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Air fryer bread rolls

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As a work from home parent my lunchtime feels quite sacred. It is one of the rare times in the day where I sit down, and don’t do anything for anyone else! As such I like to make lunch a little special. Recently I’ve been mixing up a batch of my soft white rolls and either serving with soup or filling with air fryer chicken tikka.

These rolls are super simple to prepare and I love to cook them in the air fryer, as air fryer bread rolls are the quickest rolls I have ever baked!

Anyway, let’s jump straight in and get making rolls!

Bread rolls baked in the air fryer - three rolls on a plate with a pattern on the top of each one that resembles petals on a flower.

Ingredients for air fryer bread rolls:

3g dry active yeast

450g strong white bread flour 

3g sugar

30g softened butter 

3g salt 

1 medium egg

250ml water

No yeast flatbreads in a silver serving dish

Method for making bread rolls in the air fryer:

Combine together the flour, sugar, yeast and salt.

Whisk the egg.

Combine the egg, with water and softened butter.

Combine together all of the wet and dry ingredients. Mix the dough; kneading for around 5 minutes, until you have a lovely smooth dough that is mixed thoroughly.

I divide the dough into 8 rolls when I make these, as we like a nice sized one each for lunch. If you’re looking to serve with something else, perhaps a parsnip soup, or with a tasty dinner, then you can divide the dough into 12 or even 16.

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Place your rolls onto a greaseproof or parchment paper covered or greased baking sheet and allow to prove at 40C for 20-25 minutes. Once the rolls have doubled in size then they are ready for baking.

If you like you can dust the rolls with a little flour.

Sometimes I shape the rolls with a pretty pattern, other times I don’t bother, just depends if I’m feeling creative.

Bake the rolls at 210C for 6-8 minutes. I check at 6 minutes, and if they’re not as golden brown as I’d like, then I just give them another 1-2 minutes.

A finished tear and share bread made using a Panasonic bread maker

Can you air fry frozen bread rolls?

Yes, absolutely! I would suggest giving an additional 2-3 minutes, as a minimum, up to 5 minutes, depending on how large the rolls are.

I love to cook foods in the air fryer from frozen. They are so simple to prepare, and you can just cook the exact amount that you require too. This is a great way to cut food waste.

Can you cook dinner rolls in an air fryer?

Yes, absolutely! This recipe is very similar to dinner rolls, but you could make pull apart rolls or something similar, depending on the size of your air fryer.

If you’ve got ready prepared dinner rolls then I’d recommend starting with the same temperature as advised on the package, and then 1/2 the cooking time recommended for the oven when using an air fryer. Then build up to 2/3 of the cooking time.

A cooked pizza, made in the air fryer, topped with nduja sausage, peppers and chilli

Want to make something else out of these rolls?

Why not use my delicious garlic butter to make a garlic roll! Perfect for serving with lasagne, 15 minute spaghetti bolognese or even something a little different like slow cooker chicken casserole.

Looking to reheat bread rolls in an air fryer?

I find that sprinkling a little water on the bread rolls, and then air frying them for 2 minutes, is perfect to refresh them wonderfully; warm throughout and with

It’s really simple to do this, and this is a great way to soften up bread rolls a little again.

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How to make air fryer bread rolls:

Air fryer bread rolls

Delicious soft air fryer bread rolls that are perfect for lunch or when served with soup

Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword bread, rolls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 8 rolls
Calories 220 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 g dry active yeast
  • 450 g strong white bread flour
  • 3 g sugar
  • 30 g softened butter
  • 3 g salt
  • 1 medium egg
  • 250 ml water

Instructions

  1. Combine together the flour, sugar, yeast and salt.
  2. Whisk the egg.
  3. Combine the egg, with water and softened butter.
  4. Combine together all of the wet and dry ingredients. Mix the dough; kneading for around 5 minutes, until you have a lovely smooth dough that is mixed thoroughly.
  5. I divide the dough into 8 rolls when I make these, as we like a nice sized one each for lunch. If you’re looking to serve with something else, perhaps a parsnip soup, or with a tasty dinner, then you can divide the dough into 12 or even 16.
  6. Place your rolls onto a greaseproof covered or greased baking sheet and allow to prove at 40C for 20-25 minutes. Once the rolls have doubled in size then they are ready for baking.
  7. If you like you can dust the rolls with a little flour.
  8. Sometimes I shape the rolls with a pretty pattern, other times I don’t bother, just depends if I’m feeling creative.
  9. Bake the rolls at 210C for 6-8 minutes. I check at 6 minutes, and if they’re not as brown as I’d like, then I just give them another 1-2 minutes.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

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