The crispest fries (that are magically good-for-you). “Fried” shrimp that doesn’t make your home smell like a seaside fish shack. And now, as though one could improve upon the glories of the air fryer, you realize you can make doughnuts. In an hour. Without a bubbling, hot-as-August deep fryer. Ahhhh.
Sure, there’s a little bit of prep involved in making doughnuts. (We mean, they’re doughnuts.) But when was the last time you tasted one that was super-fresh, and maybe still warm? Right? SO GOOD.
So make your own, because you can, and save money doing it. It’s easier than you’d expect; much of the hands-on time is just waiting for the yeasty, dreamy dough to rise. Here are two recipes we are psyched to introduce. NB: Each recipe produces both full-sized, grown doughnuts and their adorable bambino doughnut holes.
Ready the air fryer!
Caramel, sesame and candied ginger on one doughnut? Epic. The only slightly tetchy part of making this recipe is that caramel, but our step-by-step directions help keep it simple. (And one you make one caramel, you’ll be wanting to make sweet and savory caramels for a while!) There’s something so Zen and satisfying about dipping your air-fried doughnuts into that caramel afterwards. A flurry of toasted sesame seeds and bits of candied ginger make it delightful to serve to adults. (Kids will likely enjoy them, too, if they’re involved in the garnishing process!)
Both on-trend and on-point, matcha and hibiscus glazes are easy to whip together. Because it’s worth remembering that once your doughnuts are ready (after just four minutes in the air fryer, natch) you can dress them however you like. Pink and green glazes like these scream for a baby shower or wedding festivity. (Or just the first party you’ve had after a year of solitude.)
Doughnuts don’t need to be a headache to conjure happy daydreams and festive vibes. So if these recipes have you amped to consider putting a little air fryer on your kitchen counter, allow us to give you 37 more reasons to get pumped.