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Matcha Souffle Pancakes

Recipe for Matcha Souffle Pancakes (抹茶スフレパンケーキ)! These light and airy pancakes have a delicate matcha flavor and are perfect topped with butter, maple syrup, and a little powdered sugar. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword green tea, matcha, pancake, souffle
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 Pancakes



  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon matcha
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar


To make the batter:

  • In a large bowl, beat together the egg yolks and sugar until pale and frothy. Slowly add the milk, followed by the vanilla extract.
  • Whisk in the flour, matcha, and baking powder until smooth.

To make the meringue:

  • In a large bowl, beat the egg whites and cream of tartar. Slowly add the sugar until glossy and soft, nearly stiff peaks form. Do not overwhip or underwhip.
  • Fold 1/3rd of the meringue into the batter until combined with no streaks. Fold in another 1/2 of the meringue, being careful not to deflate the batter. Gently transfer the batter mixture into the remaining meringue and carefully fold until combined without deflating.

To cook:

  • Place a large pan with a lid over low heat and very lightly grease with oil. Scoop a pile of batter (about 1/4 cup) onto the heated pan. For larger pans, you can fit up to three different pancakes. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon water in the empty parts of the frying pan and immediately cover with a lid. Cook over low heat for 3-4 minutes, until just starting to set.
  • Top each pancake with another scoop of batter, drizzle the pan with a little more water if none remains, cover, and cook again for 3-4 minutes.
  • Top each pancake with an additional scoop of batter, gently flip, cover and cook until set, 5-6 minutes. Remove to a plate and repeat with remaining batter to create 6 pancakes in total.
  • Serve the pancakes immediately out of the pan with butter, whipped cream, maple syrup, and/or powdered sugar.