Easy Air Fryer Bread Recipe (White & Wholemeal)

Today, I’m thrilled to share with you my beloved air fryer bread recipe, along with some personal twists and turns I encountered along the way.

In the UK, high-quality bread is a rarity and we often find ourselves paying a hefty £3-5 for a loaf of high-quality bread. But what if I told you that, with an air fryer, you could not only cut down the cost but also add a dash of fun and creativity to your baking routine?

As someone who loves to experiment in the kitchen, the challenge of baking bread in an air fryer was irresistible. I remember the excitement of seeing that first loaf emerge, golden and aromatic

This recipe is my tried and tested guide to making that perfect loaf, suited for both seasoned bakers and newbies. I’ve included clear, step-by-step instructions, and a few tricks I’ve learned, and I’m eager to hear about your experiences too!

Air Fryer Bread Basics

Air fryers work by circulating hot air around the food, creating a quick and even cooking environment. 

This makes them perfect for bread baking as they can mimic the consistent, dry heat of a traditional oven, giving your bread a beautiful crust and soft interior.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing an air fryer for bread:

  • Size: Make sure it fits the size of your bread.
  • Basket Shape: Square or rectangular baskets are more bread-friendly.
  • Preheat Capabilities: A quick preheating air fryer is your best friend.

What You Need

The ingredients are simple, and you probably already have them in your pantry. Here’s what I use for a basic loaf

List of Ingredients for Basic Air Fryer Bread

A neatly organized display of bread ingredients on a wooden surface. A labeled cup with 300 ml of water, a bowl with 400g of flour, and small dishes containing 20g of butter, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 2 teaspoons of yeast
  • Flour: 400g (I prefer bread flour* but all-purpose flour will do as well, read more in this section)
  • Yeast: 2 tsp (Instant or active dry yeast, I use Allison)
  • Sugar: 1 tsp (Helps feed the yeast)
  • Salt: 2 tsp (For flavor)
  • Water: 300ml (Lukewarm, for activating the yeast)
  • Butter or Olive Oil: 20 grams melted butter or 1 tsp olive oil (For dough elasticity)

*A side note on flour choices:

If you’re using all-purpose flour instead of bread flour, be prepared for a slightly denser texture.

This can also mean your bread might need a tad more time in the air fryer to get that perfect bake.

All-purpose flour has less protein content which means doesn’t form as much gluten as bread flour, so it doesn’t trap air as well, leading to a denser loaf.

Equipment Needed

  • Air Fryer: The star of the show. Make sure it has enough capacity for the size of the bread you want to bake.
  • Mixing Bowls: For preparing and resting the dough.
  • Measuring Cups, spoons, and/or kitchen scale: For accurate ingredient measurements.
  • Dough Scraper (Optional): Helps in handling and shaping the dough.
  • Parchment Paper (Optional): Useful for lining the air fryer basket to prevent sticking.
  • Kitchen Cloth or Towel: For covering the dough during rising.

Air Fryer Bread: Step-by-Step Directions

Step 1: Mixing the Dough

The initial step of bread-making with ingredients combined in a bowl. The dry flour mix is visibly separated from the salt and sugar on one side and yeast on the other, creating a stark contrast of textures and colors
  • Combine the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add melted butter and gradually add 300ml lukewarm water mixing until a dough forms.
  • If the dough is too dry, add 10-20ml more water; if too wet, add a bit more flour.

Step 2: Kneading the Dough

The process of kneading bread dough on a floured wooden surface. The dough appears partially dusted with flour, with a surrounding area scattered with loose flour, suggesting the active motion of kneading
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead for about 3-4 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic.
  • Tip: Knead by pushing the dough away with the heel of your hand, then folding it back on itself. Repeat this process, rotating the dough as you go.

Step 3: Resting the Dough

Dough resting on a wooden surface, covered in a light dusting of flour. The dough has a rough texture, indicating that it has been recently kneaded and is now in the midst of the rising process.
  • Place the dough in a warm place and cover it with a kitchen towel.
  • Let it rest in a warm place for about 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  • Once risen, gently punch down the dough to release air bubbles, do some extra kneading, and put it in a lightly oiled bowl for the next 30 minutes (so it can grow vertically now)
  • Tip: Avoid drafts and keep the dough in a consistently warm area for best-rising results I usually keep it on the cutting board at room temperature

Step 4: Shaping the Dough

  • Shape the dough to fit your air fryer basket. Round, oval, or even a simple loaf shape works well.
  • Tip: Don’t overwork the dough while shaping; gentle handling maintains its light texture.

Step 5: Setting Up the Air Fryer

The dough shaped into a round loaf on a floured wooden surface, ready for the next step. The surface shows signs of flour being spread around, indicating the dough has been handled and shaped.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 200°C (400°F) for about 5 minutes.
  • Optionally line the basket with parchment paper to prevent sticking and place the shaped dough inside.

Step 6: Baking the Bread

  • Bake the bread for about 15 minutes at 200°C (400°F) then for another 30 minutes at slightly lower temperature of 180°C (360°F), or until it’s golden brown 
The final product of air-fried bread with a golden-brown crust, displayed on a black air fryer tray. The bread's surface has a rustic appearance with visible scoring marks.

