Put the eggs and sugar in a bowl and mix together. Add the honey, and beat with a whisk until it's thick and creamy. This beating is the key to the fluffy texture.
Sift the cake flour and baking powder together into the bowl, and mix in. Add 2 teaspoons of water, and leave the batter to rest for about 15 minutes.
Add 2 teaspoons of water to make the batter runny. If you add too much water, the batter will spread out too much and not turn out puffy, so be careful.
Warm up a non-stick frying pan over low to low-medium heat Pour in the batter from a height aiming for one spot until the batter is 8cm in diameter, and cook. When the surface of the pancake is bubbly, turn it over to cook the other side.
Line up the cooked pancakes on a cutting board and cover with a tightly wrung out moistened kitchen towel to keep them moist as they cool. By using the moist kitchen towel, you will achieve that desirable moist texture.
When the pancakes are cool, sandwich the anko (bean paste) between pairs so that the middle is mounded up higher than the perimeter.
If you have a branding iron, heat it up and press it into the surface to finish.
Story Behind this Recipe
I wanted to use the branding iron I bought in the Kappabashi district of Tokyo! (Translator's note: Kappabashi is known as a major center for kitchen and cooking supply stores.) The most common thing these decorative branding irons are used for are dorayaki!! So I made these. I packaged them individually in little bags with "Dorayaki" on them, and gave them to everyone as gifts from Tokyo. They were a big hit! I thought that making gifts using something you bought on a trip is a good idea.
The key to making the doryaki pancakes fluffy and light is to add the water to the batter a little at a time, rather than adding it all at once. ♪ Add 2 teaspoons, and if the batter is still too thick, add the remaining 2 teaspoons of water a little at a time. The key to cooking the pancakes is to heat up the frying pan once, then cool the bottom of the pan on a tightly wrung out moistened kitchen towel. This prevents the pancakes from burning.