Korean Pancakes with brown sugar filling (Hoddeok)

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These pancakes are soooo good! They are a little time-consuming but they are definitely worth it! You don’t need to use syrup on these pancakes because the brown sugar filling inside does the job. Brown sugar is placed inside freshly risen dough and fried in coconut oil until the dough is cooked and the sugar has melted into a warm syrup.


1 cup warm water

2 cups whole wheat flour

2 tbsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

2 tsp. yeast

1 tbsp. coconut oil


1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp. crushed nuts (optional, I used cashews)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. cloves

1/2 tsp. nutmeg


1. Place 1 cup of lukewarm water into a mixing bowl.

  1. Add 2 tbsp. sugar, 2 tsp. yeast, ½ tsp. salt, 1 tbsp. coconut oil, and stir well.
  2. Add 2 cups of whole wheat flour and mix.

  3. Let the dough rise. It should sit with the lid closed at room temperature for 1 hour.

  4. 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.

  6. Make filling. Mix ½ cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. cloves, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg and 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts in a bowl.

  7. Knead the dough again to remove the gas bubbles.

  8. Place and spread about ½ cup flour on your counter.

10. Knead the dough. Make it into a lump, and cut it into 8 equal-sized balls.

  1. Take 1 dough ball, flatten it, put some filling in the center of the dough, and then seal it
    to make a ball.

12.Repeat this 8 times to make 8 stuffed balls.

  1. Heat up your non-stick pan (I use an iron skillet) over medium heat and add some coconut oil.

  2. Place 1 ball on the pan and let it cook for 30 seconds.

  3. 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).

  4. Let it cook about 1 minute until the bottom is golden brown.

  5. Turn it over again and turn down the heat very low. Enjoy!

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*Revised recipe from www.maangchi.com


  1. Mya

    Marisa-Another great set of pcitures. I LOVE your work!By any chnace were you at St. Pete Beach shooting a lovely family- 4 girls all in white- an hour pre-susnet on Wednesday April 27th?? We watched a photogrpaher doing her work and she looked just like you! WE didn’t want to intrude so I have to ask??

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