Air Fryer Bread

Servings :

Total Time:

14 slices

4 hours 5 minutes


– 3 cups (360g) white bread flour or see notes – ▢2 ¼ tsp rapid rise yeast (one packet) – ▢1 tbsp sugar – ▢2 tsp salt – ▢1 cup (240ml) water , lukewarm – ▢2 tbsp melted butter or ghee, plus extra for greasing

Step 1

Measure the flour, sugar, salt and yeast into a mixing bowl. Stir to combine the dry ingredients. Pour in the water and melted butter. Mix together with a spoon or a dough hook until there are no dry streaks of flour and you have a shaggy, sticky dough.

Step 2

You do not have to knead this dough but you can, if you have time, do a couple of “stretch and folds” after the dough has rested for 15 minutes. Grease your hands with a little oil and stretch one corner of the bread from the underside over to the middle. Turn the bowl and repeat this action a few times.

Step 3

Cover with a clean towel and place someplace warm to rise for an hour. I usually put the bread in the (turned off) microwave or the oven to prove.

Step 4

Tip the dough onto a lightly floured worktop. Gently stretch the dough to a rectangular shape. Fold the top towards the middle then the bottom over that, as you would fold a letter to place in an envelope.

Step 5

Turn sideways and fold into a roll. Use your hands to shape the bread into a ball shape (also known as a “boule”) dusting with flour as needed.

Step 6

Place the shaped dough in a greased 7 inch cake pan, loosely cover and leave to rise for half an hour. Meanwhile, preheat the Air Fryer to 400°F (200°C) for ten minutes. Score the top of the bread with a knife and brush the sides with a little melted butter so it doesn’t stick.

Step 7

Place the pan in your air fryer and cook for 15 minutes at  400°F (200°C). Lower the heat to 350°F (180°C) and continue to cook for 30 minutes.

Step 8

Remove the pan from the air fryer (using pot holders) and take the bread out. Place the loaf back in the air fryer to cook for a further 5-10 minutes to allow for the bottom of the bread to bake evenly. Cool on a wire rack before slicing with a bread knife.

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