Specialty appliances have no room in my kitchen, where I threw in quesadilla machines, strawberry shellers and even a garlic press to reduce my appliances to just the essentials. But a device that you won’t be parting with anytime soon? My bread maker.
Don’t be fooled by the name, this seemingly single-use appliance can do more than just bake bread. The bread makers come with a built-in mixing paddle and are capable of baking at fairly low temperatures, which means you basically have a slow cooker, instant stirrer, and mini oven all in one. machine that will not heat your kitchen.
My Zojirushi Home Bakery Virtuoso Plus can do it all gluten free bread To Pizza dough, but he can also concoct some less expected recipes. From scrambled eggs to slow roasts Chicken and Dumplings, discover these alternative uses of your bread maker.
No need to heat your kitchen for hours to simmer your favorite beef stew recipe. Your bread maker will heat and stir your stew for you on the “Jam” cycle and can even bake a few spoonfuls of cookie dough directly into the mix… if that’s how you roll your stew.
Leave room in your oven for those important party snacks by using the bread maker “Jam” cycle to reheat and stir your favorite dish artichoke dip recipe.
As you can do scrambled eggs in a slow cooker, You can also make them in a bread maker! While it may take longer to make scrambled eggs in the bread maker than on the stovetop, you’ll have fluffy eggs in about 15 minutes without even lifting a spatula. Drizzle with a little oil before pouring your egg mixture in the loaf pan and setting the machine to the “Jam” cycle, but you’ll have to wait to add cheese until the eggs are on the plate to reduce the mess.
Stirring the risotto can be a tedious task, but with the bread machine’s automatic stirring paddle (s) you will have a delicious creamy risotto by only having to press the “Jam” button once.
This Japanese treat is made with sweet rice flour and usually involves several steps and countless hours to prepare, but your bread maker specializes in flour and can make a batch of mochi (like this one). Zojirushi coconut butter mochi recipe) In few hours.
The bread that comes out of your bread maker doesn’t need to be mushy. Your machine can actually make meatloaf that your grandmother would be proud of. To verify Zojirushi’s Meatloaf Recipe, or, better yet, call your grandma and use her recipe (and if she was a really bad cook, check out our meatloaf recipes).
The breadmaker’s “Jam” cycle has been designed to heat and stir for one to two hours, making it easy to make a quick fruit jam (pectin optional), but add nuts, sugar, cranberries and cinnamon and you I will have a delicious cranberry sauce for a holiday gathering.
Simply place all of your wet ingredients first before adding the veggies and meat for your favorite chicken and meatballs recipe, then let the machine simmer and stir your Soupe for an hour (more if you use raw chicken) before incorporating pieces of homemade or prefabricated buttermilk cookie dough. The batter will cook directly into the soup, and you will have a creamy and satisfying comfort food without heating your kitchen.
Using a bread maker can give you homemade “instant” pudding that doesn’t come out of a box. Add (in that order) 2 cups heavy cream, 1 ½ cup whole milk, 4 large egg yolks, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 cup sugar, 8 chopped ounces semi-sweet chocolate, 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and ¼ cup of dark cocoa powder in the bread pan, place it on “Jam” and prepare for a little heat, fondant pudding.
The only thing your bread maker cannot do for this recipe is boil the noodles al dente, but pour in crushed tomatoes, salt, fresh herbs and homemade meatballs and simmer for a few hours before pouring over a little fresh pasta (which you can also make in some bread machines).
A beautifully rich and creamy cheesecake with a crisp graham cracker crust is a cinch with your bread maker. You will add the graham cracker crust last, after one hour of baking on the “Cake” cycle with this Zojirushi strawberry cheesecake recipe.
Not all bread makers come with a yogurt function, in which case you will need to preheat the milk to 113 degrees Fahrenheit on the stovetop before adding live natural yogurt (look for “live active cultures” on the label) and transfer the mixture to mason jars. Remove the bread pan and place the mason jars directly into the bread maker. Set the machine to its lowest setting (around 105 degrees Fahrenheit) to allow the yogurt to ferment for 3 to 8 hours. Garnish your fresh yogurt with jam or home made granola-bars.
Udon noodles are great for soups, stir-fries, or even just served cold as is, but homemade udon noodles have a distinctly chewy and thick texture that will enhance any recipe. Use this Zojirushi udon recipe make a foolproof dough with your bread maker. (If you have a Panasonic, try this recipe.)
Don’t hesitate to throw away your rice cooker, as your bread maker can also double as a rice cooker by using the “Bake” setting and allowing a mixture of rice and water to cook for an hour. It can also make a super fragrant milk rice on the “Jam” setting.
Whether you are using fresh or frozen fruit, the bread maker will turn a few ingredients into a simple dessert with little effort on your part. Remove the paddles before pouring in the ingredients, especially if you are using this King Arthur Flour Bread Machine Peach Cobbler Recipe.