Monday, November 16, 2009

Hotteok-Korean Stuffed Pancake

Hotteok(Ho duk) is a stuffed Pancake from Korean cuisine.Though it is similar to a pancake,it is an anytime snack and is supposed to be the national snack of Korea.These are made from yeasted dough and stuffed traditionally with a sweet filling made from peanuts,brownsugar and cinnamon.But you can go with a savoury filling as well.

Tteok (duk ) means the sweet cake or rice cake and some versions of this make use of glutinous rice flour as well.the Ho in Hotteok is supposed to be the first sound you produces after the first bite.Why? As you bite into the gooey filling it can burn your tongue as the filling can be very hot especially straight from the skillet.I found several recipe and am following this one and also referenced especially here as well.

Warm Water: 1/4 cup
Active Dry Yeast:1/2 tsp
Sugar: 1/4 tsp

All Purpose Flour: 1.5 cups
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Milk: 1/4 cup + (Can also use soy milk)

Walnuts/Peanuts/Any choice of nuts: 1/2 cup +/-
Brown Sugar: 1/4 cup +/-
Cinnamon powder:1/2 -1 tsp

Mix sugar and yeast in warm water and let it sit till frothy.This may take 10+ minutes.Mine took around 20 as it is very cold here.

In a big bowl,mix flour and salt.Make a well in the middle and add the yeast mix and 1/4 cup of milk and knead to form a dough.Add milk as needed to form a smooth soft dough.I added more milk than needed and hence my dough was a little sticky and I had to roll it in extra flour.So make sure you add only the required amount to form the dough.

Keep the dough in a lightly oiled bowl turning once and let it sit covered for atleast 3 hours or until it doubles in size.Meanwhile mix together the ingredients for filling and keep aside.I used pecans as well as peanuts in my filling.You can use whatever nuts you want.

With oiled hands take small portions of the dough,shape it into a flattened round,put aas much filling as needed into the round and re wrap it to form a ball covering the filling tighlty and then gently flatten it again.This flattening can also be done at cooking time though.It looks like...

Heat a skillet on medium heat and pan fry flattened hotteok on both sides pressing occasionally on top with a turner/spatula so that the filling gets cooked.This takes a few minutes per side only.Serve warm or at room temperature.But be cautious while biting into the filling and remember to say 'Ho' first ;).

Though this is basically a dessert,you can snack on them anytime of the day and can change the fillings to savoury as well.So I supose this can also be a part of the brunch menu and you can see hot hotteok in MM:Brunch hosted by the creator herself,Meeta.


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