Sweet Korean Pancakes

While there is plenty of debate regarding which pancake is better, today’s recipe goes far from the traditional choices: Hotteok (호떡) is a sweet Korean pancake, typically sold on street markets, but that you can easily do at home. They’re warm, soft, chewy and filled with a delicious sugar and cinnamon syrup with nuts. So whether you can’t make up your mind about what pancake you fancy or you want to try something different, I can assure you that this Korean treat is delicious and will definitely surprise your friends and family.

Cooking Time: 20-25 min | Proofing Time: 80 min | Serves: 8 pancakes

What you’ll need: 

  • 250g plain flour
  • 250ml lukewarm water
  • 7g (one sachet) of yeast
  • 2 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp black sesame seeds
  • A pinch of salt

For the filling

  • About half a cup of brown sugar
  • About tsp cinnamon powder
  • About 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts (or peanuts, or any nuts you like)



  • Start by mixing the water with the oil, the sugar and the yeast in a large bowl. Stir it all to combine and give it a few minutes so the yeast starts doing its thing.
  • Add the flour to the yeast water and mix everything with a spoon until you have a sticky dough.
  • Let it rise for about an hour, covered with cling film, in a warm dark place.
  • Once the hour is up, generously flour your working surface and knead the dough for about 5 minutes. Let it rest, again, for 15-20 more more minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare your filling by mixing all the filling ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Now that your dough is ready, roll it up into a log and divide it into 8 equal-sized balls.
  • Take each ball and flatten it with your hands. Take a tablespoon of filling and place it in the center the dough. Use your fingers to pinch the dough so you can seal it back into a ball. Do this with the other balls and you will be ready for frying!
  • Place a little vegetable oil on a big frying pan and let it warm up. Fry the pancakes with the seal down for about 30 seconds. At this stage flip them and use a spatula to press them down, You will create a thinner circle. Let it fry for about one minute and then flip it again.
  • Reduce the heat and cover the frying pan with a lid for 1 more minute, so that the sugar melts and turns into a syrup.
  • Serve them hot with some sesame seeds on top.
  • Enjoy!


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