Rice cookers are great to have in your kitchen arsenal. They are compact and efficient. I had never considered using the rice cooker beyond rice until recently. If you have a high-end rice cooker with heat settings & steaming capabilities, there are endless possibilities for what you can create. I have the college-kid, basic edition of a rice cooker. I thought I would try out using the rice cooker to cook & bake. It worked out really well but it did require time, patience, and I had no idea if the food would be good until it was done. Once again, if you find a recipe you like–read the comments section. I tweaked my recipes & they turned out great! My successful experiments were with banana bread and macaroni & cheese.
The original recipe was correct that it would take about 90 minutes. My bread was more than “2 cycles” in my rice cooker. I simply set it to “cook” and when it popped over to “warm,” I left it for 5-6 minutes until it would let me turn it back to “cook” and repeated for around 90 minutes. The bread was cooked all of the ways through, it was soft and chewy and it tasted great!
Ingredients I used:
- 3 bananas (soft brown ones)
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (my addition)
Per the original recipe, I put the bananas, butter, and sugar in a mixer and mixed until smooth. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix. Sift together dry ingredients then slowly mix with wet mixture.
Grease the inside of a rice cooker, add batter and start. Cooking time depends on the brand of rice cooker but it should bake around 90 minutes.
I tried out two recipes for the mac n cheese–you want the addition of sour cream & you only need to cook the mixture for 17-18 minutes and then remove from heat and add in your cheese.
Ingredients I used:
- 2 cups bite-sized pasta
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2-3 cups grated cheese (I used white cheddar and smoked mozzarella)
- salt & pepper to taste (I also sprinkled a little cayenne on top)
- Place all ingredients except the cheese inside the rice cooker and switch to “cook”
- Stir the ingredients enough to incorporate the sour cream and cover with the lid
- Cook for 18 minutes–this may be several cycles in your rice cooker **I stirred mine twice while it was cooking
Unplug the rice cooker and stir in the cheese
- Add your salt & pepper and ENJOY!
I had a failed attempt at a cake. I could smell a little burning while it was cooking but I intended to simply remove a small layer of the sides/bottom. Unfortunately, it was not cooked all of the ways through and the bottom and sides were horribly burned. That is okay: I found two great recipes that I would make again in the process. Have you used your rice cooker beyond making rice? I think it is a nice option that saves space & has easy to clean up in the kitchen!