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Air Fryer Bread Recipe

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Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated June 27, 2022

This air fryer bread recipe is more simple than you think!

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Nothing tastes better than a hot loaf of bread fresh out of the oven. But making homemade bread can be really intimidating.

The truth is: it’s really not hard. All it takes is a few simple household ingredients and a bit of patience.

And it’s especially easy when you use your air fryer. Air fryers speed up the baking time compared to a traditional oven. Additionally, you’ll get a fluffy interior and a golden crust.

You can always adapt conventional recipes into air fryer recipes. But this air fryer bread recipe is simple, delicious, and ready for your appliance.

Perfect Ingredients for the Perfect Loaf of Fresh Bread

A basic loaf of bread just has 4 ingredients: flour, yeast, salt, and water. So, that’s all you need for your bread dough.

Flour

When you bake bread, the best flours to use are all-purpose flour or bread flour.

These flours have a good percentage of protein (or gluten) in them, which gives bread its characteristic chewy texture.

These two flours also have a neutral flavor compared to something like rye, which means you can experiment with different additions to your bread.

Plus, these flours are much lighter than whole-grain ones, so they’ll rise more quickly and have a lighter texture.

Most importantly, do not use self-raising flour if you’re using yeast. This type of flour contains baking powder and/or baking soda already, which is intended to make the bread rise.

However, if you’re making a traditional yeast bread, the extra leavening can ruin the texture and interfere with the yeast’s activity.

The baking powder will work much faster than the yeast, and it can create a bubbly, cake-like texture in your bread. As well, it can make your air fryer bread lose its shape.

On the other hand, self-raising flour is very useful for making quick breads, like soda bread, coffee cake, or banana bread. Just don’t use it for yeasted breads.

Milk

Very basic bread uses water as the liquid. But you can also use milk!

Why?

Because, when you’re making the dough, milk allows the flour to absorb more liquid than water. Therefore, your dough will end up being softer for kneading and have a finer crumb when baked.

So if you like, you can swap 50% of the water in your air fryer bread recipe for milk. Or use only milk.

However, keep in mind that milk is more basic (the opposite of acidic) than water, which will slow down the yeast. Because of this, your air fryer bread will rise more slowly.

Therefore, if you use milk, make sure you allow for extra rising time.

If you do make the switch to milk, your final loaf will be fluffy and soft. And it will also brown more quickly, so keep an eye on it while it’s baking.

Sugar

Sugar is what the yeast eats. So if you add extra sugar to your dough, the yeast has more food available.

In turn, this means that the yeast will produce carbon dioxide more quickly. And this is what makes your air fryer bread puff up.

So added sugar will speed up your rising time.

In addition to this, sugar will make your bread have a softer texture. And it will make the crust brown more quickly and be thinner than normal.

However, sugar isn’t actually necessary. Yeast will eat the sugars in the flour and your bread will rise perfectly well.

And many traditional recipes, including French bread, don’t use sugar at all. Therefore, I won’t include sugar in this recipe to make it a little healthier.

But if you would like a darker and softer loaf, you can mix 2 tablespoons of sugar into the dry ingredients.

Butter

Butter is delicious in your air fryer bread as well as on it! By adding butter, you add richness to the flavor of your dough.

As well, butter will make the bread moister, and it will also make it lighter.

But butter is like milk and sugar, and you don’t have to use it. Do whatever tastes good to you!

If you want to add it in, melt 2 tablespoons and mix it into your dough.

Yeast

You can find 2 types of yeast at the grocery store:


  • The first is regular active dry yeast,

  • and the second is instant yeast.

They are the same ingredient, but instant yeast is ground more finely. This means that it absorbs water more quickly.

And once it gets wet, the yeast can start the process of making carbon dioxide and raising your dough.

To make this air fryer bread, you can use either one. But if you use instant yeast, your air fryer bread only needs to rise once, and it will rise for half the time.

If your recipe calls for active dry yeast, you can substitute instant. All you have to do is use 25% less instant yeast.

Egg

Adding egg to your dough will make the flavor richer, just like butter. And it will make the dough look richer by making it more yellow.

Egg also helps make the air fryer bread more tender both on the inside and the crust. In addition, you can use an egg wash to give your bread a golden shine.

For this recipe, I use butter or oil for brushing the crust. But it’s up to you.

Delicious Air Fryer Bread Variations

Once you’re comfortable with the basic recipe, you can play around with different variations.

Swap Whole Wheat for White Flour

It’s important to eat whole grains! And 100% whole wheat flour has more fiber and other nutrients than plain white flour.

However, whole wheat flour can be tricky to use when baking bread. Sometimes, the loaf will be denser and heavier, and it will always take longer to rise.

Plus, whole wheat flour can absorb more water, and the dough you’ll get will have a stiffer texture. These two factors will slow down your rising time.

If you want to try baking with whole wheat flour, don’t just exchange one flour for the other.

Instead, do the following:


  1. First, try the recipe with 25% whole wheat and 75% white flour. If that tastes good, then you can gradually add a higher percentage of whole wheat and see what happens.

  2. As well, you’ll need to add more liquid to your dough when you add whole wheat flour. So for each cup of whole wheat flour you use, add an extra two teaspoons of water or milk.

