Rice cookers are staples in Japanese kitchens. After using them in China, and now in Japan, I’ve discovered how versatile they can be. Many people believe that you can only make rice in a rice cooker, but just because the name tells you so it doesn’t mean you can’t get creative. There are loads of simple dishes and drinks that can be made in a rice cooker in under an hour. Here are three of my favorite rice cooker recipes perfect for the cold season.
1. Spiced French toast casserole with azuki (red bean) spread
A great recipe that can be eaten for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
Serves: 4 Cook time: 45 minutes
Ingredients for the French toast:
- 4 slices of white bread
- 4 eggs
- 375ml of soy milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of mandarin orange juice
- ½ teaspoon of mandarin orange zest
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon of nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar (white sugar is okay, too!)
And for the azuki spread:
- 64 grams of azuki paste
- 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
- 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon
- With a sharp knife, cut the bread into small, square pieces.
- Next, in a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla extract, mandarin orange juice, mandarin orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and light brown sugar.
- Then, place the bread into the same mixing bowl as the mixture. With a spoon, evenly coat the bread with the mixture.
- Pour the bread into the rice cooker bowl and allow it to sit for five minutes.
- While the bread is in the rice cooker, place the azuki paste, unsalted butter, light brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Stir the ingredients together until the azuki paste is light in color.