Sweet and Spicy Hotteok (Sweet and Spicy Korean Handcakes)
1 cup lukewarm milk2 tsp white sugar1 tsp instant dry yeast 1/2 tsp kosher salt2 cups AP flour plus about 1/4 cup extra for kneading1 Tbsp neutral oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp gochugaru Korean chili flakes
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
pinch of salt
Combine milk, sugar, yeast, salt, and flour in a large bowl and mix until a dough is formed. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap to prevent a draft from disturbing the dough. Rest the dough for about an hour at room temperature.
After an hour has passed, punch the dough a few times to release any gas bubbles. Cover the bowl again and rest for another 10-20 minutes.
Drop about 1/4 cup of flour onto your working surface. Place dough onto the surface and knead for about a minute. After kneading, separate the dough into 8 equal-sized balls.
To stuff the dough, take one of the balls in your hand and flatten it with your palms and fingers. Drop about 1 tablespoon of filling into the center of the dough and bring up the edges around the filling to seal it like a package. Repeat for remaining dough balls.