Bread machines- France:instant! Japan:Rice
Couldn't resist sharing a link to David Lebovitz's post:
and how about Sanyo's GoPan! This rice bread machine was released in November and has been a hit in Japan with sales beyond their projections. In Japanese cooked rice is called 'gohan' and bread is called 'pan' so they've come up with a cute name for the machine combining the kanji for rice and kana for bread and assigning the pronunciation GoPan （米ぱん）
Take a look at some photos:
The first recipe is for white rice, the ingredients are is as follows:
3g dry yeast
420g rice plus water (wash 220g white rice grains, drain and add water to total 420g)
10g shortening (unsalted butter)
There is also a gluten free recipe and for brown rice etc.
The original breadmakers were made by adapting the machines which had been developed in Japan for making mochi (rice cake/dough). In these sticky rice was first cooked and then the machine kneaded the cooked rice until a soft dough formed. This is a further adaptation.
There's a video explaining how to use the machine, turns out it 'mills' the rice, kneads etc etc.