Jeon-Korean Pancake-is made with various ingredients such as sliced meats, poultry, seafood, and vegetables depending on the style and mixed with flour batter or coated with egg batter and then pan-fried with oil. Jeon is also referred to as buchimgae, jijimgae, or jijim.
Jeon is eaten as an appetizer in Korean cuisine or as a side dish. Some common flavors of Jeon includes pajeon (green onion pancake) and kimchijeon. Besides being a savory dish, Jeon can also be sweet and be eaten as a dessert; some if which includes hwajeon (flower jeon), hotteok(honey pancake) and bindaetteok (mung bean pancake) which are popular jeon in South Korea.
Make hotteok dough:
1. Place 1 cup of lukewarm water into a mixing bowl.
2. Add 2 tbs white sugar, 2 ts yeast, ½ ts salt, 1 tbs vegetable oil, and stir it well.
3. Add 2 cups of all purpose flour and mix it with a rice scoop, or by hand.
4. Let the dough rise. It should sit with the lid closed at room temperature for 1 hour.
After an hour the 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.
Make filling (for 8 hotteok):
1. Mix ½ cup brown sugar, 1 ts cinnamon powder, and 2 tbs chopped walnuts in a bowl.
*tip: you could use mozzarella cheese for fillings. Invent your own fillings with your favorite ingredients!
2 Knead the dough again to remove the gas bubbles.
3. Place and spread about ½ cup flour on your cutting board.
4. Put the dough on your cutting board and knead it. Cut it into 8 equal-sized balls.
5. Take 1 dough ball, flatten it, put some filling in the center of the dough, and then seal it to make a ball.
6. Repeat this 8 times to make 8 stuffed balls.
*tip: Use some flour from the cutting board to prevent your fingers from sticking to the dough
7. Heat up your non-stick pan over medium heat and add some vegetable oil.
8. Place 1 ball on the pan and let it cook for 30 seconds.
9. When the bottom of the dough ball 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).
10. Let it cook about 1 minute until the bottom is golden brown.
11. Turn it over again and turn down the heat very low. Place the lid on the pan and cook 1 more minute. The brown sugar filling mixture will melt to syrup!
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