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Hotteok (Hoddeok) – Sweet Korean Pancake

by Che-Cheh on December 29, 2013 9,212 views

in Korean


I‘ve always wondered how this unique disc-shaped like snack called hotteok 호떡 (sweet Korean pancake) would taste like. Would it taste as heavenly as so many has spoken about? Finally couldn’t take it any longer with all the guessing, I decided to try make them myself. Oh baby, I did not regret this decision at all! In South Korea, this street snack can be found in places like Insadong and Myeondong area.

Hotteok
So yummy man!

This also mark my last food post for 2013. Thank you to all my avid readers (I hope I have some??). May the new year 2014 brings you lots of joy, happiness and great health. I had many fun days trying out recipes from various sources and the list never end. I’ll share more with you gals and guys next year. Good bye 2013 and I welcome 2014 with happy heart. Happy New Year!!!

Now let’s cook. :)

Add Lukewarm Water, White Sugar, Yeast, Salt & Vegetable Oil
Add lukewarm water, white sugar, yeast, salt and vegetable oil in a mixing bowl and stir well.

Add Flour
Add flour.

Mix With Rice Scoop
Mix with rice scoop or by hand until well blended. Since I did not want to get my hands dirty, I use a rice scoop.

Let the dough rise covered with cling wrap or a pot cover at room temperature for 1 hour.

Dough Rises Double In Size
An hour later, the dough has rises double its size.

Knead It To Remove Gas Bubbles
Knead it to remove the gas bubbles in the dough. Let it rise for another 10 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile…
Make Fillings
To make fillings, add brown sugar, cinnamon powder and chopped walnuts in a bowl. Mix well.

Let It Rise For Another 10-20 Mins
20 minutes later the dough has risen again… this time a little.

Spread Some Flour On Cutting Board
Spread some flour on the cutting board and your hand. I spread some shopping brochure below the cutting board so that it’s easier to clean up later.

Place Dough On Cutting Board & Knead It
Place dough on cutting board.

Kneaded Dough
Knead the dough.

Divide Dough Equally Into 8 Balls
Divide dough equally into 8 balls by first dividing it into half using your fingers. From the half, divide another half and one more time. Do the same with the other half.

8 Dough Balls
You get 8 dough balls.

Flatten A Ball & Place Fillings
Take a piece and flatten it. Place generous amount of fillings and seal it to make a ball. If it’s sticky, put some flour on the ball and your fingers. Repeat the same for the remaining 7 balls.

Cook For 30 Seconds
Now heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat and add some vegetable oil. Place a ball on the pan and cook for 30 seconds.

Flip Once Light Golden Brown
Once it has turn light golden brown, turn to the other side.

Flatten It
Flatten it with a spatula to make a thin wide circular disc.

Cook For 1 Minute
Cook for a minute.

Melted Brown Sugar
Once golden brown, turn it over again and turn down the heat to low. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 1 minute. By this time, the brown sugar has melted into syrup. And you’re done.

Serve piping hot!

Hotteok
Hotteok is SUPER delicious and heavely. I never expected that! Love it love it love it! The sweetness is just right for this recipe. Everyone in my family love this snack. We were basically fighting for the last piece! I think I need to make 2 batches next time. :)

Hoddeok (Hotteok) – Sweet Korean Pancake
Adapted from maangchi.com
Yields 8 pieces

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup lukewarm water
2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (or other nuts you have in stock)
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Method:
1. In a mixing bowl, add lukewarm water, white sugar, yeast, salt and vegetable oil. Stir well.

2. Add all purpose flour and mix with a rice scoop or by hand.

3. Let the dough rise. Let it sit with lid closed (use cling wrap or a pot cover) at room temperature for 1 hour.

4. After an hour, dough will rise to double its size. Knead it to remove the gas bubbles in the dough.

5. Let it rise for another 10-20 minutes.

6. For the filling, mix brown sugar, cinnamon powder and chopped walnuts in a bowl. Mix well.

Be creative and make your own fillings with your favourite ingredients such as other nuts or mozzarella cheese.

7. Now knead the dough to release the gas bubbles again.

8. Spread some flour on the cutting board and your hand. Place the dough on the board and knead it. Then cut into 8 equal-sized balls.

9. Take 1 dough ball, flatten it and put some filling in the center of the dough and then seal it to make a ball. If it’s sticky add some flour to the ball and your fingers. Repeat this 7 times to make 8 stuffed balls. Don’t be stingy with the fillings, you’ll thanks me later. ;)

10. Heat up the non-stick pan over medium head and add some vegetable oil.

11. Place 1 ball on the pan and let it cook for 30 seconds. Once the bottom side is light golden brown, turn it over and press the dough with a spatula to make a thin and wide circle (about the size of a CD).

12. Cook for about a minute until bottom is golden brown. Turn it over again and turn down the heat to low.

13. Place a lid on the pan and cook for 1 more minute. The brown sugar filling mixture will be melted to syrup. Serve hot!

Enjoy!!!!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

foongpc January 2, 2014 at 12:33 am

Wow!! I want to eat this Hotteok! Looks yummy!! :)

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Che-Cheh January 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm

IT IS YUMMY!!! *yes I’m shouting* Hehe

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Neela January 3, 2014 at 3:25 am

It looks deelish! Thanks for posting so many recipes, I keep coming back to your blog to read them. Have a great New Year!!

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Che-Cheh January 3, 2014 at 8:34 am

Hi Neela, thank you for your support. :) Happy New Year!

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Nat-W January 19, 2014 at 2:24 am

Hello. Thank you so much for the recipe. I was wondering if I could replace the all purpose flour with almond or wheat flour because that’s all I have in the house and everything’s closed around? And I am really really craving this wonderful desert right now :)
Thank you

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Che-Cheh January 19, 2014 at 10:08 am

Hi Nat-W, sorry I don’t know whether you can replace with almond or wheat flour. I adapted this recipe from maangchi.com so perhaps you can ask her for better answer? :)

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