Mochi Pancakes

29 Dec

On Christmas Eve morning I wanted to make some buckwheat pancakes but didn’t have the buckwheat flour at hand so I found something new, a pancake made from rice flour. I found the recipe on Serious Eats. I had never made pancakes from rice flour before, nor from glutinous rice flour at that. If any recipe calls for sweet rice flour or glutinous rice flour I usually associate it with mochi. Most people in the US are familiar with the Japanese version of the mochi of sweet rice balls with sweet filling. My grandma used to make mochis with peanuts and sugar, ahh so yummy! There’s even a Hawaiian version of mochi desserts that is usually just the sweet rice flour mixed with some sweet syrup or juice.

Alas, I digress… so back to making mochi pancakes, the reason I call them mochi pancakes is because when you bite into one you get a denser pancake, one that reminds me of the Hawaiian version of mochi. Except it has a pancakes taste probably from the vanilla.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 large eggs or egg substitute (EnerG Replacer)
  • 1.5 cup soymilk (separate 1 cup, 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum. Prepare the EnerG Replacer as instructed on the box. In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup soy milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and add the egg replacement. Pour the wet ingredients over the flour mixture and whisk until smooth. Your batter should not be a little runny. If it is not, add another 1/4-1/2 cup of milk to think it out.

Lightly oil a non-stick pan. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Pour batter onto pan to about 3 inch diameter.

Cook for approximately 3 minutes. Flip pancakes when bubbles appear all over the surface of the pancake and begin to pop. The pancake should begin to look almost dry. Flip and cook another 1-1 1/2 minutes.

 

Mantou loved them, he ate about 2.5 of these all by himself and asked for more, more, more!

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