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Portus

Air fryer

Out of interest, has anyone had success with baking bread in an air fryer? Our Philips Air Fryer produces such succulent roasts, that makes me think it could replicate steam for an oven bake, depending....

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MonkeyDaddy

on late-night informercials.  It seems like it would be similar to a miniature convection oven.

I have nothing useful to offer - I'm just  posting because I'm curious to see what people think and I want to track this thread.

Good luck!

     --Mike

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Portus

... I found a recipe for dinner rolls, so with 1 1/2 hours preparation/proofing, followed by 15 minutes in the Air Fryer, "voila" - nine delicately textured, sweet dinner rolls.  Quite delicious.  Now to adapt for sourdough.

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Mini Oven

What do the bottoms look like?

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Portus

... but I did proof/air-fry/bake them on aluminium foil.

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Mini Oven

to brown the bottoms might be recommended.  Would you do it half way through once?   or twice returning the upper surface to finish browning?

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Portus

... I will remove the foil for the last five minutes as total bake time is only 13-15 minutes @160C 

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Janna3921

Saw this thread and it caught my attention as there was a small discussion on a youtube channel about making bread in a air fryer.  A couple had stated they had made bread in it and it came out great.  Have to adjust for temps, time and the size of the bread, you can't put in what would be a tall or large loaf in a 3 qt air fryer for example.

I have baked turnover/tarts in my air fryer, biscuits don't do that good as you need to turn them over every five minutes to keep them from burning and get the inside done from watching one video, but haven't tried it myself.  

I'm not so sure I would want to make bread in my air fryer, but I have read of some doing so.

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pcake

i make these small soda bread loaves frequently
http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/46117/soda-bread-quick-and-easy-and-underrated

and they're certainly small enough to fit in an air fryer.  i don't actually have an air fryer, but i wonder if anyone's tried something like that.

 

 

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Portus

... would not work for soda bread.  I bake it occasionally, a favourite being Clodagh McKenna's Sweet Soda Bread with Orange and Sultanas.  Next time I will try a bake in the airfryer and post the result.  Joe  

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pcake

i've never used an air fryer, but if it's really a convection oven sort of thing, why not?

i look forward to your results :)

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Portus

... was in the eating!  I sort-of followed your recipe, but used 1/2 tsp baking soda, 140g white bread, 60g whole wheat flour and 180g thick butter milk.  I added 50g mixed berries, 30g chopped pecans, a brush of milk on top before baking and a sprinkling of castor sugar near the end. 

My method followed yours, though I had to fiddle with the temperature, starting at 200C and reducing to 160C after 12 minutes.  I also inverted the loaf at that stage to bake the base.  For the last three minutes I removed the loaf, gave a light spray of water, sprinkled the sugar over the top and returned it to the air-fryer for its final burst of heat, right side up. I also used baking paper (scored with a few holes) cut to size underneath for the first 12 minutes to avoid bits dropping through the net.

Verdict is that it is a delicious little loaf (perhaps a bit "wet" so I will reduce the buttermilk next time), especially for tea when smeared with butter, and certainly a back stop if friends drop in unexpectedly! So you can safely make soda bread in an air-fryer, with the advantage that preheating the oven is done in just a few minutes.

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pcake

it's not my loaf, but it's my go-to loaf - i've made probably 50 of it in various configurations by now.  

your loaf looks great - tasty, too.  i usually bake mine at 450f (232) for the whole time, but i guess you'd lower the temp because of the fan, right?  at 450 the inside is good, the crust is a little hard, but that's the way i like it. btw, i use 150 to 160 grams buttermilk, and i found letting it warm to room temp made everything go well.  

thanks for testing and posting - i'm sick of waiting 20 minutes for my oven to pre-heat, which is why i was wondering about using the air fryer.

 

 

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Portus

... and a pleasure doing the test-kitchen stuff :-)

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Mini Oven

Sounds like an interesting option to bake Stollen.  Couldn't help but think about it reading fruit and such additions.