Hotteok: A Taste Of Korean Sweet Pancakes

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Hotteok, also known as Korean sweet pancakes, are a popular street food enjoyed all year round in Korea. These delightful treats are filled with a sweet and chewy mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes nuts, encased in a crispy, chewy dough. They’re perfect as a satisfying snack, a delightful dessert, or even a light breakfast.

Making hotteok at home is surprisingly easy, and the results are absolutely delicious. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know to create your own batch of these Korean sweet pancakes, including the ingredients, directions, and even some insights into the nutrition facts.

Hotteok (Korean Sweet Pancakes) Recipe by Tasty
Hotteok (Korean Sweet Pancakes) Recipe by Tasty

Ingredients:

For the Dough:

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sweet rice flour (also called glutinous rice flour)
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup lukewarm milk (105°F to 115°F)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • For the Sweet Filling:
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped peanuts (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Make the Dough: In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, sweet rice flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.
    2. Gradually add the lukewarm milk to the dry ingredients, mixing with a wooden spoon or spatula until a shaggy dough forms.
    3. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic. Add a bit more flour if the dough feels too sticky.
    4. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

    5. Prepare the Filling: While the dough rises, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. If desired, add the chopped walnuts and peanuts to the mixture.

    6. Assemble the Hotteok: Once the dough has risen, punch down any air bubbles and divide it into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
    7. On a lightly floured surface, flatten each dough ball into a circle about 3 inches in diameter. Place a generous tablespoon of the filling in the center of the dough circle.
    8. Carefully fold the dough circle in half, enclosing the filling. Pinch the edges to seal the pancake tightly, making sure there are no gaps.

    9. Cook the Hotteok: Heat a non-stick pan or griddle over medium heat. Add a thin layer of vegetable oil to coat the bottom of the pan.
    10. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the hotteok in the pan, leaving some space between them. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.

    11. Serve and Enjoy: Transfer the hotteok to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Serve them warm, drizzled with honey, condensed milk, or your favorite dipping sauce.

    Nutrition Facts:

    (Please note that this is an approximate nutritional value for one hotteok. The exact values may vary depending on the ingredients used and the cooking method.)

    Calories: 250

  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 180mg
  • Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Protein: 4g

  • Conclusion

    Hotteok are a delightful and easy-to-make Korean street food treat that is sure to become a favorite. With their crispy exterior, chewy dough, and sweet and flavorful filling, they’re a satisfying snack or dessert that everyone will enjoy. So why not give them a try?

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    1. Can I use all-purpose flour instead of sweet rice flour?

    While you can technically use all-purpose flour for the hotteok dough, it will result in a less chewy texture. The sweet rice flour adds a characteristic chewiness that is a key part of the hotteok experience. However, if you don’t have sweet rice flour available, you can substitute all-purpose flour in a pinch.

    2. What can I use as a substitute for the brown sugar in the filling?