I love these Taiyaki snacks, often, you can see these selling like hot cakes in Japan or Korea. There are lots of fillings you can add in yourTaiyaki, my favourite would be the red bean paste from the azuki beans. You can make the paste yourself or buy a can from your Asian Grocer. Here are some options for taiyaki if you do decide to make some one day.
- Black sesame paste
- Red bean paste
- Peanut butter and jelly ( for the western taste)
- Custard, normal or pandan
- Durian paste
- Sweet potato paste
The choices are endless, it's really up to your own individual taste and imagination. Recipe adapted from http://www.justonecookbook.com/taiyaki/
150 g (about 1¼ cup) cake flour (minus 2Tbsp flour and add 2 Tbsp cornflour)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 egg, beaten
200 ml (about ¾ cup) milk
3 Tbsp. granulated sugar
100 g azuki red bean paste, I bought a can from asian grocer
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
- Combine the flour and baking soda and mix together with a whisk. Add sugar and mix again.
- Form the azuki red bean paste into long thin shapes about the size of your taiyaki mould
- Beat eggs, add the milk, mix well, then add into the dry ingredients a little at a time and mix gently putting the batter through the gaps of the whisk. Mix the batter gently.
- Wrap the mixture in cling film and put it in the fridge to rest for 1 hour
- Grease the taiyaki pan lightly with oil and warm it up. Fill the pan halfway up with batter.
- Add the sweet red bean paste on top
- Pour more batter over the top to cover the beans. Close the lid of the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes until golden. They're ready to eat whilst they're still hot.