Rice Cooker Banana Bread


I was digging around the internet the other day and found a very interesting recipe which I thought I would share with you. It’s called “No-Fuss Rice Cooker Banana Bread” but what made me sit up and take notice is that you can cook it in your rice cooker!

Yes, really, I didn’t know that was possible but, according to Amy Frasca, the author, its regularly enjoyed by Japanese people who, as we all know, practically live out of their rice cookers. So, without further ado, lets take a look at how to cook great tasting banana bread in a rice cooker this should be fun!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups enriched white flour
  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda*
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium to large bananas)
  • 1/3 cups softened butter
  • 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • Cooking oil

* Baking soda may not be available everywhere (for example if you are in Japan) but, if you can’t find it, don’t worry; extra baking powder can be added as a substitute without a noticeable difference. I’ve found that an extra teaspoon of baking powder works well in this case.

For extra sweetness, substitute a portion of white sugar for an equal amount of packed brown sugar. Or, add 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract along with the wet ingredients.

DIRECTIONS:

Egg yolk mixed with flour
Egg yolk mixed with flour

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk until the ingredients are well mixed.

Next, add the bananas, butter, milk, and egg. These should be mixed until the batter has a uniform and thick, creamy consistency. If you own an electric mixer, let it do the work (low setting recommended). If not, the bananas and butter may give you some difficulty when hand-mixing it. To make things easier, make sure you let the butter soften long enough beforehand. Also, if you put the bananas into a plastic freezer bag, you can make sure they’re well-mashed without making a huge mess.

Hazelnuts, whole and processed nuts in white bowls

At this point, you can stir in any other ingredient you may want, like chopped nuts or a bit of dried fruit. Feel free to try out your own variations on the recipe!

Before pouring the batter into the rice cooker’s pot, remember the most important step! Coat the inside of the pot lightly with cooking oil. Paper towels help to spread it properly. Otherwise, the banana bread will stick to the inside as it cooks.

Now simply pour the batter evenly into the pot and start the cooker. I use the same settings as when I make rice. On my rice cooker, the bread isn’t done after just one cycle, so I let it run twice, though this could vary based on your rice cooker. With mine, I have to allow the cooker to cool down for a few minutes in between cycles, as it won’t start again right away.

That’s it! After it’s done, pop the bread out onto a serving tray or plate and enjoy!

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