⁄2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1⁄2 tsp baking powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • Pinch cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Icing sugar, whipped cream and berries


Yield: Serves 2

Make Batter

  1. Place large, nonstick frying pan over low heat and brush lightly with vegetable oil. Allow to heat while making batter.
  2. Separate eggs, placing whites in medium bowl in freezer and yolks in second medium bowl. Using whisk, beat yolks until fully broken up, then beat in milk and vanilla until combined.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt, then use fine sieve to sift dry ingredients into egg mixture. Whisk until batter is uniform. Set aside.
  4. Remove egg whites from freezer (they will have just begun to freeze at edges). Add cream of tartar and, using electric mixer, beat until foamy. Keep beating, adding sugar a little at a time, until egg whites are thick and shiny, and peaks hold and just droop at the tip.
  5. Gently fold egg whites mixture into batter a third at a time, being careful not to deflate whites.

Cook Pancakes

  1. Grease ring moulds and place in pan. Divide batter between them (each mould should be about half full).
  2. Cover pan and cook for 5 minutes on low heat.
  3. Using tongs and flexible spatula, flip pancakes. Let cook, covered, for 1 minute, then run blade of thin knife around inside of each mould and remove moulds.
  4. Cover pan and cook pancakes 2 to 3 minutes longer, or until nicely browned on bottom and just cooked through.
  5. Transfer to serving plate, dust lightly with icing sugar and serve immediately with softly whipped cream and berries.

Maya Visnyei


House & Home January 2019


Prop styling by Emma Reddington