Just because it’s called rice cookers doesn’t mean you can only use it to make rice. Cuckoo rice cookers are so hi-tech, you can make almost anything including yummy, indulgent desserts.
Many people these days, especially those studying for their degrees, often opt for quick fixes when it comes to food. These quick fixes include instant noodles, a bag of chips, and a chocolate bar that requires no prepping whatsoever. If you decide that you need to treat yourself a proper dessert you can easily make with your Cuckoo rice cooker, then follow these simple recipes.
Japanese Anime Bread
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If you’re a fan of anime, then you should be familiar with Yakikate!! Japan which tells the story of a boy and his friends on their journey to create a national bread for Japan. One of the pieces of bread featured in the anime is the suihana-pan or rice cooker bread.
To make this anime bread, you will need:
- 5 cups of flour
- 25 tsp of yeast
- 5 tbsp of sugar
- 5 tsp of salt
- 5 tbsp of butter
- 30ml of milk
- 180 ml of hot water
Begin by mixing the yeast and sugar in the hot water and let it sit for 10 minutes. While the yeast mixture is setting, mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Once 10 minutes have passed, you can add the yeast mixture along with the milk. Knead thoroughly for another 10 minutes and set it aside once more for 1 to 2 hours to let it rise.
Afterwards, place the dough in your warmed Cuckoo rice cooker, preferably the Cuckoo Black HN10, after you’ve greased the bowl with butter. You’ll be cooking the bread for a total of 3 hours while flipping the bread every hour. Once both sides of the bread have turned golden brown, your anime bread is ready to consume.
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Want to try the famous Japanese jiggly cheesecake but have no time or the cash to get it? Fret not because you can make your own with Cuckoo rice cooker. To make the basic Japanese cheesecake (without the jam or the toppings), you’ll need:
- 8oz of cream cheese
- 6 ½ tbsp. of granulated sugar
- 5 tbsp of flour
- 200ml of milk
- 2 tbsp of lemon juice
- 2 eggs, separated
- powdered sugar for dusting
Whisk the cream cheese until it resembles a frosting; it’s better to let the cream cheese sit out to reach room temperature before doing this. Next, add the egg yolks, sugar, and lemon juice; whisk until they’re combined and smooth. Sift the cake flour into the batter and it’s crucial for you to carefully sift the flour in order for the cheesecake to rise and have a “jiggly” consistency. Fold the flour in while adding in the milk.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy or until soft peaks form with a standing mixer. Afterwards, gradually add the egg white mixture into the flour batter very gently so you don’t take any air out. Once thoroughly combined, pour the batter into a greased rice cooker pot, press the “cake” setting on your Cuckoo rice cooker, and wait until your cheesecake is done. Serve the cake on a plate and dust it with the powdered sugar.
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Your Cuckoo rice cooker can also make you various desserts that are not cake or bread. Like this tapioca pudding, for instance, a sweet and creamy porridge-like pudding that you can pair with fresh fruits like pineapple or berries.
These are the things you’ll need:
- 3 tbsp of small tapioca pearls, avoid the instant variant
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 egg
- ½ cup of sugar
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt
Get your Cuckoo rice cooker bowl and place the tapioca pearls inside. Pour in the milk, egg, sugar, and salt into the pot as well. Stir them until combined and close the Cuckoo rice cooker. Choose the “porridge” setting and wait until it’s done. After the rice cooker has finished cooking the dessert, take the bowl out and pour in the vanilla extract. You can serve the pudding while it’s warm or after it’s been refrigerated in a closed container.