November 4, 2011 - 8:43am
Bread Machine Risotto?
I got an email from KAF today talking about the Z bread machine and how you can make risotto in the bread machine. I have a bread machine, its not Z, its either a kitchen aid or a cuisinart and only has one paddle. My questions are:
1) has anyone ever used their bread machine to make risotto and how did it come out. Is it worth it.
2) the recipe on KAF looks pretty good, do you have any recipes that you know are proven and would you be willing to share?
A bread machine would have to be designed to cook while the paddles were turning. The normal everyday bread machine doesn't do that so it wouldn't work.
I've seen several bread machines with a "jam" program that does exactly that: cook with the paddle(s) turning, but my fear is that the paddle(s) wouldn't reach the far end of the container and the rice would stick.
Many, if not most, modern bread machines have a "jam" setting and can indeed do exactly what you describe. Or so I thought. My very inexpensive Sunbeam($33 brand new, broken pan now though) has a jam setting. Thought most did.
Here's a King Arthur blog with some of the things they cook in the bread machine.
Yeah, if it would cook jam then it would cook risotto...cool!:-)
that is what i thought that if i has the jam setting it could cook a risotto becuase the paddle will turn while the heat is on. i dont know if the paddle is big enough to move around the rice and other ingredients, i guess the best thing to do is try it. Any other comments/thoughts/recipes would be appreciated. I love me some risotto but its a pain to stand there and constantly stir it.
That would be wonderful if it really worked...throw everything into the machine and set a timer and forget it until you had to come back to add something.
My only problem is that I live in a rural part of Texas and they don't sell fancy Italian rice at the grocery store here. I usually use plain old medium rice to make Risotto with and it works fairly well...but it cooks pretty quickly on the stove. I wonder if it would just turn to mush in the machine.