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Air Fryer Baking For Easter. If you love baking, then you will love our air fryer baking series. In this edition of baking in the air fryer we will be sharing with you how to bake in the air fryer on a budget at Easter.
Air Fryer Baking
I love baking in the air fryer. The first type of baking I ever did in the air fryer was air fryer chocolate chip cookies. We used our own homemade air fryer baking silicone sheet made by cutting these up.
It was long before Philips Air Fryer Accessories was a thing and back then you had to create your own accessories and hope that they worked.
We would place our silicone baking mat in the air fryer basket and load it up with our favourite chocolate chip cookies.
It was a HUGE success and perfect if we were craving baked goods and soon, we expanded and then expanded some more into as many air fryer baking recipes that we could think of.
I tend to bake the most seasonally. Halloween baking, Christmas baking, Summer baking and of course at Easter.
Baking for me is great because I can do it with my kids, it is cheap, it is delicious, and it is fun.
Why I Bake In The Air Fryer At Easter
One thing I hate about the holidays, is how much supermarkets and grocery stores charge you for seasonal goods.
I have always been frugal, and I have always been one for saving money and the mark up on seasonal goods drives me crazy.
At Christmas what I tend to do is buy gifts throughout the year when they don’t have the high mark up costs, or on Black Friday when they have the sale on.
Yet you look at Easter and there are no such discounts on the run up to the chocolate Easter Egg tradition. I look at it and wonder why chocolate shaped like an egg can be so expensive and if it is really worth buying at all.
Back in 2015 I went to my local British supermarket and compared the prices. Chocolate bars on sale sold for half the price of that of an Easter Egg.
This of course is based upon how much you would pay for either item per kilo. As I find this is a good comparison as it shows the weight difference.
I vowed right there in 2015 that I would never pay full price for an Easter Egg and I have stuck by this ever since.
Though I do look in the supermarket 5 days after Easter for eggs on clearance and some years the kids do get an Easter egg, just a little bit later.
Instead I bake in the air fryer and have a wonderful time with the kids making Easter treats. They will remember Easter as a wonderful time for baking and covering themselves in flour.
Right now, they are aged 3 and aged 5 and love to bake and get involved in the kitchen and it’s a time of year that I love too.
Air Fryer Baking Accessories
Before I share with you the two air fryer baking recipes they make the most at Easter, I wanted to show you my favourite air fryer baking accessories.
#1 Air Fryer Baking Basket – This is the link to the exact one we use and that you see in the recipe photos below. Some of you may also call it an air fryer baking dish or an air fryer baking pan.
It is made by Philips though you can use it in any air fryer type that it will fit in.
It is also 100% non-stick and I never have to grease it before baking in it and use it a lot for melting chocolate and other baking methods.
#2 Air Fryer Silicone Baking Mat – This is the cheaper option to number #1 and is what we used in the early days of air fryer baking. It suits cookies most and is also great for breaded chicken and I still have about 4 of them now.
#3 Air Fryer Accessories Bundle – If you are just starting out with an air fryer, I recommend one of these bundles. It saves buying lots of items on their own and is much cheaper. Plus, it helps you with air fryer accessories beyond just baking.
#4 Air Fryer Silicone Cupcakes – You can also get some amazing cupcake moulds for the air fryer on Amazon. You can get different styles, different shapes and even different colours.
Here they are in the before and after when the kids made fairy cakes:
Air Fryer Vs Baking In Oven
If you have not baked in the air fryer yet and wonder how it compares to the oven, then here is the info you need:
- Air fryers circulate air from the top meaning that it is hard to cook food at the bottom.
- Avoid chocolate loaded cakes in the air fryer because the chocolate lands on the bottom. Instead always use cocoa powder.
- Air fryers cook quicker than an oven and can save you time in the kitchen.
- An air fryer is often smaller, so adjust quantities to fit in the air fryer.
Air Fryer Baking At Easter With The Kids
We have had so much fun baking with the kids at Easter that it is hard to choose between all the delicious Easter recipes.
Before I jump in with the two Easter recipes that the kids bake themselves let me share a funny photo with you:
The picture above is of Jorge at Easter 2018. I had bought in food colouring and Sofia found it and painted Jorge with it.
I learnt my lesson and never left food colouring out that Jorge or Sofia could grab for some time.
The 2 Easter recipes we make in the air fryer every year are:
- Easter Recipe #1 – Air Fryer Birds Nest Cake
- Easter Recipe #2 – Air Fryer Mini Egg Cupcakes
Going back to being frugal at Easter, both these are super cheap and so easy for kids to make while you supervise them.
The simple ingredients include:
You could easily source all the ingredients for some family baking for less than $10 and you will have some ingredients left over.
It is perfect if you are on a tight budget and want to bake with your kids or grandkids.
I loved to bake with my Grandma and its among my many fond memories of her. I don’t recall her ever buying me an Easter Egg, but we did was so much more fun.
Air Fryer Birds Nest Cakes
I’ve been making this with my kids for more than 17 years. Kyle was probably around 2 years old when this tradition started. He is 19 this summer and still loves to eat them.
You can use either Corn Flakes or Rice Krispies. The idea is that you melt chocolate in the air fryer, stir in your cereal of choice, add mini eggs on top and you are DONE.
Here is Sofia making the Rice Krispies version with me in the Easter of 2016:
Here is Jorge doing the Corn Flakes version in the air fryer a couple of weeks ago:
This is Jorge’s step by step pictures as he makes his favourite birds nest cakes in the air fryer baking pan:
Air Fryer Mini Egg Cupcakes
Making air fryer mini egg cupcakes includes the Easter tradition of Cadbury’s Mini Eggs which I LOVE. If you have not heard of them before here is a link to learn more about them.
You make a classic cake batter in a bowl. This can be your own homemade version like we have done, or you can use a cake batter than you bought in a box.
You then load your cake batter into silicone cups, load into the air fryer and bake. Make a quick soft cheese cupcake frosting add mini eggs on top and you are done.
You can guarantee that there will be a big queue in the kitchen for who gets to lick out the bowl, the spoon and the frosting. The kids were kind enough to leave me a spoon as you are never too old for the bowl!
Air Fryer Baking For Easter
Air Fryer Birds Nest Cake:
Air Fryer Mini Egg Cupcakes:
- Make the birds nest cakes first. Break up the milk chocolate into squares and load into the air fryer baking pan along with butter and golden syrup. Cook for 5 minutes at 140c/280f and stir until the butter and chocolate are fully melted and mixed. Add in corn flakes and stir well until the corn flakes are all chocolate coated. Load into baking cups and fridge with a couple of mini eggs on top of each cake. After an hour remove from the fridge and eat.
- Make the cake batter second. In a bowl and using a hand mixer, beat the butter and the sugar until smooth and creamy. Add in eggs and mix again on low and add in the rest of the cake batter ingredients and mix well with a fork. Load the cake batter into silicone cupcakes or similar containers and place in the air fryer basket. Cook for 10 minutes at 180c/360f. Remove from the air fryer and allow to cool.
- Make the cupcake frosting while the cupcakes are cooking. In a bowl and using your hand mixer again, mix the icing sugar into the soft cheese. Once it is nice and creamy and there are no more icing sugar lumps add in the vanilla essence and mix gently with a fork.
- When cool load the cupcake frosting topping. Wait until the cupcakes have hit room temperature and swirl the cupcake frosting over the cupcakes. Add mini eggs and serve.
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