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Erithid's picture

Microwave Bread

Hello! For my first entry I will talk about a recipie inspired from a show called Yakitate Japan. Yakitate Japan, which means "freshly baked Japan" where Ja-pan is a pun on the japanese word for bread "pan", is an anime about a young boy's journey to create a bread that culturally represents Japan. It is hysterical, tounge-in-cheek, and chock full of interesting bread ideas. On one episode they discussed a recipe for microwave bread. Since I don't speak japanese or cook in metric, I devised my own recipe using the same basic concepts. It is still a work in progress, but everyone should try it. It amazed me with how well it turns out.
Microwave Bread:

about 2.5 cups flour
2 tbs butter
1 cup milk
1.5 tsp salt
2tsp yeast
2 tbs sugar

1. Add the butter to the milk and microwave until it just melts, about 30-60 secs. You want it melted, but not boiling or anything.
2. Add the yeast, sugar, salt, mix well
3. Add the flour until you get a sticky dough that you can handle.
***** Important******
Do not knead the dough, just mix it. Trust me, if you knead it it will not rise. There is a reason for this, but I forget. It has to do with the gluten formation interfering with the rise.
4. After you mix the ingrediants, cover the bowl with parchment paper and a wet towel and microwave for 30 seconds on high
5. Divide the dough into 4 pieces. Shape into balls, put on a microwave/oven safe dish (I use a plate w/ parchment paper)
6. Cover with paper and towel, let sit 10 minutes
7. Microwave on low(plevel 30%) for 30 seconds
8. Let sit for about 45min- 1 hour
9. Bake at 375 until golden brown, about 15 min I believe
Total time 1.5 hours, but I think I actually let the rise go longer than neccessary

For a real treat, follow steps 1-7, then fill with chocolate ganache. I make these for breakfast once a week or so. Let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions. Enjoy! ~Erithid


apers's picture


Hubby and I LOVE that anime! I have been wanting to make some of thier recipies, but it got confusing with the metric and all.

Have you tried the rice cooker bread recipe yet? I really want to try that one. I am totally going to try this recipe you posted!


The Bread Machiene Queen ;-)

Erithid's picture

I don't have a rice cooker yet, but when I do I definitely will!. I did the best I could adapting the recipe. I hope it works out for you. ~Erithid

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Mary Fisher

This is a very old thread, is there a reason for it's appearance now?


Dave323's picture

I'm wondering the same thing. Maybe the batteries in someone's calendar ran down.  :)

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Mini Oven

and cleaning it up makes it "updated."   

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Mini Oven

(tongue in cheek).  :)

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Mini Oven

note: loaf is finally baked in a standard oven not microwave.  15 year old thread.  Happy new year 2020!

Heads up, watch out with the power setting, the new microwave ovens are much stronger cooking almost twice as fast.

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Mini Oven

Why not use this fun time to experiment with microwave bread?  Like Backgammon, it's method is good for beginner's luck.