Crusty golden exteriors and soft chewy insides, this 4 ingredients no knead air fryer bread recipe is a must try. It is so easy to make, needs such little effort & time that you would want to bake it every week.
The air fryer artisan bread recipe shared here has:
- No eggs / No dairy
- No sugar
- No oil
Last month I had shared a 3 ingredients air fryer cookie recipe which was much appreciated by so many of you. This time I decided to share this another easy vegetarian / vegan no knead bread recipe which I tried in air fryer this month.
Can you bake bread in an air fryer?
Yes you can definitely bake bread in air fryer. All you need is 4 ingredients- flour, water, salt, yeast and 5 minutes of your active time to prepare the dough.
Once the dough is ready, just wait for it to proof (double in size). Once the dough is proofed, shape it into a boule, wait for second proofing and bake in air fryer. You will be amazed how lovely the loaf turns out in air fryer with perfect golden brown crust and porous airy crumbs.
As my air fryer is small, I have baked a small boule in air fryer (perfect for 2). If you have got L, XL air fryer basket, you can easily double the recipe. I have followed 70% hydration rule (100 parts flour, 70 parts water), so whatever measurement you take just make sure water is at least 70% of flour by weight.
I have followed the traditional method where dough is rested overnight for fermentation. I tried with 2-3 hr fermentation recipe also but I liked the texture & taste of overnight version more. I generally prepare the dough in night after winding up the dinner and then bake it in morning to enjoy a warm slice of freshly baked bread.
Optional Ingredients: You can flavour this bread by adding herbs of your choice like rosemary, thyme or some garlic powder.
How long to bake bread in air fryer?
Traditionally such no knead artisan bread are baked in dutch ovens but here I have tried to mimic the similar baking environment in air fryer.
First of all the tin in which we are going to bake the bread will also be preheated (just like you preheat dutch ovens). Secondly, the first half of baking (20 min) will be done by covering the tin with aluminium foil.
Covering the tin is important as it traps the steam inside, thus creating hot steamy environment for bread to rise. Also, If you don’t initially cover the tin, the top gets baked quickly while the bread is still raw from inside.
The second half of baking (15-18 min) is done after removing the foil so that the top gets a beautiful golden brown crust.
- You can easily make air fryer toast with this bread. Air fryer the slices at 180°C for 3-4 minutes and apply butter, jam or marmalade.
- You can make air fryer cheesy garlic bread or bread pizza.
- Cut it into smaller pieces and air fry to make crispy bread croutons to enjoy with soup like tomato soup, broccoli cheddar soup.
- Apply some herbed garlic butter or olive oil on these slices, grill and serve with soups or pasta.
More egg free air fryer recipes:
- Air Fryer Banana Bread
- Air Fryer Baked Oatmeal
- Air Fryer Blueberry Muffins
- Air Fryer Shortbread Cookies
- All purpose flour (maida)- 1 +1/2 cups (188 grams)
- Warm Water-1/2 cup + 1 tbsp (140 grams)
- Salt- 1/2 tsp
- Instant Dry Yeast – 1/2 tsp
In a large mixing bowl, add lukewarm water, yeast, flour and salt. Mix with the help of a spatula or back of wooden spoon till you get a shaggy dough (no spots of dry flour). (If required add 1-2 tsp gradually as moisture absorption also depends on the quality of flour.)
Cover with a cling film and leave it on kitchen counter overnight (8-10 hours). The time can vary depending on the climate & humidity. Ideally the dough should double in size.
Dust dry flour on kitchen counter. Transfer this proofed dough on it with the help of silicon spatula or scraper.
Apply some flour on your fingers and swiftly tuck the dough (as shown below) and seal from beneath. Please don’t try to knead the dough as it will be very sticky.
Transfer this shaped dough on a square parchment paper. Lift the ends of parchment paper & transfer it in a round tin or bowl (of similar size in which we will bake it finally). Cover with cling film and leave it for second rise (or proofing) for 1 hr.
Place a 6″ round baking tin inside air fryer and preheat at 200°Celsius for 15 minutes. Once preheated, take out the tin from airfryer carefully as it will be very hot. Lift the shaped dough with the help of parchment paper & transfer as it is in the heated pan. Make 1-2 cuts (called ‘scoring’) on top using sharp knife. Cover with aluminium foil and seal the edges.
Bake this bread in air fryer covered for 20 minutes at 200°C. After 20 minutes, remove the foil and air fryer for another 15-18 minutes till you notice golden brown colour on top.
Knock the top & bottom of the bread. If it sounds hollow, then bread is ready. Let the bread cool completely on cooling rack.
Once cooled, slice the bread with a serrated knife and enjoy.
How to store this bread?
Once the bread is cooled, wrap it with aluminium foil to prevent from drying. You can store it like this on kitchen counter for upto 3 days. Whenever you want to have bread, cut the slices and store the remaining by wrapping in foil.
Can I store the bread dough for later?
If you get busy in morning or later in day when you had planned to bake bread, just transfer the covered dough as it is in fridge. This way you can store it in fridge for 2-3 days (cold fermentation). Before beginning to bake it, bring the bowl out of fridge and keep on kitchen counter for 1 hr. After then proceed with recipe as explained above.
Pin for later:
1. You can apply some oil inside the side of bowl before you keep dough for proofing. The oil helps in easy gliding of dough from the bowl.
2. Applying dry flour on spatula / scraper or on your hands prevents the dough from sticking.
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