Lets say you have a rice cooker/steamer and you don't mind waiting a couple of hours for a big breakfast. What do you do? Well, I'll show you how to make a delicious pancake without using a stove top and with minimal materials.
Step 1: Materials / Ingredients
You'll need a rice cooker, a metal bowl, 1 chopstick, a towel, some pancake batter, oil, and 2 cups of water (for boiling/heating the bowl).
Step 2: Pre-Cooking Stage
This next step is very easy. Add water to the steamer/rice cooker, coat the bowl in oil (about 2 inches high), and put the bowl into the steamer.
Step 3: Pour in the Batter!
-Check to see if the bowl is warm. Put your hand above the bowl and if in 5 seconds, its hot, then its ready to put in the batter.
-Pour in the premixed batter. Don't worry if you see chunks. Don't beat the batter too much, otherwise, it'll be a very thin and hard to eat/enjoy pancake.
Step 4: Chopstick
Take a chopstick and put it on the bowl. This is to ensure that the bowl won't jump around, causing an uneven cooked pancake.
Step 5: Towel
-Put a towel over the entire rice cooker/steamer. This is a critical step. It prevents water from dripping of the lid to the pancake, causing unwanted sogginess. The goal is only to heat the batter, not steam it.
-Close the lid and fold up the edges of the towel. This is to ensure there isn't any gaps on the lid, allowing steam to escape.
Step 6: Checking Cooking Status
After an hour of cooking, stick a chopstick/toothpick onto the center of the pancake. If there's no moisture on the stick, then its 90% done. Close the lid and wait another 1/2 hour.
Step 7: FINISHED!
This is the best and most exciting step. Freeing and eating the pancake cake!
-Get a 7-8" size plate, flip the bowl onto the plate, and the pancake will fall off!
What's the result? You get a massively huge pancake that is cooked completely evenly without slaving over a hot, oil spewing stove top. What's more, it isn't too greasy/oily (well, only the bottom half is slightly greasy).
It tastes and feels like a cake.
Why do this? Well, now you have the ability to cook/steam cakes (small ones) in a small appliance in only 5 easy steps!
Rice cookers/steamers aren't only for dinners and lunches, they can be used for breakfast and snacks as well.
If you have any questions/comments/concerns, just leave a comment or two. I don't check my Email messages very often.