Crispy, flaky, and savory scallion pancakes are one of our very favorite Chinese restaurant treats. This Chinese pancake is very much like the Indian parathas and other type of flatbreads. When I saw these pancakes at Seasaltwith Food website I know I just have to try it out as they look so fluffy and crispy. Best of all it was baked and not pan fried. I’ve done this before but it is without the yeast so the pancakes were much denser. True to how Angie’s described it. They were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Do hop over to Angie’s website to check out her step by step video on how to make this.
370 grams All-Purpose Flour
1 Cup Warm Water
2 Tbsp Sugar
1 ½ tsp Active Yeast
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
1 Bunch Green Onions/Scallions, sliced
2 Green Chilies, finely chopped (I omit this)
Salt to taste
1. Put the warm water in a measuring jug or bowl. Add sugar, stir to dissolve and add the yeast. Stir to mix. Set aside for 10-15 minutes or until the yeast mixture is frothy.
2. Place the flour into the mixing bowl. Make a well and pour in the yeast mixture and add the vegetable oil. Turn on the mixer with hook attachment and knead the dough for about 10 to 13 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover the bowl with cling film and set aside in a warm place for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
3. Place the dough on a floured board. Divide it into 6 equal balls. Shape each dough into round balls. Let the dough rest for about 10 minutes. Flatten each piece of dough with your palm, and roll into a thin rectangular shape. Brush the surface with sesame oil; sprinkle some salt and scallions. Starting with the edge closest (the long end) to you and roll up the dough. Then roll it up again from one end like a snail, tuck the end and let it rest for another 10 minutes. Repeat with the remaining dough, oil, salt and scallions.
4. Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Line a baking pan/tray with parchment paper. Brush some oil to the parchment paper (I did this extra step)
5. When ready to bake: Flatten the dough with your palm and fingers to your desired thickness. Place the pressed dough on a baking pan. Brush the top with sesame oil. Bake for about 16 to 20 minutes or until brown.
6. Cut and serve warm