Japanese Soufflé Pancakes with Custard Cream

The beginning of 2020 I saw a news report about upcoming or current trends for the new year and one of them was the growing popularity of the Japanese Souffle Pancakes, a fluffy small pancake typically served with fruit. I told my partner that I wanted to try and make them to photograph and he was skeptical saying it sounded “hard”. A couple of weekends ago we finally had some down time and I was able to convince him to try making them! He mainly didn’t want to make these because at the time we did not have a mixer, so the batter had to be hand whipped to get the airy texture for the pancakes, which was a workout! We searched Youtube to see how to make them and found a video to make the Japanese souffle pancakes that also included how to make a custard cream, almost like a creme brûlée, and decided to attempt it.

It took some figuring out since the video gave all of the measurements in grams but it ended up being the perfect amount only making a couple of the pancakes for us to test out the recipe and for my food photography shoot. Also a little bit of a side note that the video only gave subtitles and seemed to focus on the ASMR sounds which was a nice touch!

Japanese Soufflé Pancakes cut with custard cream and caramel sauce, knife and fork. Recipe made for my photography blog in a clean and modern lifestyle setting.A stylized photo of the pancakes cut with the custard creme and caramel sauce poured over the top.

Japanese Soufflé Pancakes with custard cream being poured over the top. Homemade recipe and photography studio.I love the new low lip plates I found recently, this is the first food photography shoot where I was able to use them. I kept with a white monotone theme with my white granite backdrop and gray wall of my home photography studio. I used a wide coffee mug to pour the custard cream over the top of the pancakes for this image to keep with the color scheme.


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Japanese Souffle Pancakes