Tired of making just rice in your rice cooker? Don’t be! There are endless possibilities of what you can make in it. Who would have thought that your standard electric rice cooker could make things like boiled eggs, frittatas, pork roast and even cheesecake? There are so many more I could list which caused me to become more and more skeptical. Could a rice cooker really make all these things and make them well? I decided to test it out by making a cheesecake and to my amazement it came out great. I would definitely make it again, and here is how you can, too.
8 oz cream cheese, softened
2 large eggs, whites and yolks separated
6 1/2 tbsps granulated sugar
2 tbsps lemon juice
5 tbsps cake flour
6 1/2 oz milk (I made it with dairy free milk, but I think it should also work with low fat or whole)
powdered sugar (for dusting on top of the cake)
- In a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese. Make sure it is softened! This will help all the ingredients mix thoroughly. If the cream cheese is not softened, heat it up in the microwave in 10-second intervals until it is.
- Add egg yolks and mix well. Before adding each new ingredient, make sure everything is mixed well and no lumps are present. Add sugar and then lemon juice. Mix everything until the batter is smooth.
- Sift in the flour until all is sifted and mixed through. Then gently add the milk until it is mixed in.
- In a separate bowl, mix the egg whites together. Whisk until stiff peaks form. I did this by hand, which I would not recommend as it took very long! Using an electric mixer would be best for this part.
- Add in the egg whites and gently fold them in. I added them in three separate batches as I found it was the easier that way. It’s okay if there are lumps and streaks of egg whites inside the batter because the egg whites do not have to be thoroughly mixed in.
- Butter the entire rice pot well so that the inside is greased. Make sure to heavily grease the bottom because I found that my end product stuck when trying to take it out! Pour batter into the rice cooker, and press the cook button. My rice cooker is the standard one-button rice cooker, but if you have a multi-functional rice cooker you can use the “cake” function. I cooked it for about 40-50 minutes. Be sure to check on it regularly to see when it is ready. Near the 30-minute mark, I had to push the button down again to start the cooking process because the rice cooker thought that the “rice” inside was done cooking.
- Take out your rice cooker pot, and place a plate over it. Flip the pot, and the cheesecake should slide right out. Place the cake in the fridge for at least an hour so it can cool down and the cheese flavor can really develop! Once ready, take it out and dust powdered sugar to your liking. Grab some forks and plates, and enjoy!