How To Bake Homemade Bread Rolls In An Air Fryer

How To Bake Homemade Bread Rolls In An Air Fryer

I love to bake bread rolls for my family, but baking during the hot summer days is not so fun. The temperatures in Louisiana are already skyrocketing and I can’t imagine turning on the oven. It is going to take forever for the house to cool off. That is why I spent few days testing baking bread rolls in the air fryer. It took me a while to figure out the correct temperature and baking time, but I think I finally have a winning recipe for you.

These bread rolls are so delicious, buttery and fluffy. You can use them to make sliders or serve them with a saucy meal for dipping. We also like to have them for breakfast. I serve them with butter or cream cheese to spread and some cold cuts. You can serve them with jams and jellies too. The options are endless.

Bread Rolls in an Air Fryer


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Bread Rolls in an Air Fryer

How To Measure Ingredients? 

To make the dough for the bread rolls you need to differentiate between wet and dry measuring cups. We measure liquids in pitchers like these. For the dry ingredients we use measuring cups and spoons like these.

When you measure flour always scoop more than you need in your cup and use a knife to level it off. If you have a scale, use it, because measuring ingredients by weight is always more accurate.

One cup of flour contains exactly 4 oz or 120 grams of all-purpose flour.

Bread Rolls in an Air Fryer

Helpful Tips About Making The Dough

Use ingredients at room temperature for this recipe. This will help with yeast activation and proofing.

I use one large egg for this recipe. I separate one egg and I use the egg white for the dough. The egg yolk goes in a small bowl with a tablespoon of milk. I stir them together and I use them for an egg wash.

It is very important to add the flour gradually until you have soft and stretchy dough. If it is sticking to your hands and you cannot form it to a ball, then you need more flour.

When you make the dough, you might need more or less flour. It depends on the type and the brand of flour that you use. I recommend using bread flour for this recipe since it is higher on gluten.

Keep the salt away from the yeast! I always add the salt after I added at least one cup of flour. I never sprinkle salt directly over the yeast. This is very important because salt kills yeast, which can stop the fermentation process and the dough won’t rise.

Bread Rolls on a cooling rack

Proofing And Baking 

In this recipe you need to proof the dough two times. The first time is after you make the dough. I usually proof for 45 to 60 minutes directly in the mixing bowl. I cover the bowl with a towel or a plastic wrap.

The second proof is after you shape the bread rolls. You can proof the dough in the air fryer or outside. I recommend to proof at room temperature, but make sure to cover the bread rolls so they don’t dry out.

When you proof dough keep it away from vents and drafts. Rapid change in temperature can deflate the dough.

Baking time might be different depending on the air fryer or the altitude. I usually check my bread rolls after 10-12 minutes of baking. Total baking time should be about 15 minutes. Although, I like to flip the bread rolls when they are ready and bake the bottoms.

How To Bake Homemade Bread Rolls In An Air Fryer

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Proof time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Bread, Side Dish
Keyword: butter, flour, milk, Yeast
Servings: 9


  • Air fryer


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 2-3 cups flour bread flour is best,
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup melted unsalted butter


  • Crack one egg open and separate the egg yolk from the egg white. Put the egg white in the bowl of the stand mixer (or your mixing bowl) and the egg yolk in a small bowl.
  • Add a tablespoon of milk to the egg yolk in the small bowl and stir it well. Cover and set aside. This will be your egg wash.
  • Add the milk,sugar, yeast, two cups of flour and the salt to the mixing bowl. Start mixing on the lowest possible speed until you have a wet dough.
    If you don't have a mixer, use a large spoon to stir until you have a sticky dough.
  • Keep adding flour gradually and continue mixing until you have a soft and stretchy dough. You may need two and a half to three cups of flour.
    If you are making the dough by hand, transfer it on a floured surface and knead.
  • Once all the flour is incorporated and you have dough that doesn’t stick to the sides start adding the melted butter one tablespoon at a time.
  • Once all the butter is incorporated you should have a soft dough that doesn't stick to your fingers.
  • Remove the dough attachment and cover the dough with a towel or plastic wrap and leave it for an hour to proof.
  • Once the dough has doubled its size punch it down and divide it to 9 equal parts (about 2.5 oz each). Roll them into balls and arrange them in the basket of the air fryer.
    You can bake the rolls on a baking paper or spray the basket with some non stick cooking spray.
    Bread rolls before proofing
  • Proof for 30 more minutes (at room temperature).
  • Use a food safe brush to spread the egg wash on top.
    brushing egg wash on top of the bread rolls
  • Insert the basket with the bread rolls in the air fryer. Set it to bake at 320F for 15 minutes.
    Check the bread occasionally and adjust the baking time if needed. Once the tops are golden brown you can also flip the bread rolls over and bake the bottoms for 5 minutes because they tend to be lighter in color. This is totally optional.
    Baked bread rolls in the air fryer basket
  • Cool of the rolls on a cooling rack. Serve while warm.
    Bread rolls on a cooling rack
  • Store leftover rolls in a bread box for 2-3 days.


Please note that baking times might be differ depending on different brands of air fryers. Use your own judgment and check the occasionally during baking.  
I also found out that no matter where I position my basket the bottoms are always pale and looked underbaked. To fix that I flip the bread rolls over and bake the bottoms for five minutes at 320F. That step is optional but I think it creates a better bread texture. 
Bread Rolls in an Air Fryer

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