Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Adventures in Dorayaki

For some reason, I just can't get satiate my curious palate for using Cayuga Pure Organics' beans in confections.  I guess I'm just very excited about the fact that the beans used for making sweet paste are grown about 15 minutes from my house; it is also quite exciting to use beans in desserts. 

The dessert documented in this session is Dorayaki; a Japanese dessert consisting of sweet bean paste sandwiched between two pancakes.  Most importantly, most of the ingredients have been sourced from Cayuga Pure Organics and other local farms.  CPO's Paradise Pancake Mix was created by Vanessa, who works for CPO in sales and manages the farm's stand at the Ithaca Farmer's Market.  The mix is really good for making some nice breakfast style pancakes, but it also works really well for making Dorayaki. 
Check out the consistency...this is what you're going for!

Happy Cast Iron Skillet : )

Time to flip!

Filled, Fun, and Flavorful!

Support your local farmers!

By Hans Butler
Bean Paste Ingredients:
½ # CPO Red Merlot Beans
1tsp sea salt
¾ cup maple syrup

Pancake Ingredients:
1 cup FGF Paradise Pancake Mix
3 eggs
3/4 cup water
2 tbs buckwheat honey

Bean Paste Directions:
Soak red beans 3-4 hours, rinse and cover with about 2qts of water, simmer for about 45 minutes and then add the salt and stir well; it’s okay to crush the beans, this is what you’re going for. Make sure to turn the heat down a little lower. At this point, the mixture will be very thick and pulling away from the pan when you stir.  It will be a very dark and rich color of red with an smell reminiscent of vanilla beans. This is when you add the sweetener.  Then turn the heat down to the lowest possible setting and stir and crush mixture until sweetener is fully incorporated.  If the mixture is too thick (dry looking) just add some more water(a couple tablespoons at a time) and bring to a simmer; it will thicken a lot more when cooled too, so keep it somewhat fluid.  Remove from heat, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate.

Pancake Directions:
Mix eggs, water, and honey together.  Slowly add the pancake mix to the wet ingredients.  Cook in a cast iron skillet over medium heat; cool to room temperature.  Now sandwich 2 pancakes together with the appropriate amount (depends the size of your pancakes) of bean paste.  Enjoy!

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