How to make epic pancakes with your Japanese rice cooker

Rice Cooker Pancakes

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Every summer, I try to spend as many days as possible on the beach at Enoshima, and each time I get out of the station and walk towards the sand, I pass a long line of people waiting for a seat at the local pancake restaurant. This isn’t Japan’s only pancake joint with a lengthy wait, either, as you can find similar eateries with comparable lines in Tokyo, too.

It used to strike me as a little weird. After all, whipping up a stack of pancakes isn’t exactly the most challenging culinary feat. It can get tedious, though, as you settle into a monotonous pattern of plopping batter into the pan, flipping the half-cooked cake, and repeating over and over again.

Or, you could bypass all that by making an entire batch of pancakes all at once in a rice cooker.

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Make-Shift Cupcake Liners

Make-Shift Cupcake Liners

It happens to me all the time…I get all the ingredients for some cupcakes and whip up a tasty batter only to discover I have no cupcake liners in the cabinet. So rather than eat all the batter myself or simply throw it away, I created a relatively simple fix.

I’ll admit that parchment paper liners aren’t the prettiest substitute (The cupcakes always come out a little misshapen), but they still do the trick!

Here’s how to make them:

Cut squares of parchment paper about 5 inches by 5 inches. They do not need to be perfect! Lay them over each cupcake mold and gently press them in with a glass or plastic cup. immediately fill with batter so that the liner will keep shape. Repeat for each cupcake mold. Bake as directed and enjoy your silly-shape cupcakes!