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Taiyaki-style Snacks (with a sandwich press)

Taiyaki-style Snacks (with a sandwich press)

I made delicious taiyaki-style snacks in a hot sandwich maker.

Ingredients: 8 portions

For the homemade anko (sweet azuki bean paste):
Azuki beans
200 g
Sugar
100 g
Light brown sugar
80 g
Salt
a pinch
For the taiyaki batter:
Cake flour
150 g
Sugar
2 tablespoons
Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon
Egg
1
Vegetable oil
1 teaspoon
Water
200ml

Steps

1. Cook the adzuki beans. Rinse the beans carefully. Put in a pot with 4 times their volume in water and bring to a boil. When it comes to a boil, drain the beans into a colander or sieve, return to the pot with fresh water, and bring to a boil again.
2. When it comes to a boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer until the beans are soft enough to mash with your hands. If the water boils down too much, add more.
3. Combine the sugar and light brown sugar, and add to the beans in 3 batches. Add the salt and continue simmering. If you want to enjoy zenzai (sweetened adzuki bean soup) too, take a portion out at this point.
4. When the beans have thickened, stir with a wooden spatula as you simmer to make firm anko.
5. Make the taiyaki batter. Combine the cake flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Add water little by little to form a paste. Add an egg and beat well. Mix in vegetable oil.
6. Pour the batter into a preheated hot sandwich maker. Be careful not to overfill.
7. Spread out the anko as flat as possible over the batter.
8. Pour more batter over the anko, and close the lid of the sandwich maker. Cook for 10 minutes, and they're done.

Story Behind this Recipe

I wanted to eat freshly made taiyaki rather than frozen, so I thought of using my hot sandwich maker. There's no need to worry about adjusting the heat or anything, and they were easy to make.