HappyFood Friday! We are finishing out the rice cooker series (for now) by experimenting with a big ol' thick pancake! Or should I say pot cake? That sounds a little weird. I know what you're thinking. Oh well, you know that at the end of the day, I'm looking for convenience!! What is easy? What can I set and forget? What will all the kids eat? Or for you college kids, what is easy to cook up in my dorm room?
One thing I have to say about pancakes, is that it takes forever just for me to make a stack. I can't even get a stack going because the kids get hungry and so they go ahead and eat while I desperately try to catch up. Then it never fails that I'm the last one sitting there eating the last pancake, and everyone else has gone on to other things. So I say YES to getting em cooked all at once! Here is the short video that shows you my process.
- Spray your rice cooker pot with some nonstick cooking spray.
- Use your favorite pancake mix or batter from scratch and pour it into the cooker. (I used Aunt Jemima pancake mix for now.) Just make sure you don't fill the pot up with too much batter because if it rises too high and sticks to the top, well then you've got a problemo. 😳
- Press Cook.
- If you have a fancy rice cooker with different settings and a timer etc, then set it on Regular for 45 minutes.
- To check if it's done, feel the top of the cake and it should feel springy. You can also check to see if it's done by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out clean or with just a few crumbs on it then you're done!
**I have just a simple rice cooker with only two settings. Cook and Warm. So if you have that kind of rice cooker then you will find that it will only stay on Cook for an initial 10 minutes or so, then it will switch to Warm. If your cooker is like mine, then trying to immediately press it back down to Cook will not work and it will just snap back to Warm. So wait about 5-10 minutes or so when you can switch it back to Cook.
Leave it alone after that point. (It will still continue to cook the batter even when it switches back to Warm again.) It can take anywhere from a TOTAL of 45 minutes to 1½ hours to completely cook depending on your rice cooker AND how much batter you have in there. I know that seems too long to bother with, BUT I can get other things done while that's cooking rather than being chained to the stovetop cooking pancakes the regular way. 😉 Experiment with cooking times with your particular cooker and what kind of consistency or fluffiness you want for your pancakes. 😋
If I ever get a rice cooker with the fancy settings and a timer, I will continue this series and see about other recipes I've wanted to try! Meanwhile, stay tuned for other HappyFood recipes...😄🍴