My Personal Twists and Tips

  • First Attempt: My first loaf was a bit too dense. I realized I hadn’t let the dough rise enough. Patience is key!
  • Too Brown, Too Soon: On my third try, the top started browning too quickly. A simple foil cover did the trick.
  • Shape Matters: I experimented with different shapes – a round loaf has a certain rustic charm, but a rectangular one is much better for sandwiches in my opinion.

Tips for Best Results

  • Avoid opening the air fryer too often, as this can cause temperature fluctuations.
  • Cover the bread with foil to prevent burning if it is browning too quickly.


  • Whole Wheat Bread: Replace half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour (I use Allison’s very strong wholemeal bread flour if I want the bread to be wholemeal).
  • Gluten-Free? No Problem: Swap the regular flour with your favorite gluten-free blend. Keep an eye on the moisture level, as these flours can behave differently.
  • Herbed or Cheese Bread: Add herbs like rosemary or thyme, or fold in grated cheese during the shaping step.

Troubleshooting Common Problems I Was Facing

Undercooked Center

It happened to me once when I was in a rush. My fix? I just increased the baking time a bit and lowered the temperature. It lets the bread cook evenly without charring the crust

Too Crusty Exterior

If your bread’s outer shell is turning into armor, try lowering the temp and using some foil as a shield for part of the baking time. It keeps the crust tender while the inside bakes to perfection.

Bread Collapsing

This could be due to over-proofing. Let the dough rise only until it’s just about doubled in size. Over-proofed dough loses its structure and collapses when baked.

Bread Not Rising

Ensure the yeast is fresh and activated. The water temperature for mixing with yeast should be lukewarm, not hot. Check the expiry date of your yeast and store it properly.


To prevent the bread from sticking to the air fryer basket, line it with parchment paper. Make sure the paper is slightly larger than the bottom of the basket to protect the sides of the bread.

After baking, let the bread cool for a few minutes in the basket before gently lifting it out. This helps to release the bread more easily.

Serving and Storage

Serving Suggestions

  • Fresh and Warm: Serve the bread fresh and warm from the air fryer for the best experience.
  • Pairings: Pair with soups, stews, or salads. It’s also perfect for sandwiches.
  • Toppings: Try it with butter, jam, honey, or your favorite spread.

Storage Tips

  • Cool Completely: Allow the bread to cool completely before storing.
  • Airtight Container: Store in an airtight container or bread box.
  • Refrigeration: Avoid refrigerating as it dries out the bread. If you must refrigerate, wrap it well in cling film or foil.
  • Freezing: Bread can be frozen for up to 3 months. Slice before freezing for easy portioning.

Some Questions You May Have (FAQ Section)

Can I bake any bread recipe in an air fryer?

Most bread recipes can be adapted for an air fryer. However, you might need to adjust the size of the loaf and the baking time.

Do I need to preheat my air fryer before baking bread?

Yes, preheating helps achieve a consistent baking environment. Preheat to the recommended temperature for 5 minutes.

Can I open the air fryer to check on the bread during baking?

Try to minimize opening the air fryer as it can cause temperature fluctuations. If necessary, do it quickly and carefully.

What’s the best way to tell if my bread is done?

The bread should be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped (especially from the bottom)

Easy Air Fryer Bread Recipe (White & Wholemeal)

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Bake fresh, homemade air fryer bread effortlessly. Get a golden, crispy crust that is soft inside. Perfect for all meals or a tasty snack, this simple recipe ensures delicious bread in no time. Enjoy the aroma and taste of bakery-style bread right from your kitchen.

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  • 400 g 2 1/2 cup bread or all-purpose flour

  • 2 tsp 2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp 1 tbsp sugar

  • 20 g 1 1/2 tbsp butter

  • 2 tsp 2 tsp yeast

  • 300 ml 1 1/4 cup water


  • Mix flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and melted butter in a bowl. Gradually add 300ml water until a dough forms, adjusting with extra water or flour as needed.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for 3-4 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  • Let the dough rest covered in a warm place for 1 hour, then punch down and rest for another 30 minutes.
  • Shape the dough to fit your air fryer basket, handling it gently to maintain texture.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 200°C (400°F) for 5 minutes; line the basket with parchment if desired.
  • Bake bread at 200°C (400°F) for 15 minutes, then at 180°C (360°F) for 30 minutes until golden brown.


  • If you’re using all-purpose flour instead of bread flour, be prepared for a slightly denser texture.
  • Avoid opening the air fryer too often, as this can cause temperature fluctuations.
  • Cover the bread with foil to prevent burning if it is browning too quickly.
  • If your bread’s outer shell is turning into armor, try lowering the temp and using some foil as a shield for part of the baking time. It keeps the crust tender while the inside bakes to perfection.
  • The nutritional facts of a recipe can be calculated by adding together the nutritional content of each individual ingredient used in the recipe. Details may vary depending on the ingredients used

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size: 1g
  • Total number of serves: 15
  • Calories: 1552kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 74.2g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Fat: 17.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3g
  • Sodium: 6822mg
  • Fiber: 3.3g
  • Sugar: 4.7g
  • Calcium: 2.88mg

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  • Share your experiences, photos, or even your tips in the comments below!
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