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Make an Enormous Pancake Using a Rice Cooker!

Updated on September 28, 2014
Gigantic pancakes are easy to make with a rice cooker!
Gigantic pancakes are easy to make with a rice cooker! | Source

It's easy to create a giant "novelty" pancake using a rice cooker!

Rice cooker pancakes come out so large that they need to be sliced like cakes. Depending on the batter ingredients, these enormous pancakes may be light, fluffy, and remarkably tall, or flatter and more dense.

You can use your favorite pancake batter with the rice cooker. I used a vegan blueberry pancake batter for the pictures featured in this article. As you can see, this created a relatively short cake but still a very tall pancake!

Scroll down for step-by-step instructions on how to make a giant rice cooker pancake.

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Why Make an Enormous Pancake?

Most of us are pretty excited to enjoy a pancake breakfast. But sometimes it just seems to take too long to prepare and cook pancakes on my griddle. It's a simple enough process, but it's time consuming and requires almost constant attention. I find that my sons sometimes get impatient and hungry waiting for this special breakfast and are therefore less likely to actually enjoy the meal when they sit down to eat. As for me, I'm pretty tired by the time all of the pancakes are made, and it feels more like a relief than a celebration when they're finally served.

Making a single, gigantic pancake in a rice cooker is a game changer!

This method requires only a modest amount of attention and effort, and the results are fantastic! The boys are fed before they're "starving," and I don't feel I've spent too much of my precious time and energy standing around, flipping pancakes. Everyone seems to be in a better mood when we sit down to eat. Although the enormous pancake takes about as much time to prepare as regular pancakes, it's not as much work since I don't have to constantly mind the cooking.

Don't get me wrong - I think regular pancakes are terrific! But it's fun to switch things up sometimes by making an outrageously gigantic pancake!

This is a basic model rice cooker. It has a simple "on" button that automatically switches to "warm" when the rice is finished. It comes with a steaming tray for veggies and has a non-stick cooking insert.
This is a basic model rice cooker. It has a simple "on" button that automatically switches to "warm" when the rice is finished. It comes with a steaming tray for veggies and has a non-stick cooking insert.

What Is a Rice Cooker?

Rice cookers are convenient electric kitchen gadgets. Just put in the rice and water, flick the machine on, and let it cook up a perfect batch of rice.

Why use a rice cooker rather than a saucepan on the stove? If you're making a big meal, using a rice cooker will free up precious stovetop space. Also, the rice cooker uses less energy than the stovetop. And you don't need to monitor the rice cooker as closely as rice on the stovetop, since the machine simply stops cooking and automatically goes to the "keep warm" setting when the rice is done.

Some rice cookers have timers, allowing you to program when you want the rice to be finished. How's that for convenience?

There are also models that come with a steaming tray, so that you can easily steam veggies at the top of the unit while cooking rice below the steaming tray. I really like that feature, since you can put a whole meal together very easily!

All rice cookers feature non-stick inserts so that clean-up is quick and easy.

Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup (Cooked) Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, Stainless Steel
Aroma Housewares ARC-914SBD 8-Cup (Cooked) Digital Cool-Touch Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, Stainless Steel

There are many different styles, sizes, and features available when it comes to rice cookers, so you can pick the model that best suits your needs. This particular rice cooker is an excellent all-around model at a good price.

 

How to Make an Enormous Pancake Using a Rice Cooker

Start by pouring the pancake batter into the rice cooker, closing the lid, and turning the rice cooker on.
Start by pouring the pancake batter into the rice cooker, closing the lid, and turning the rice cooker on.
The rice cooker heats the batter, and the pancake begins to bake.
The rice cooker heats the batter, and the pancake begins to bake.
After some time, the rice cooker may think that the batter is done and will automatically stop cooking and switch to the "warm" (or "off") setting. Check the rice cooker every now and then and put it back on "cook" if necessary.
After some time, the rice cooker may think that the batter is done and will automatically stop cooking and switch to the "warm" (or "off") setting. Check the rice cooker every now and then and put it back on "cook" if necessary.
Mmmm....You can smell the pancake cooking! But since you don't have to stand around waiting to flip pancakes, you're free to set the table or do whatever else you choose!
Mmmm....You can smell the pancake cooking! But since you don't have to stand around waiting to flip pancakes, you're free to set the table or do whatever else you choose!
The pancake is ready. See how it pulls away from the side of the rice cooker and is a beautiful golden brown? You can also use a toothpick to test if it's done. If the toothpick comes out of the pancake relatively clean and dry, the pancake is done.
The pancake is ready. See how it pulls away from the side of the rice cooker and is a beautiful golden brown? You can also use a toothpick to test if it's done. If the toothpick comes out of the pancake relatively clean and dry, the pancake is done.
Carefully lift the pancake out of the rice cooker using a utensil that will not damage the non-stick surface. If you've sprayed the insert with oil before adding the batter, you may be able to just flip the pancake out.
Carefully lift the pancake out of the rice cooker using a utensil that will not damage the non-stick surface. If you've sprayed the insert with oil before adding the batter, you may be able to just flip the pancake out.
Slice the pancake like a cake. Feel free to top it with fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup, cinnamon and sugar, whipped cream, or anything else that would go well with your pancake!
Slice the pancake like a cake. Feel free to top it with fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup, cinnamon and sugar, whipped cream, or anything else that would go well with your pancake!
With a smile like this, you know it's a hit!
With a smile like this, you know it's a hit!

Tips for Making Pancakes in a Rice Cooker

  • Although rice cookers have a non-stick surface, spraying the bowl with an oil spray (like Pam) may make it possible to simply flip the pancake out of the container once it's cooked.
  • The time it takes to cook the pancake depends on the size of the rice cooker, the amount of batter used, and the manner in which your specific rice cooker cooks. This may be anything from 20 minutes to a bit more than an hour.
  • It is common for the rice cooker to turn itself off before the pancake is done. This is because the unit senses that the rice (which it assumes it is cooking!) is finished. Depending on how your rice cooker works, you have several options. You may be able to simply re-set it to "cook." Sometimes leaving the lid open for about a minute and then putting it on "cook" does the trick. The pancake may also be able to continue cooking when the unit sits on "warm," though it may take longer for it to finish.
  • If the pancake cooks too long, the bottom may become well-done or even burned. If this happens, simply cut off the burned bit if you don't care for the taste. (The pancake is more likely to burn if there is too much batter in the unit so that the bottom burns before the inside is baked all the way through.)
  • Do not overfill the container with batter! Remember that the batter may rise as it bakes, and if it rises to the level of the lid, that will create a sticky, icky mess!

You're in Charge!

You are the boss when making these enormous pancakes!

Use whatever kind of batter suits your taste and dietary needs. It can be from a store-bought mix, homemade, filled with berries or chocolate chips, vegan, gluten-free, sweet, or savory.

Select whatever kind of toppings you like.

And serve it at whatever time of day you choose. Who says pancakes are just for breakfast?

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      We'd have to get a different style of rice cooker, but it does look like a neat thing to try. : )

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I have to save this to my food board! I have a rice cooker and this would be a terrific idea for my gang!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Clever idea! Love the young man waiting to eat his share!

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      Ann Hinds 3 years ago from So Cal

      Going to try this. Totally different way to think of a pancake.