Imagine cooking up a delicious pancake breakfast for your family, WITHOUT devoting half an hour (or more!) to standing at the griddle making them one at a time. Intrigued? I was too! I’ve always loved pancakes, but they’ve become more of a special occasion or weekends kind of breakfast for us. It’s no fun to be stuck at the stove flipping pancakes while everybody else gets to eat! So when I heard about a way to make one giant pancake, rather than a bunch of little ones, I was eager to give it a try!
This unique method requires almost no effort at all on your part, and the only piece of equipment you need is your trusty rice cooker! You’ll end up with one tall and springy pancake that can be sliced into individual servings, just like a regular cake. Top with butter and syrup, or whatever your preferred pancake accompaniments may be, and eat up! Pancakes for a crowd just got WAY easier.
Rice Cooker Pancake
- Prepared pancake batter
- Additional ingredients (optional)
- Rice cooker
- Cooking spray
You’ll start by whipping up a batch of your favorite pancake mix. If you’re looking to go as simple as possible, look no further than my recipe for homemade “Shake and Pour” pancake batter. If you’re looking for a bit more flavor, I’m quite partial to the Buttermilk Pancakes I featured in my post about using up leftover buttermilk. We ended up using two prepared batches of the “Shake and Pour” pancake mix.
Read More: Make Your Own “Shake and Pour” Pancakes!
Read More: 12 Ways to Use Up Leftover Buttermilk
Prepare your rice cooker by coating the inside with your cooking spray. Pour your pancake batter into the rice cooker, and stop when you’ve filled the cooker about half way, to allow for expansion.
At this point you can add any pancake add-ins that you and your family enjoy, like chocolate chips, blueberries, bananas, or cocoa powder. This step is optional, of course. :-)
Turn your rice cooker on and let the pancake cook until done. Ours took about 3 hours to cook, but it will vary depending on your rice cooker, so it may be easier to go off of visual cues.
The top of the pancake should be set, meaning it shouldn’t jiggle when you move the cooker around. You should also test to make sure the inside is done by sticking a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean, you’re ready to eat!
Flip your cooker upside down to slide your pancake out onto a plate. Slice like a cake, and serve warm with all your favorite pancake toppings. Delicious!