- Insider asked chefs and professional recipe developers about some of the best desserts to make in an air fryer.
- When prepared in an air fryer, cakes can turn out more tender and moist, and crumbles can become caramelised and crispy.
- The appliance is perfect for caramelizing roasted bananas and “baking” cinnamon apples.
- You can also whip up classic treats, like cookies, cinnamon rolls, and pies.
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Air fryers can be great for preparing perfectly crisp potatoes and pizzas â€” but they’re equally good for making desserts.
Read on for a few sweet treats that professional chefs think you should be making in an air fryer.
Achieve a perfect fruit-crumble crust by using an air fryer.
“Using your air fryer to bake a fruit crumble not only cuts the baking time drastically, but gives the crumble a beautiful, toasty crust,” he said.
Tucker added that the air fryer also caramelizes the fruit in the crumble without turning it to mush.
Hand pies are well-suited for the baking style.
Hand pies, small pastries packed with sweet filling or fruit, are the perfect size for cooking in the air fryer.
“Not only do air-fryer hand pies come out super flaky, baking them this way means that the filling holds on to more texture,” Tucker told Insider.
Using store-bought pie dough and a few tablespoons of premade pie filling makes this dessert even easier to whip up in just a few minutes.
Use your air fryer to make sweet sopaipillas.
“Shape the dough into small triangles or rounds and fry it in the air fryer until it is puffy and a small air pocket develops within the pastry,” she said.
Sweet sopaipillas are often served with jam, honey, or powdered sugar, but you can also dip them in chocolate sauce or yogurt.
Cake is surprisingly easy and tasty to make in an air fryer.
Only need enough cake for a few people? Consider baking one in your air fryer.
“Not only does the crumb of the cake stay more tender and moist, but you don’t have to heat up your entire oven for a single little pan,” Tucker said.
Just be sure to reduce your recipe’s baking time to avoid drying out or burning the cake.
You can make your own churros without a deep-fryer.
Churros are a classic, deep-fried Mexican street food, but Ortiz-Millili explained that all you need to make your own churro balls at home is an air fryer and four ingredients.
“Roll puff pastry into small balls and coat them with an equal mixture of cinnamon and sugar,” she told Insider. “Dip the air-fried balls in caramel sauce and you’re done.”
You can also make churro sticks if your air fryer is large enough. Just be sure to account for any extra space that the fully baked puff pastry will need.
An air fryer can bake cinnamon rolls more evenly than a traditional oven.
Cinnamon rolls can be tricky to bake – their tightly wound structure can leave the rolls dry on the outside and undercooked on the inside. But Tucker explained that the rapidly moving heat inside an air fryer is great for avoiding this problem.
“Whereas most home ovens tend to bake hotter in some spots, air fryers constantly circulate hot air,” he told Insider. “This means you’ll get an extremely even rise and bake in your cinnamon rolls.”
You can achieve perfectly light meringues.
“Light, fluffy meringues are a perfect application for an air fryer,” he said. “The rapidly moving air will dry out the treats better than an oven.”
Be sure to use a lower heat setting than you would when making meringues in the oven, or try out the dehydrate function if your air fryer has one.
Roasted bananas can come out caramelised and sweet.
Roasting banana slices in an air fryer can satisfy a sweet tooth.
“I love sprinkling sliced banana with cinnamon, sugar, and a dash of adobo seasoning,” Ortiz-Millili said. “Pop them in the air fryer until they caramelize, and serve them with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.”
You can enjoy the roasted banana by itself, or add a few slices to a peanut-butter sandwich for an indulgent snack.
If you like crispy cookies, you should try air frying them.
People who prefer a flat, crispy cookie are in luck – air fryers are the ideal vehicle for achieving that perfectly crunchy treat.
“The rapid heating will melt the butter in the cookie quickly, frying it as it cooks. This will give you super crisp edges to your cookie,” said Mumford.
Cookies made in an air fryer require less baking time than those made in a traditional oven, so monitor your cookies to avoid burning them.
Air frying will help you avoid mushy baked apples.
Baked apples are an easy way to transform plain fruit into a decadent dessert, but making them in a traditional oven can leave the centre mushy and overcooked.
“Avoid a soggy baked apple by air frying at a low temperature,” Mumford told Insider. “The apples will slowly cook and the moisture will be swept away by the air, instead of soaking into the apple.”