Are you a mochi lover? If so, have you ever wondered if there is a bread maker that has a mochi setting? Believe it or not, bread makers can make more than just bread, one of which is mochi.
There are machines that are specifically designed to make mochi, like this Zojirushi Mochi Machine, but why add another machine to your kitchen when your bread maker can do all the work?
In this blog post, we will explore what mochi is and whether bread makers really have the capability to make this delicious Japanese treat. Stay tuned for more mochi-machine info coming your way!
What Is Mochi?
Mochi is a Japanese rice cake that is made from mochigome, short-grain glutenous japonica rice. The rice is pounded into a paste and then molded into the desired shape. Mochi can be eaten plain, or it can be filled with sweet bean paste, fruit, or other ingredients.
Mochi has a chewy and sticky texture that is unique and delicious. This rice cake is often eaten during special occasions such as the Japanese New Year or weddings. Mochi can also be found in a variety of different shapes and sizes.
Traditionally, mochi was made by pounding steamed rice in a large wooden mortar with a wooden mallet.
Nowadays, many people use electric rice cookers or food processors to make mochi.
Bread Maker with Mochi Setting
So, now that we know what mochi is, do bread makers have the capability to make this delicious treat? The answer is yes!
Most bread makers in Japan have a mochi-specific setting. As mochi is such a popular food in Japan, I’m sure this comes as no surprise.
Japanese bread makers all have standard bread options, such as white and whole wheat bread, but they also have settings that I bet many of us haven’t seen before. These include settings for rice bread, mochi, sweet potatoes and even red beans.
Bread makers from Japan tend to have a lot more functions than the machines we are used to seeing and are better for fermentation.
So, if you love mochi and are looking for a bread maker that has a mochi setting, you should be able to get your hands on a Japanese bread machine pretty easily. Do keep in mind that the instructions might be in Japanese.
Let’s take a look at some of the best Japanese bread makers with mochi settings that you can get your hands on.
Siroca Home Bakery SHB-122
This bread maker is one of the most popular on the market and it comes with a mochi setting, which is number 15 on the key code.
This machine has 17 settings for various types of bread, such as white, soft buns, and rice flour bread. It also has settings for udon and soba noodles as well as fermentation settings.
For ease, there is all the course the Siroca Home Bakery offers and the corresponding keycodes translated; 1) bread, 2) fast-bake, 3) soft buns, 4) French bread, 5) sweet buns, 6) whole grain bread, 7) rice flour bread (with gluten), 8) knead only, 9) fermentation, 10) bake only, 11) bread dough, 12) pizza dough, 13) udon/pasta dough, 14) soba dough, 15) mochi, 16) jam, 17) fresh butter.
This is a lot of settings and what’s great about Japanese bread makers is that you can make a variety of different treats and not limit yourself to just bread.
Other features include a 13 hours delayed timer, LCD screen with soft buttons, and a viewing window.
The Siroca Home Bakery also comes with a recipe book that has pictures and instructions. Everything is in Japanese, so you might need to use a translator to navigate through the manual and button labels.
Even though it’s a Japanese bread maker, it is available to purchase through Amazon and it can be delivered to you in just a few days.
Note: There is another version of this machine, the SB-111. It has a slightly smaller capacity, but it has the same variety of settings and features. Delivery is much longer and can take up to a month for the 111 models.
Siroca Bakery SHB-712
This is another Siroca bread maker that is available to purchase through Amazon. Delivery times are a little longer than the Siroca above. Expect delivery in around 1 to 2 weeks.
This bread machine has an incredible 29 settings, including; 1) soft bread, 2) bread, 3) fast bread, 4) soft buns, 5) French bread, 6) sweet bread, 7) whole wheat bread, 8) rye bread, 9) rice bread (with gluten), 10) rice bread (without gluten), 11) natural sourdough, 12) natural yeast bread dough, 13), natural yeast bread, 14) knead only, 15) fermentation, 16) bake only, 17) bread dough, 18) pizza dough, 19) udon/pasta dough, 20) soba dough, 21) mochi, 22) cake, 23) cake sale, 24) jam, 25) caramel, 26) fresh butter, 27) yogurt, 28) fresh cheese, 29) second fresh cheese setting.
If you thought 17 settings were enough, talk about 29! This machine is ideal for those who want to experiment with new recipes and make a range of different breads, not just mochi.
Similar to the 122 models, it also has a 13-hour delayed timer, an LCD screen with soft buttons, and a viewing window.
There are plenty of other Japanese bread makers on the market, but the three models from Siroca are the only ones that are available to purchase from outside Japan.
Other Suitable Bread Makers For Mochi
If you can’t get your hands on a Japanese bread maker, don’t worry. There are other ways to make mochi without needing a mochi-specific setting. If your bread machine has a ‘Dough’ setting, you should be able to make mochi really easily.
The ‘Dough’ setting is very similar to the ‘Mochi’ setting on bread makers so the end result should be similar.
The process is simple:
1) Get your sweet rice ready. The best way to cook the rice is by using a rice cooker. If you don’t have one, just use a pan.
2) Once your sweet rice is cooked, put the rice in the bread pan with the kneading paddle attached.
3) Select the ‘Dough’ cycle.
4) The kneading paddle will beat the rice down into a paste. The process should take about an hour or however long the ‘Dough’ setting is on your bread machine.
5) Once the mochi is ready, roll it in some potato starch and enjoy!
If you want to follow a proper recipe, Zojirushi has a recipe for butter mochi which you can find here.
Here are some of my favorite bread machines with ‘dough’ settings that are not only great for making mochi but are great all-round bread machines.
- Zojirushi Virtuoso Plus
- KITCHENARM Smart Bread Machine
- KBS 17-in-1 Bread Maker
- SAKI 3 LB Large Bread Maker Machine
- Breville BBM800XL
Mochi is a great Japanese treat that has become incredibly popular in recent years, so it’s no wonder we are all trying to find the easiest way to make this at home.
Despite most people thinking that a bread maker is only good for making bread, as you can see there are so many other uses that make these machines so versatile.
As you can see, there are bread machines out there that have a mochi setting. However, a lot of these machines are Japanese, and although you can find some brands on Amazon, most are only available in Japan.
Even without a mochi setting, you can still make delicious mochi with a regular bread machine. There is no bread machine out there that doesn’t have a ‘Dough’ only setting. This setting is ideal for mochi and it means you can make it regardless of the type of bread machine you have.