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Fluffy Japanese Pancakes Are the Latest Viral Sensation

A woman holding a plate of two Japanese pancakes.
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Almost everyone has found a winning recipe or 10 on the internet, and now, there’s a new one out there for brunch lovers. Japanese pancakes have gone viral, and they’re the perfect fluffy weekend companion for another popular recipe from last year.

If you missed the dalgona coffee craze of 2020, it was essentially a high-whipped mixture of instant coffee, sugar, and water that resulted in a fluffy caffeinated beverage. Japanese pancakes are, essentially, the food version of that trend.

Unlike the everyday Western breakfast food, these pancakes have a soufflé-like texture that gives them an adorable jiggle as they’re plated, and their fluffy exterior is marshmallow-esque.

Because the recipe doesn’t call for much sugar (just 2 tablespoons), they’re also incredibly versatile. From green tea-based recipes to more savory versions, they can be adapted to suit anyone’s preferences.

Keep in mind, these are a bit trickier to make than the classic pancake batter and skillet variety. But if you want to give these fancy, fluffy pancakes a shot, check out the recipes below.

Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

A stack of fluffy Japanese pancakes drizzled with maple syrup.
Cookies and Cups

This recipe from Cookies and Cups is the most traditional take on the viral trend. It keeps the fluffy consistency and is customizable with a variety of toppings.

You also probably already have everything you’ll need in your kitchen: eggs, baking powder, salt, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and buttermilk. You’ll also need a lid for your pan and some tongs.

Get the Recipe: Cookies & Cups

Lemon Blueberry Japanese Pancakes

Blueberries surround a stack of three fluffy pancakes topped with syrup and butter.
So Fab Food

For those who love a citrus or fruit-based breakfast, this lemon-blueberry version of the pancake is an excellent option. With blueberries baked right inside and lemon juice added to the mix, it’s an easy way to switch up the classic recipe above to be a bit healthier.

Get the Recipe: So Fab Food

Matcha Japanese Pancakes

Green-hued, fluffy pancakes sit on a plate with raspberry and blueberry toppings.
Oh, How Civilized

Lovers of green tea can opt for this more colorful version of the pancake. The recipe includes matcha powder for the traditional flavor and you use a cookie-cutter to form the shape.

Get the Recipe: Oh, How Civilized

[Via Glamour U.K.]

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