Sunday, 12 February 2012

Hotteok recipe (Korean stuffed pancake recipe)


Hotteok is a common street food that can be found in Korea, quite often in a van parked at the side of the road. This is basically a pancake stuffed with sugar, cinnamon and nuts. When you bite into it, the melted sugar just oozes out.
These are best eaten fresh but if you are rushed for time, make a batch of them, put some in the freezer and then microwave when you are ready to eat them.
I've seen a lot of hotteok recipes on the internet but most of them don't use rice flour, which isn't authentic. It also gives the hotteok a more chewy texture rather than just a bread if you don't use the rice flour.

Hotteok recipe
Spicy? - No
Time to cook? 1 hour
Serves? makes 8 hotteok

Ingredients
1 packet of yeast
2 tablespoons caster sugar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
100g self raising flour
75g sweet glutinous rice flour
100ml milk
50ml warm water
handful of chopped peanuts
1/2 teaspoon salt


Method
1) Combine the flour, rice flour, salt, yeast and caster sugar in a bowl.
2) Add the warm water and stir in the milk until until the dough begins to form a ball. It's probably worth using your hands for this part.

3) Need the dough for two or three minutes. The dough will be sticky but should easily come off your hands. If it's a little too wet, add a little more flour. Cover the bowl with a towel and leave in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes.
4) The dough will increase in size considerably and will contain a lot of air, which will help to give the hotteok a fluffy texture.

5) Heat oil in a flat frying pan.
6) Combine the brown sugar, peanuts and cinnamon together to create the filling.
7) Divide the dough into 8 small balls. Take one ball and flatten it, creating a bowl in the middle. Put a couple of spoons of the filling mixture in and close up the side until you have a ball again.

8) Flatten the ball again and place in the frying pan.

9) Using a spatula, press the hotteok as flat as you can. After three minutes, flip it over and do the same.

10) Once both sides are golden brown, the hotteok is ready. Drain it on some paper towels.

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