Rice Cooker Bread

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So, let's say you're a student. You live in a residence, and they probably don't allow hot plates. You definitely can't have an oven. But you love baking bread! Well, never fear, I have the answer. Rice cooker bread. Rice cookers are usually ok to use in residences because they have an auto-off (or at least auto-don't cook anymore) so that you won't burn anything down. And the bread they make is just delicious.

This will take you anywhere from 3-5 hours, so make sure you budget yourself enough time. Prep time is about 30 mins, then two 1 hour rises, plus 1.5-3 hours of baking depending on yuor rice cooker.
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Step 1: Ingredients

Gather your ingredients. You'll also need a rice cooker. Fancy ones are probably better, but mine is the simplest they come, so yours can do it too!

You'll need:

1.5 cups flour
5 grams yeast
21 grams sugar (about 1.5 tbsp)
6.5 grams salt (about 1.5 tsp)
21 grams butter
30ml milk
180 ml water

once you've made it a couple times you can adjust the ingredients to taste, or add in your own secret ingredients. This is a very flexible bread, its taste is not very strong, so it could easily take on other flavours. A saltier or yeastier bread goes very well with chilie, by the way.

Step 2: Mix dry ingredients

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Before you start, put your 5g yeast in a bowl or cup and add a pinch of sugar and a little (maybe 1/4cup) warm water. Let it proof for aroud ten minutes.

Mix them up into the bowl of your rice cooker. Yeah, right in there! You don't really need any more than three dishes for this bread, I love it.

That's your flour, salt, and sugar.

Step 3: Add Wet Ingredients

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Add the water, milk and yeast. Just dump them right in along with the dry ingredients.
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otacha5 years ago
What happen if I omit the Butter?

I know this was 5 years ago but if you can substitute coconut oil 1 to 1 for butter. Same consistency and it will make the bread slightly nutty in flavor.

Robotrix (author)  otacha5 years ago
Science happens! record your findings if you attempt this. You will need some other fat to prevent the dough from sticking to the sides of the cooking pot.

Acidentally burned one side, after only 15 minutes cooking. Turned out fine though, nice. I did have to add a whole lot more flour though. Still, great idea!!

bamboo422 years ago
Hmm, challenge accepted. I had this idea on the way back home tonight and I have learned it is always best to check instructables to see if anyone has paved the way. I am not a student, I am an ex-chef that used to cook the bread for our restaurant everyday. Tired of the long hours and shit pay I re-trained as an English teacher and I am currently in Shanghai. I only have two hobs (gas tops) and a rice cooker. I am going to do a few experiments and get back to you on this one. Good on you sir.
Well what were your results?
SAGE274 years ago
Can this be done with a slow cooker or crock pot?
crock pot bread baking was all the rage in the 70's often in an old coffie tin with the top cut out and buttered and slid into the round crock pots... if using an oval crock pot try just useing a metal bread loaf.. When I get another crock pot I am trying this.. When I get a rice cooker I am trying this.. (both on amazon for under 40.00 dollars and on my amazon wish list.
Robotrix (author)  SAGE274 years ago
sure, i don't see why not!
dedwardh8 years ago
I made your bread - excellent!
A co-worker stopped by to give me a loaf of bread she had baked in her rice-cooker. (therefore getting me interested) It was robust to say the least. I recommend everyone also try a plain old white bread recipe (no butter) to see what it is possible. Today I made yellow cake. It turned out about 50 times better than I expected. Same plot. Just throw everything together and cook it till its done. I used the first recipe I came across:
cake recipe
It's so cute!!! >.<
did you make this cake in a conventional rice cooker or the one with baking function? cause your cake looks amazing. i tried baking a cake in a normal rice cooker the one without the baking function and my cake got burnt at the bottom and didn't cook all the way through. if you don't mind, share some baking tips using a rice cooker with me. would mean a lot. thanks.
I have never seen a rice cooker with a baking function.   It was a standard rice cooker, HOWEVER, it was a standard JAPANESE rice cooker (fancy!) - not one of those $15 Wal-mart jobs with only one switch.  I believe the nicer ones have thermostats to prevent them from getting too hot.  When doing a cake, you really can't flip it easily, so you need a kinder, gentler cooker.  Those cheap ones are pretty harsh - which is fine with a bread, because you can flip it when you need to.  If you don't want to shell out the $$$ for a fancy nice cooker, I would suggest attempting to flip your cake, if possible, or maybe lining the bottom with something? 
this is a great idea though i want to try this soon
guys the Asian rice cookers they cook diffrently American rice cookers are designed to cook regular rice while ours is made to cook sticky rice we tried to cook sticky rice in an American one and it fails ours is made special so yall will have different results
this is not to be rasict or anything just facts
Robotrix (author)  dedwardh8 years ago
wow! Nice loaf! Did you have to flip it, or did it cook all the way through on its own? I just made some soda bread a couple days ago that turned out really well, but i've noticed that so far rice cooker bread lacks a lot of the fluff and texture that oven bread has.
That is the cake I made - not the bread. No flip needed. I should have taken a picture of the loaf my friend made. It had perfect fluff and texture, and an excellent crust, however you are right: It will not be possible to get a really thick, tough, or crispy crust on a bread using a rice cooker, but some recipes will do better in the cooker than others, I think. If you haven't already, I suggest making up a plain loaf to see what you can do with it. Just flour, water, yeast (and a pinch of sugar for the yeast). Here are some links to some Japanese pages on RCbread: 1 2 3 4
ahinckley3 years ago
I just moved to Japan a couple of months ago and have been wishing I could make homemade bread but unfortunately ovens are very uncommon here. Luckily I have a rice cooker and stumbled upon this site! I was wondering if anyone has tried this with whole wheat? Any suggestions?
miskalala3 years ago
Tried it out today and made pictures to show how it turned out.
(I added a soda can to the picture to give a scale idea of the result)
My rice cooker is a chinese Philips one and I used the standard rice cooking program twice - for each side once that is.
I still prefer an oven baked bread, but if you sont have that option, it's a very nice alternative.
Robotrix (author)  miskalala3 years ago
That looks delicious! Yeah I definitely prefer oven bread as well, and it's a luxury I now enjoy, but when you're in a pinch this is great and very tasty.
darkfalz796 years ago
That looks good, could you do a cake the same way? I don't see why not... maybe the sugar would pose a problem.
I think I should make an instructable on rice cooker cheese cake...
can it be done can u do it.......
Have you done this yet?!? :D

