Yes, you read right! Bread rolls made in a rice cooker!
Something that is difficult for many of us vegans in Japan is the struggle to find bread! Especially bread rolls to make things like burgers. If like most people here, you probably don’t own an oven or bread maker so baking your own is out of the question. But you may be surprised to learn if you own a rice cooker you can bake your bread at home!
These bread rolls are soft and fluffy and even better the recipe is very simple! Only four ingredients needed!!
Vegan Bread Rolls (made in rice cooker)
- rice cooker
- 2 1/2 cups flour (plus more for molding) I used white flour (小麦)
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tsp instant dry yeast
- 1 tsp sea salt
- Add the flour, yeast, salt and water to a bowl and mix until well combined. Loosely cover the bowl with tea towel or paper towel and let rest at room temperature for at least 2 hours (okay to leave overnight)
- After 2 hours or so, pour the dough onto a lightly floured surface and also lightly sprinkle top of dough with flour. Mold in to a round loaf. This dough requires no kneading, so you will need to fold the dough over it itself only a few times to form a nice round loaf shape.
- With a knife, cut into four quarters. Mold into bread rolls, pulling at the top a little on one side and then turning upside down, so you have a nice smooth surface on top (see picture). Top with seeds if desired
- Let rest for at least a further 30 mintues
- Lightly flour the surface of rice cooker bowl and add bread rolls. Select the bread cooking option if your rice cooker has it (it'll be under menu (メニュー) and pan-yaki (パン焼き )). Under this setting my bread was baked in 50 minutes.See notes about rice cooker settings
- Best eaten immediately! Or within 1-2 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.
- If you do not have the bread baking option, please manually select the time and cook for 50 minutes.
- If you cannot select any of these settings, you can always click the automatically cook button (the same way you cook rice) and it should be fine. The very first time I made this recipe I didn’t realise there was a bread cooking option, so I cooked it like I would usually cook rice (which was 80 minutes in total!) and the bread turned out fine!
- Add wholemeal flour instead of white.
- Add seeds, nuts and/or grains to the dough.
- Can be made into a bread loaf
- For smaller loaf or rolls half the ingredients
This is an example of halving the ingredients. It makes a nice small loaf, which can be cut in half and made into two sandwiches, or eaten with soup (or whatever you like!)
Ingredients guide for Japan residents
Instant dry yeast (インスタントドライイースト)
I’m sure there are many different options of instant dry yeast available in supermarkets, however this is the one I use.