Previously we learnt from innovative Japanese cooks how cheesecake can be made effortlessly using a microwave, and how to whip up a giant cheesy okonomiyaki using a rice cooker. The latest cool culinary trick is making fluffy and thick pancakes using a sandwich maker, as recommended by Japanese Twitter user @yas_yuki0573.
If you have tried cooking your own pancakes before, you would know that using just a frying pan is difficult to achieve those chunky and mouth-watering pancakes you see in Japanese cafes. You either get a charred exterior or an undercooked, mushy interior.
The recipe provided by @yas_yuki0573 is as follows:
Pour the pancake batter on one side of the sandwich maker.
Keeping the sandwich maker open, cook the pancake on medium heat for one to two minutes.
When the bottom starts to brown but the centre is still uncooked, close the sandwich maker and flip over.
Cook on low heat for another four to five minutes.
When the pancake is cooked through, turn off the heat and leave the pancake in the closed sandwich maker for two to three minutes for a crispier exterior.
The crispy seam — like the kind we tend to see in waffles — is @yas_yuki0573’s favourite.
@yas_yuki0573 recommends using Morinaga’s hot cake mix, which can be purchased at supermarkets. He has also shared the sandwich maker he used, which can be bought on Amazon Japan.
This ingenious idea has garnered the amateur cook more than 146,000 likes and 37,000 retweets, praising and thanking him for the revelation. Some even said they would buy a sandwich maker to try this out.
Regardless, the sandwich maker seems to be very versatile for cooking a number of things. For the record, @yas_yuki0573 had been experimenting with vanilla ice cream and steamed cheesecake recently, where the end product looked like French toast. You would be happy to know as well that the pancake mix is one of the ingredients for making matcha cake using a rice cooker.