Rice Cooker Pancakes, So Hot Right Now

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.

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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.

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Coincidentally, the cake cooking option is pre-set for 45 minutes, and I have the option to either reduce or extend the cooking time.  45 minutes should be good enough.

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It’s a thing of beauty.  I had to let it rest for a little bit after cooking.  The center was still a bit gooey, but a quick zap in the microwave solved that problem.

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It sure beats standing around the stove making pancakes one at a time.  It may be a lot of pancake, but it freezes well and you’ll have plenty on hand.

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