Today is one of my favorite Japanese holidays—Hinamatsuri, or Japanese Girl’s Day.
To celebrate, I dreamed up some special pancake treats for my family, to stay within my Pancake Week celebrations. I made some Orange Mochi Pancakes, which I then used to make Nutella Banana Dorayaki (pancake sandwiches).
Traditional Japanese dorayaki are made by sandwiching anko (a sweet red bean paste) between two sweet pancakes. I took this idea and morphed it into a simple treat by sandwiching banana slices and Nutella between two orange mochi pancakes.
They went over like gangbusters with my kids, and I bet they will with yours too! In addition, I’ve got some little notecards for you to download designed by yours truly. Make some pancakes and write a little note to the little girls you love! (DOWNLOAD THE HINAMATSURI NOTECARDS)
Nutella Banana Dorayaki (Pancake Sandwiches)
Makes 5 sandwiches
Recipe Notes: Other sandwich fillings are delicious as well. Some of our favorites include cream cheese with fresh cut fruit, yogurt and fruit, peanut butter and jam, and peanut butter and honey!
10 three-inch orange mochi pancakes (or pancake of your choice)
1 banana, cut on the diagonal into thin slices
5 tablespoons Nutella
1. Spread one tablespoon of Nutella on the underside of one pancake. Place 2 slices of banana on top of the Nutella.
2. Place a second pancake, underside down, on top of the banana slices and Nutella. Press the pancakes together gently to stabilize the sandwich. Repeat with the remaining ingredients and serve. The finished dorayaki can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a good 12 hours before serving.