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What desserts can you make in an air fryer?
It’s easy to assume that air fryers are simply for cooking savory dishes, but these handy appliances can be used for sweet options too.
Churros and donuts are great desserts to make in an air fryer, and you won’t be left with a greasy finish as you might expect from deep fat frying. Small pies work well in air fryers, and you can also make s’mores (marshmallows and chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker, if you didn’t grow up camping in the US), and beignets (a deep-fried pastry).
Here’s something else that might surprise you: since air fryers mimic the way convection ovens work, they also provide a fantastic way to bake cakes, with the hot air circulation ensuring that your cake will be evenly baked throughout.
If you’ve sworn off the donuts and are looking for a healthier selection of desserts to make in your air fryer, fruit works surprisingly well. Slices of apple will be transformed into crisp, tasty snacks, and even softer fruits such as peaches are delicious if you sprinkle them in a little cinnamon and sugar before cooking.
If you want even more options for preparing desserts, consider a model such as the Ninja Foodi Multi-Cooker, which combines air-frying functions with other handy features such as baking, searing, slow-cooking, and grilling.
What can’t be cooked in an air fryer?
Not surprisingly, there are some foods that can’t be cooked in an air fryer. Generally speaking, dishes that have a wet batter aren’t suitable for air frying – the batter won’t set properly, and it’ll be very difficult to clean the machine after, – so you’re better off sticking with a deep fryer.
Other foods that don’t work so well include raw greens such as broccoli, and dishes that require water, like rice. If you’re a big cheese fan, then air frying foods with cheese isn’t going to be the best idea – you’ll end up with a whole load of mess rather than a tasty treat.
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