  3. Finally, you should add extra resting time for the dough. When you finish mixing the ingredients, let the dough sit for 30 minutes before you knead it. By doing this, the flour can absorb the liquid better. And your dough will be softer and rise just like a white loaf.

Other Additions


  • To make your air fryer bread extra healthy (and tasty!), you can add nuts, seeds, or dried fruit. Just make sure to chop them into small pieces.

  • You could also use chopped fresh herbs or garlic for a fragrant loaf.

  • And if you want a truly decadent bread, try throwing some parmesan cheese into the dough.

  • But keep in mind that any additions will make the bread take longer to rise.

Easy Tips for the Best Air Fryer Bread

Here are a few tips to make your baking process as smooth as your dough.

Kneading

Before you put your dough on the counter for kneading, make sure both the surface and your hands are clean and dry. Then you can dust a bit of flour on your hands and the table.

By doing this, your dough won’t stick to you or the surface.

As well, you can save yourself some effort by using a stand mixer. Simply attach the dough hook and let the machine do the work for you!

But if you want to do it by hand, here’s how:


  1. First, sprinkle some flour on your table. Then, pat your dough into a flat disk on the floured surface.

  2. Next, fold the dough in half and turn it 45 degrees.

  3. Push the dough forwards with the heel of your hand to stretch it out a bit. And then fold it in half and give it another 45-degree turn.

  4. Keep following this pattern until the dough is smooth and doesn’t feel sticky anymore.

  5. When the dough feels right, form it into a round ball.

  6. Note: In general, it will take about 10 minutes of kneading by hand to be soft and smooth. When it’s ready, the dough will be shiny, and it’ll bounce back without sticking to you if you poke it with your finger.

Baking in an Air Fryer Oven


  • Always check the optimal temperature in your user guide for air fryer recipes for bread. In this recipe, I’ve given you recommended temperatures to air fry bread. However, different models can vary in power, and this can change your cooking time and results.

  • Follow this general rule if your guide doesn’t tell you. To use a recipe for a conventional oven, lower that temperature by 25 degrees in your air fryer.

  • Look over your air fryer bread as it’s baking. When it looks brown enough, you can take it out.

  • Cook it in two batches if there’s too much dough to fit in your air fryer. But keep in mind that you may have to adjust the baking time.

Air Fryer Bread Recipe

  • Prep Time30 min
  • Cook Time15-20 min
  • Total Time1 h 50 min
  • Servings24
  • Yield1 loaf

Rise Time: 1 hour
Level: Intermediate

Here’s how to make the perfect air fryer bread at home.

Ingredients






 

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Method

Prepare The Dough


  1. Preheat the air fryer. Set it to 320 degrees F for 3 minutes, and then turn it off.
  2. Mix the flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Then add the yeast and mix thoroughly.
  3. Stir the water into the flour mixture, and mix until it forms a shaggy ball.
  4. Then allow the air fryer bread dough to sit for 10 minutes.

Knead Your Air Fryer Dough


  1. Now, knead your dough! You can use your stand mixer or do it by hand.
  2. Line the air fryer basket with parchment paper, and put your dough inside to rest. You can also use a cake pan or any loaf pans that fit into your air fryer. Cover the air fryer basket with plastic wrap, and let the dough sit for about an hour.

    If the dough has doubled in size after an hour, it’s ready to bake. But if it hasn’t quite doubled, let it rise for a little longer before you bake it.

  3. Remove the plastic wrap and brush the top of the dough gently with the melted butter or oil. Or if you want to use an egg wash, put that on now.

Air Fry Your Bread


  1. Set the air fryer to 320 degrees F, and air fry your bread for 10-12 minutes.
  2. Then, increase the temperature to 390 degrees F. Continue to bake for 5-6 minutes or until the crust is a dark golden brown.

    But if you prefer your air fryer bread less well-done, stop cooking when it is a light golden brown instead.


Brush and Enjoy


  1. At this point, you can eat your fresh bread! But it will be even better if you do one more step.
  2. Now, brush the air fryer bread with more of the melted butter or oil. This will make the crust soft and bouncy instead of rough.
  3. Place a plate or cutting board on top of the air fryer basket to cover the bread loaf. Let this sit for a few hours to cool.
  4. Finally, enjoy your freshly baked bread!

How to Store and Freeze Air Fryer Bread

If you’ll eat the fresh bread quickly (which you’ll want to!), you can keep it on the counter for 2-4 days in a sealed container.

But if you leave it longer, you run the risk of growing mold.

In The Fridge

So, for longer periods of time, you can put the air fryer bread in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Here, it will last for 7-10 days.

Also, if you’ve added any eggs or meat (such as bacon or sausage) to your bread, you need to refrigerate it within 2 hours of cooking it in the air fryer.

In The Freezer

And if you want to save it even longer, you can put it in a sealed plastic bag in the freezer. There, it will last for up to 3 months.
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
  • 57Calories
  • 1.1g Fat
  • 10.1g Carbs
  • 1.5gProtein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 slice
Amount per serving
Calories57
% Daily Value*
Total Fat1.1g 1.4%
Saturated Fat0.6g 3%
Cholesterol3mg 1%
Sodium104mg 4.7%
Total Carbohydrate10.1g 4%
Dietary Fiber0.4g 0%
Total Sugars0g
Protein1.5g
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.
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