Perfectly round with a crispy crust and light and fluffy middle, this air fryer bread couldn't be simpler. It requires just 5 basic ingredients and little prep time for baking up the most delicious bread for sandwiches and toast. It's the perfect addition to any meal; it even elevates a PB&J!
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Baking homemade bread just got easier than ever before! You don't have to worry about getting your oven to the right temperature; the air fryer is always exact. Baking bread in the air fryer gives you the perfect texture every time, without fail!
Can you bake bread in an air fryer?
Yes! You absolutely can bake bread in an air fryer. An air fryer is basically a super convection oven. So pretty much anything you can bake in the oven can be baked in an air fryer. Bread is no exception.
Baking bread in air fryer comes out just as light and moist as that baked in an oven. It's just waiting for that slather of butter to put it over the top!
- All-purpose Flour - this recipe works better with all-purpose rather than bread flour
- Sugar - aids the yeast in rising
- Rapid-rise Yeast - make sure to use rapid rise for a quicker turnaround
- Olive oil
- Butter - helps create a golden brown crust
Baking Bread in Air Fryer
Here is how to make and bake bread in an air fryer:
- In the mixing bowl of an electric mixer with bread dough attachment, combine the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.
- In a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl, combine oil and water. Heat to 125 degrees. Using an instant-read thermometer is the best and most accurate way to check the temperature.
- Add the warm liquid to the flour-yeast mixture.
- Stir the ingredients together.
- With the mixer on low speed, KitchenAid uses level 2, knead with the dough hook attachment for 3 minutes. Check after 2 minutes to see if the dough is still sticky and, if so, add a little more flour (1 tablespoon at a time) and continue kneading for another minute.
- Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and cut in half.
- Place each half in one of the buttered pans. I used two 3x6-inch round pans but small loaf pans measuring 6x3x2-inch will also work.
- Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours. The dough should have risen slightly above the rim of the pan.
- Lightly brush the top of both loaves of bread with melted butter.
- Place one pan inside the air fryer. Set the other loaf aside.
- Bake at 330 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Repeat the same procedure for the second loaf. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
One great thing about a basic white bread loaf recipe is it is easy to change it up and give it additional flavor. Here are some ideas:
- Air Fryer Cheese Bread - Add ¼ cup of grated parmesan or asiago cheese to the dough.
- Air Fryer Fruit Bread - Add ¼ cup of dried cranberries, raisins, or other chopped dried fruit to the dough.
- Air Fryer Seed Bread - Add 2 tablespoons of chia, poppy, or sesame seeds to the dough and or sprinkle some on top.
- Slice this bread and use it for air fryer garlic bread.
How to Store, Freeze, and Reheat
To Store: Let the bread cool completely. Do not wrap bread while it is warm. Wrap the bread with plastic wrap or place it in a plastic zip-top bag. Store it at room temperature for up to 4 days. Refrigerating bread does not extend its freshness.
To Freeze Bread Dough: After kneading the dough, place it in a plastic freezer bag. Squeeze out the air and seal the bag. Freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw bread dough in the refrigerator overnight. Air fry as directed in the recipe.
To Freeze Air Fried Bread: Wrap the bread with plastic wrap then either wrap it again with aluminum foil or place the wrapped bread in a heavy-duty freezer bag. Freeze bread for up to 4 months. Thaw it on the counter at room temperature.
To Reheat: Reheating air fryer bread can be done in the air fryer, oven, or microwave:
- Air Fryer: Air fry at 350F for about 5 minutes.
- Oven: Bake it at 350F for about 10 minutes.
- Microwave: Wrap the bread in damp paper towels and microwave it on LOW power in 10-second increments until it is warmed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Tap the bottom of the loaf. If it sounds hollow it is done. You can also use an instant-read thermometer. Bread is done when the internal temperature is between 190°F and 200°F.
Yes, you can use bread flour instead of all-purpose flour for this air fryer bread recipe.
Yes, you can substitute up to half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat.
There are two main reasons why homemade bread is dense. One is from kneading, either over-kneading or under-kneading. A small piece of dough should stretch out but not tear. The other is due to too much flour. Don't add too much flour when kneading.
Air Fryer Bread
- 2 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour + 2-3 Tablespoons additional if needed to make dough smooth and not sticky
- 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons rapid rise yeast
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon butter for brushing top prior to baking
- Combine flour, sugar, salt and yeast in the bowl of an electric mixer with a kneading attachment. Set aside.
- In a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl, heat water and oil to 125-130 degrees. (use a digital thermometer for best results)
- Add the heated liquid to the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon.
- Knead with an electric mixer at low speed for 3 minutes. If doing by hand, knead for at least 5 minutes. Add extra flour if necessary to make dough soft, pliable and with no stickiness.
- Cover bowl and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Remove from bowl and divide dough in half. Butter two small round or loaf pans that will fit into your air fryer. Place the dough halves in the two pans, cover and let rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours. The dough should come up to the top of the pan.
- When the dough has risen sufficiently, melt the tablespoon of butter and brush over the top of both loaves.
- Bake 1 loaf at a time at 330 degrees for 8-10 minutes. When the bread is done it will sound hollow when you knock on it.
- Remove to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes then turn out into rack to cool the rest of the way. Repeat with second loaf if necessary.
- Wait for it to cool completely before attempting to slice.