Last week, a particular post about using a rice cooker to cook a giant pancake took the food world by storm. Of course it caught my interest as I love pancakes and thought it would be fun to experiment with. At what point is a pancake no longer a pancake, but is just a cake?
The instructions were relatively simple, pour pancake batter into a Japanese rice cooker, and cook for about 45 minutes. Easy enough I thought, I do have a Japanese rice cooker after all.
I have a Zojirushi NS-TGC10 5 cup rice cooker. I used Hungry Jack Complete Extra Light and Fluffy pancake mix at the largest serving measurement. Why Hungry Jack? Because it was on sale. I also added green tea powder (matcha) into the mix to add a bit of flavor. The batter came out to about 5 cups. I poured the batter into the nonstick inner container and was ready to start cooking…but then, I was a bit confused. Which cooking option do I use? The original post says to just hit the start button and cook for about 45 minutes. Since the instructions were somewhat vague, I opted for the cake option on my rice cooker. Yes, my rice cooker makes cakes and I’m surprised using pancake batter never crossed my mind.