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20220704 Instant Vortex Air Fryer Burger Buns and more

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Yippee

20220704 Instant Vortex Air Fryer Burger Buns and more

 

Hello, friends!

 

I made burger buns in the air fryer on the 4th of July, but I didn't document the process. 

    So I re-baked and took pictures. This is the Instant Vortex Plus Clear model. It has a wider but shorter interior than my Corsori air fryer.  

I used two Target Made by Design 8" pans (online purchase, now on sale for $2.80 till Wednesday 7/13) to prove and bake the buns. During proofing, I used a small glass container to push the pans, making sure they were completely closed to keep the dough moist. Remove the glass container before baking. 

    No opening between the pans during actual baking, it's shown here to illustrate the setup.     

I mixed my daily milk bread dough and bulk fermented it in my Zojirushi bread machine.  After shaping, I proved the buns (covered) in the air fryer at 115F x 40mins using its dehydrating function. 

  90g x 3 buns
   Egg washed
   No preheat  Baked at 400F x 13mins, checked (can bake for 2 more mins for a darker crust like the one I baked on July 4th) 
   Turned the pans upside down, baked at 400F x 5 mins, and checked again. Bake longer if needed. 
   Same milk bread dough baked as dinner rolls. Same temperature and timing. 70g eachtotal flour 260g
    
           To make a boule in the Instant Vortex Clear air fryer  I use the black baking pans shown below to make boules in my Corsori air fryer, but they are too tall for the Instant Vortex.     So I got a German brand springform pan, which is slightly shorter, and covered it with the above black pizza pan to make boules in the Instant Vortex. 
   No preheat  400F x 15minsflip400F x 10 mins, checkbake longer if needed260g flour, ~480g dough    
    Crumb
        Made some rings following Gavin's ideas. 
    
    
    
    
    
    
         
    While the buns had a perfect mini-burger shape, the areas covered by the rings didn't brown well, even though I had already removed the rings halfway. 
    
    Made some French rolls in the Instant Vortex. 
    
    I used Baker's Secret pans to bake some rolls in the Cosori.  Target pans are too big to fit there. Generally, Instant Vortex browns more evenly than Cosori.       
    Lastly, make sure not to use stainless steel or any other light-colored pans to make bread in the air fryer.
    
    Almost no browning at halftime, and the finished loaf was very pale.
  See here for another air fryer bake   The End

Comments

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pmccool

Naturally, I have questions:

  1. You mention flipping the pan part way through.  Was the loaf scored before baking or after the flip?  If before, was the scored side down or up?  
  2. Do you remove the upper pan after the flip?  Or does the bread stay covered for the entire bake?

Using the air fryer is an innovative way to lower energy costs (compared to full-size ovens), particularly for smaller bakes.  And I imagine that it doesn’t heat up the kitchen nearly as much.  

Thanks again for sharing your experiences. 

Paul

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Yippee

Hi, Paul:

Sorry for the late reply.

 

  1.  "Was the loaf scored before baking or after the flip?  If before, was the scored side down or up? "
  2. Scored before baking and scored side up.

 

  1. "Do you remove the upper pan after the flip?  Or does the bread stay covered for the entire bake?"
  2. No, stay covered throughout the bake. 

Yippee

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pmccool

Thank you, Yippee.

Benito's picture
Benito

What an ingenious idea, using your air fryer and with such success to bake bread, thanks for sharing Yippee.

Benny

HeiHei29er's picture
HeiHei29er

Very cool Yippee!  I have the Instant Vortex too.  These all look great and thanks for linking the pans you use.

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Mini Oven

Great write up!  I have dark mini spring form rings.