Can Yeast Donuts Be Air Fried?

That was the question I asked myself and I have to admit that I was very skeptical. That’s why I only attempted to make a very small batch of donut dough. I did not want to waste a whole batch of dough if they didn’t turn out right. Read on to see if the experiment worked ……

“It’s Time to make the donuts”

Fred, The Dunkin’ Donut baker
Photo courtesy to the world wide web

The answer to the title question is of course you can! Here is the recipe….

Servings – 1 1/2 dozen doughnuts

Cook/Prep Time – About 2 1/2 – 3 hours

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 6 oz lukewarm milk
  • 2 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter (softened)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp orange peel
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Butter flavor cooking spray

Add 2 1/2 cups flour, the granulated sugar, yeast, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and orange peel to a mixing bowl and blend together. Add the lukewarm milk and butter. Mix well, using a dough hook on low speed. Add the egg and keep mixing until the dough comes away from the side of the bowl, adding more flour if needed. Pull the dough from the bowl and knead for a few minutes to shape the dough into a ball. Place dough ball in a greased bowl and cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap and set it in a warm place until it doubles in size, about an hour.

Note – At this point, I cut the dough in half and placed the other half in the refrigerator to use later in case the air frying experiment failed.

After the dough has doubled in size, punch the dough down, cover with a towel and let the dough rest for about 15 minutes. After the rest, roll the dough out to about 1/4 thickness. Place the air fryer rack on a cutting board and spray the air fryer rack with butter cooking spray. Using a biscuit cutter, cut the dough into rings and place them on the air fryer rack.

Spray the donuts with more butter spray. Cover lightly with greased plastic wrap and place in a warm draft free place until they double in size again, about an hour.

When they have doubled in size, place in air fryer and air fry at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes for donut holes or 8 minutes for the donut rings. I cooked them together and removed the donut holes after 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let them cool. Mix 1/4 cup powdered sugar with a tablespoon of water to make a glaze. Dip the donuts in the glaze or roll in dry powdered sugar and devour them. That’s it!

  • Synopsis – They turned out pretty darned good. They are still better when deep fried in a big vat of fat, but no mess of grease to clean up, and they are a lot healthier air fried.
Suggested music for your listening pleasure while making the donuts…

“Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith from their “Toys in the Attic” album released in May 1975.

“Sweet Thing” by “Rufus featuring Chaka Khan” from the album “Rufus featuring Chaka Khan “released in November 1975

“Sweet Surrender” by Bread from their album “Guitar Man” released in November 1972.

“Love is Like Oxygen” by “Sweet” from the album “Level Headed” released in January 1978.

  • Note Not all air fryers cook the same. To see the air fryer I use on Amazon, click the image below.

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Husband, Father, Grandfather, foodie. I have worked in various capacities of food service for 50 years. Baker, cook, manager, restaurant owner, personal chef and food sales / consulting. Recently retired. I love to cook and photograph food. My other hobbies include organic gardening, fishing, bicycling, reading, music and golf.

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