Fluffy Japanese pancakes

Prep 10 min
Total 50 min
Makes 8 pancakes



1/4 cup
granulated sugar, divided
3 tbsp
1 tbsp
1 tsp
1/3 cup
cake-and-pastry flour
1 tsp
1 1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp


  • PREHEAT a large non-stick frying pan over low, at least 10 min. Oil insides of 4 ring moulds, 3 in. wide and 1 1/2 in. high.
  • WHISK egg yolks and 1 tbsp sugar in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in milk, oil and vanilla. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
  • BEAT egg whites in a medium bowl using an electric mixer on medium until foamy, about 30 sec. Gradually beat in remaining 3 tbsp sugar. Increase speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form, 3 to 5 min.
  • SIFT flour, baking powder and salt into egg yolk mixture and whisk until smooth. Gently fold one-third of meringue into yolk mixture, using a whisk, just until no streaks remain. Repeat twice more. Don’t over-mix batter.
  • LIGHTLY oil pan, then wipe with paper towel so a thin layer remains. Place 2 or 3 prepared moulds in pan and fill about half full of batter, about 1/3 cup batter each. No need to smooth tops. Cover and cook for 7 min. Flip pancakes with moulds. Run a sharp paring knife around the inner edges of moulds, then carefully remove (they will be hot). Cover pan and continue cooking until pancake sides are dry and bottoms are golden, 5 to 7 more min. Remove to a plate. Wash and re-oil ring moulds and repeat with remaining batter.



Kitchen tip: These pancakes can also be made without the moulds; they will be fluffy but won’t retain as much height since the batter will spread more.


Calories 90, Protein 3 g, Carbohydrates 11 g, Fat 4 g, Sodium 159 mg.

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