Bake Bread in a Rice Cooker
Did you know you can bake wonderfully delicious bread in a rice cooker? It's true! Who needs an oven or a bread machine? You have a perfectly designed, non-stick bread maker right there on your counter! There are many varieties of bread out there that rely on 'slow baking' techniques. This is a great method, because it gives the yeast ample time to rise.
Rice cooker bread is as healthy as bread can be, and perfectly safe to eat if you cook it properly. This article is designed to train you how to bake bread in your rice cooker! So, for all the hungry bachelors and intrigued baking types, read on!
Baking Bread in a Rice Cooker
The key to baking bread in a rice cooker is patience. This is a slow baking bread, so it won't be done in an hour! You should budget at least 5 hours to your rice cooker bread experiment. Of course this doesn't mean you'll need 5 hours of constant work. Most of this time is spent waiting!
Assemble your favorite bread dough recipe; virtually any one will do! My personal favorite goes as follows:
3 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 cup of water
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp bread yeast
Mix all the ingredients together until you have a smooth dough. Knead it until it's about the consistency of your earlobe. Your rice cooker bread doesn't have to be too fancy, just make sure it's the right amount of dough for the pot. (You can safely halve or double this recipe to fit your needs!)
Rice Cooker Bread: Let It Rise
Your rice cooker bread now needs a chance to rise, twice. This is where the waiting game with bread baking comes into play, but it's the case with almost any handmade recipe. Lightly grease the sides and bottom of your rice cooker bowl, and place the dough in the center. Let your rice cooker bread dough rise for an hour, with the cooker set to warm to help it work. Once it doubles in size, punch it down, knead it, and let it rise again.
Once it doubles in size again, you're ready to start cooking! Rice cooker bread needs to bake for a while, so let it do its thing. You may need to use tape or something to hold down the cook button on the cooker.
Let your rice cooker bread bake for an hour, and then inspect it. Flip the bread over, and cook it on the other side for another hour. After that, flip it again and cook for a third hour. Keep an eye on it: if it starts to burn you may have to flip it earlier. Temperatures are different for each rice cooker out there. During the course of these three hour-long baking sessions, your house will be filled with a wonderful aroma of rice cooker bread. Friends and neighbours may be spontaneously drawn to its deliciousness!
Once the third hour is done, you're done! Eat and enjoy! The bread will be quite dense, but it should be very good and work well with melted butter!