The pancakes from Japan's Hoshino Cafe are legendary but did you know that you can make these gorgeous pancakes at home yourself? They're less fiddly and temperamental than a souffle but if you've ever made a sponge cake, you'll find these beautifully light pancakes a cinch! And they're just made for maple syrup and cream!
When we travelled to Japan this year we went around chasing a hotcake (as you do when you're obsessed with collecting food memories). I called this particular hot cake the Kim Kardashian of pancakes because it looked so perfect that it appeared as though we were viewing it through an Instagram filter. It was also thick. Like really thick and I have to admit that I thought of Kim's jiggling bottom when I saw someone jiggle them. So much so that I said "I have to go to there!" and made a beeline for the cafe.
And while it made for a fun Instagram video (set to Kanye's Bound 2) I can't say that I really adored the pancake itself. It was thick but it needed something more than the tiny puck of butter and small jug of maple syrup provided. It was also a little dry too. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that I tried it (and errm made Mr NQN walk really far to find it) but would I get it again? Probably not.
But these souffle pancakes are a different matter. These aren't as dry. They're not as perfectly smooth as the other ones but they're wonderfully light and not dense. They soak up maple syrup and whipped cream like a dream and pair really well with fresh fruit. For those that are looking for protein in their diet five eggs makes three pancakes with just a tiny bit of flour. And they're a lot cheaper than an airline ticket and a lot easier on the feet than chasing food around a busy city!
So tell me Dear Reader, do you go around chasing food memories or am I alone (with my semi willing accomplice Mr NQN)? Do you prefer thick pancakes or thin crepes?