kempoka8h5 years ago
If you don't want to have to mix up the ingredients every time, go to and search for no-knead bread. Click on the first one, and you can make a big batch of dough that rises, then store it in your refrigerator for up to two weeks! I have used the dough to make flatbreads, loaves, and even as I write, I have some dinner roll-sized thingies in a dutch oven in my regular oven. When I saw this rice cooker posting though, I realized that the two were made for each other! Make the dough, then use the steamer thing to steam-bake it in the rice cooker! I just set mine to cooking a few minutes ago. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Self-reliance is BEST! I bake my own bread, brew my own beer, grow my own tobacco, and roll my own smokes. I get by cheaper than buying stuff, and have better stuff than store-bought.
J@50n5 years ago
Making another loaf today! it was sooooo good it was gone in one day. by just my family of four.

Also, i found that i needed to add 3/4 cups flour to be able to knead it.

Great instructable! 5*****!
sam5 years ago
One of the biggest obstacles for me baking doughy things has been finding a good place to proof things... even if one didn't bake the bread in the rice cooker, it seems like it might be a great proofing oven.

Where I work in the summer we have a proofing oven, and it enables us to whip up some foccacia in no time, as well as other yummy stuff like danishes. It would be pretty cool to be able to do that at home.
J@50n5 years ago
 when the rice cooker turns to warm, should i make it stay on cook by jamming an eraser into it or should i leave it on warm??? please help.

J@50n5 years ago
 I'm in the process of step six!
blaminack7 years ago
I must say that I find this extremely clever. I see that you attribute the idea to another place, but still the independence of it is impressive. I think that developing skills and ingenuity will get you far in life. I love to see things like this, because it shows me that this is a person that is not trapped in life and will be an over comer. I know that getting bread is not a HUGE obstacle but I like that some one is of the sort that thinks for them selves and makes due with what is at hand. I may be reading too much into this, but strangely it makes me think that I can see something about your character, and I am impressed. Have a good day.
This whole thing was taken from a manga. The recipe is even written down in it.
true, actually it was taken from Yakitate Japan. Anyway, thanks @Robotrix for the effort of showing this to us. =)
Robotrix (author)  Reeferman5 years ago
best series ever made.
Robotrix (author)  blaminack7 years ago
Blaminack, I appreciate your comment. All I can say is that you've never got everything you want in life, but with a little adaptability you can get pretty close. I love instructables because it's all about that, and everyone here is thrilled to take the chance and build something themselves that they might not be able to have otherwise. You've just to be willing to look everywhere for inspiration!
Lilium Robotrix5 years ago
I thought the Instructable itself was super, but this comment thread is just as good _;
noelle_tan6 years ago
Just curious, why do you need to bake twice?
dyermaker88 years ago
For anybody that cares, one of the easiest big improvements in your breadmaking will happen when you begin using a "sourdough" starter instead of relying on yeast packets to do all the work.
Robotrix (author)  dyermaker88 years ago
got an instructable on making starter? I read a little bit about it, does it significantly change the taste of the breads you make with it, or is it just a convenient way to get fresher yeast?
Starter uses bacteria to produce hydrogen, much the same way that yeast produces CO2. It's a different flavor that isn't bad. My favorite starter type bread is Salt-rising. This uses the bacteria produced by leaving wet cornmeal out over night. I find yeast bread a whole lot easier to make though, and I happen to like the taste of yeast.
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