02/25/2011 Hamyaki with sandwitch press

Ingredients: 5 pieces (9.3 x 10 cm x 1.5 cm)

  • 70 g cake flour
  • 1 TBS skim-milk powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt (reduce a little next time.)
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  • 300 cc water
  • 3 g Dashi No Moto
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  • 1 Large Egg  (59.4 g this time)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
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  • plenty of vegetable oil (such as sesame oil.)
  • paper towel, small plate, chop sticks ( to grease the sandwich press.)
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  • (fillings) Ham cut small, Tenkasu, chopped green onions, dried baby shrimps
  • (Sauce) 30 cc Otahuku Yakisoba Sauce + 3 cc Pancake Syrup 
  • (Toppings) Aonori, dried bonita flakes (powder)

Procedures:

  1. Whisk first 5 ingredients, sift into a large bowl.
  2. Mix Dashi No Moto and water.
  3. Add Dashi solution gradually, while whisking, into the flour mixture.
  4. In a bowl, beat the egg with a whisk.  Add it to the dough, mix, add soy sauce and mix well.  Transfer it into a measuring cup.
  5. Preheat the sandwitch press maker. (Mine is Zojirushi, Japanese size sandwitch press maker.  But you can use any size sandwitch press maker.)
  6. Coat the heating surfaces with enough oil. (Pour a little oil in the cavities of the press, use a chop stick to grab paper towel, spread the oil with paper towel, place the paper towel in a small plate so that you can use it for the next time.)
  7. Stir the batter, then pour it to the cavity of the sandwitch press maker 90% full for the bottom cavity.  Then pour small amount of batter to the top cavity.
  8. Immediately, drop the fillings to the bottom cavity. (Very Quickly.)
  9. Spread the batter thin with a silicon spatula or spoon in the top cavity.
  10. When the top cavity’s batter is 80% cooked, close the press and latch, and flip and lay the press onto the sturdy metal rack.  (Use a oven mitton to protect your hands from the possible heat escaping from the press.)
  11. Flip again, check the crust.  When outside crust gets crisp, transfer it to the plate, brush with sauce, sprinkle with bonita flakes and Aonori powder.  Serve immediately.
  12. Clean the press with paper towel grabbed with chop sticks,  repeat step 6 -11 until every ingredient is consumed.

Comments:

Reference: たこ焼き、Taro Naniwa, http://www.eonet.ne.jp/~taronaniwa/

Substitution: Otahuku Takoyaki Sauce -> Otahuku Yakisoba Sauce, honey-> pancake syrup, Boiled Octopus -> Ham

Tenkasu: If you cannot get one, use French’s Freng Fried Onions as a substitute.  Since I didn”t want to buy Tenkasu nor Fried Onions, when I make the onion rings myself, deep-fry the leftover batter, cook it, cut it into small pieces, refrigerate/freeze to store, use it as a substitute for Tenkasu.

Since Takoyaki Pan is very expensive, I tried to make it with sandwich press, which was quite successful.

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