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Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

May 4, 2011

in bento,non bento,studio ghibli

I posted a sneak preview photo on my twitter and my facebook fan page so some of you might already know what I made with the Totoro metal cutter I made the other day, but I learned some stuff while I was using it, so I decided to write a post.

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast
Created and eaten on: 5/4/2011

My Totoro themed breakfast contains Totoro shaped pancakes, Totoro shaped sunny side up egg, and bacon. I cut a strip of bacon in three pieces, folded them and stuck them on a toothpick. I did it on a whim because I wanted to make bacon look different and cute to accompany the Totoros but Derek thought it was a great idea. The outside of the wave is crispy and the inside is softer, and it’s also very easy to eat.

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

If you put some veggies in the middle, it'll make a great finger snack at a party, don't you think?

Pancakes:
I tried using it like a regular pancake shaper, but I would not recommend it, especially for a Totoro shape. The ears are such a pain even after greasing the cutter up, and I didn’t think it was efficient because the area you can pour the batter in is very small. So instead, I used it to cut out the shape from a regular pancake, and it worked beautifully. We ate the outside the shape as is, but you can put cut fruit, or put other food inside to serve too!

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

The Totoro metal cutter used as an egg mold. Looks cute but it was such a pain, and took too long.

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

I like this batter. It's super fluffy!

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

The Totoro metal cutter used as a shape cutter. Still yummy and sooo much easier.

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

You can put fruit, whipped cream, any food on the one on the left.

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

Make sure you use the sharp side to cut the pancake out.

I had some batter left, so of course…

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

A big Totoro pancake!

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast


EDIT: You asked for it! Here’s the recipe for fluffy pancakes!

Flour: 1 1/2  cup
Baking powder: 1 1/2 TS
Egg: 1
Sugar: 3 TBS
Vegetable oil: 1~2 TBS
Milk: 2/3 cup
Vanilla essence (optional)

1. Mix flour and baking powder and sift it well.

2. Put egg, sugar, vegetable oil into a bowl and mix.

3. Add milk and a dash of vanilla essence (if you have any) into #2.

4. Put #1 into #3 and mix it well and the batter is done!

The batter might look very lumpy at the beginning and the batter remains on the thick side, but that’s how it’s supposed to be, so don’t add anything!

Set your stove to medium heat. Heat the pan well, and pour the batter onto the pan. Wait until bubbles start to appear on the surface and flip!

The pan I have is very old and the surface isn’t even flat anymore. So I lightly oiled the pan for the first couple of pancakes, but later on I didn’t have to add oil at all and it came out perfect! Just make sure the surface of the pan is evenly heated.

Egg:
Cooking an egg with a cutter is a tricky one. It’s not a factory made egg mold, so the bottom isn’t perfectly even which means when you put an egg in, it can leak out from the bottom of the cutter. So I’ll show you how I did it. I’m sure there’s a better way, and I’ll post if I figure it out.

You’ll need a stick-like thing to put on over the cutter. I snapped a disposable chopstick in half and used that.

1. Crack an egg in a bowl, and rub oil on the cutter.

How to use a handmade Totoro metal cutter to cook an egg

2. On a well heated frying pan, put the metal cutter, sharp-side up.

How to use a handmade Totoro metal cutter to cook an egg

3. Put the chopsticks across the cutter. Do NOT touch the metal cutter! It can get very hot.

How to use a handmade Totoro metal cutter to cook an egg

4. Push down the chopsticks with one hand and pour the egg with the other hand.

How to use a handmade Totoro metal cutter to cook an egg

5. Hold the chopsticks down for a while. (Once the egg is hard enough you can let it go.)

How to use a handmade Totoro metal cutter to cook an egg

How to use a handmade Totoro metal cutter to cook an egg

6. When the egg is cooked, take it out of the pan. Gently push all around the edge of the egg with a spoon.

How to use a handmade Totoro metal cutter to cook an egg

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

Decorated with a piece of lettuce

One way to make the bottom of the cutter even is to put the cutter on a flat surface, put a flat thing on top and put something heavy (but not too heavy) on the top and leave it for a while.

How to use a handmade Totoro metal cutter to cook an egg

How to use a handmade Totoro metal cutter to cook an egg

We enjoyed the delicious Totoro invasion a lot! For the batter I used a recipe I got from a Japanese recipe site, and I loved it. It’s super fluffy and sweet. I did a little how-to on the egg but I think it’s totally okay if some egg white gets out of the mold. It gives it character.

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

I ate the smaller Totoros.

Non-bento #35: Totoro breakfast

Derek ate the big Totoro and then some!

Let’s see what else I can make with the cutter… ;)

For the Totoro shaped cutter, check out How to make a cookie cutter / food shaper!

All the photos for “How to use a Totoro metal cutter to make an egg” are on my flickr too!
How to use a Totoro metal cutter to make an egg

For more pictures of my bento, visit Bento and non-bento! set and Bento details! set on my flickr page. (On the photos in the “Bent and non-bento!” set on my flickr, you can see the notes on the food explaining what they are.)

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MichaelNo Gravatar May 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Can you post a link to the recipe you used for the batter? Those pancakes look delicious!

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar May 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

Thanks everyone!

Michael,
I’ll add the recipe for the pancake to this post soon. It’s really easy and makes super fluffy pancakes. :)

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boboNo Gravatar May 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Totally love the idea of totoro sunny side up! it sure brightens my day!
Maybe you can registered for your totoro cutters and selling it online..haha..

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JeeJeeNo Gravatar May 5, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I love your creation!!!

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PapacheongNo Gravatar May 6, 2011 at 4:54 am

That really looks and sounds good!

Papacheong
http://home-cook-dishes-for-family.blogspot.com/

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SunitNo Gravatar May 6, 2011 at 10:14 am

Ohhh I love what you’ve done! Those eggs looks really spot on, and totoro’s an old favourite :D

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Video GamesNo Gravatar May 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Totally love the idea of totoro sunny side up! it sure brightens my day!

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Hungry HippoNo Gravatar May 8, 2011 at 7:26 am

Batter! Batter! Batter!

(As in: please post the recipe; it looks great!)

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AnnaTheRedNo Gravatar May 9, 2011 at 11:34 am

Fluffy pancake recipe added to the post! (After the very last photo in “Pancakes”, right before “Egg”)

Enjoy the fluffy goodness!

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WagsNo Gravatar May 11, 2011 at 11:13 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE all your Totoro things! I asked my sweety to make me some Totoro shaped cutters for my birthday! <3 Please keep posting!

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sgrmse.No Gravatar January 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

loool! the “lettuce” deco is way cute! it’s super miniature :D

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HaruhiNo Gravatar March 20, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I really love the egg… but I’m not very good at cooking… last time I actually burn the bottom of the eggs using the round metal cutter cause top of the egg are not cook… then the second time i cooked it… the bottom is fine but still a little burn.. but the top actually not smooth… I guess the temperature are too hot.. *blush*

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WendersNo Gravatar August 28, 2013 at 7:21 am

Pancakes are cute! Have you heard of Egg-In-A-Hole? You can try that with your pancake with the Totoro cut-out of it, thereby making Totoro-A-Hole. Your pancake becomes your mold. Or you can use on sliced bread too for the original Egg-In-A-Hole!

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WendersNo Gravatar August 28, 2013 at 7:22 am

Typo: meant Totoro-In-A-Hole

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