Homemade Taiyaki


My first apartment with my husband was near a shopping street with a taiyaki place right in the middle. The shopping street led to a train station we used somtimes and taiyaki was the perfect winter hand warmer. When I decided to buy a waffle iron a couple of months ago I decided that it needed to come with taiyaki plates. This was my first attempt at taiyaki batter and I quite liked it. Before I bought the waffle iron I searched online and most recipes were very similar to my pancake recipe. The little booklet that came with the waffle iron had a very different recipe for taiyaki batter and I gave it a go. I think it will be my goto recipe for taiyaki batter. I made a non-traditional savory filling but you can put anything you want in it. I’m thinking nutella would be amazing. If you don’t have taiyaki plates for your waffle iron I imagine you could use the batter with the hot sandwich plates.

Traditional fillers for taiyaki: custard or an (sweet bean paste)

Nontraditional fillers: peanut buter & banana, nutella, stir fry, taco meat and cheese, anything you can think of

Taiyaki batter

from the Mighty Sand Plus One Owners Manual

200 grams flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar (I used 1 as I made a savory filler)
200 milliliters water

Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in the sugar and then the water. Let sit for 30 minutes.  After you have preheated the taiyaki iron fill the bottom up with batter, put a spoon full (or a bit more) of the filler in the center and press down a little bit. Add some more batter on top, close the iron and wait until your finished light goes on. Cool a little before eating to prevent burnt tongues.