Pastry In Air Fryer

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How to make homemade pastry to cook in the air fryer. We will be showing you our simple method for shortcrust pastry aka pie crust and then you can use it in a lot of your favourite air fryer pastry recipes.

This is the same air fryer pastry recipe that we use for sausage rolls, pies, quiches, flans, mars bars and so much more and is just two simple ingredients plus some water.

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Air Fryer Pie Crust
Air Fryer Pie Crust

Air Fryer Pastry

I always remember all the baking that I did as a kid with my grandma. She was an amazing baker, and we would often make 6 different things over a Saturday and then we would enjoy a few of our bakes afterwards.

But one thing we always made was good old shortcrust pastry, because it was one of those recipes that could be used in so many different ways and it is so cheap to make.

We would always make an egg and bacon pie and usually something similar to the babybel bites but it would have been something different in the centre.

All these years later, I bake the same things with the same shortcrust pastry recipe, but now they are used to make yummy things in the air fryer.

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Air Fryer Pie Crust

If you live in the USA, you might not have heard of air fryer shortcrust pastry and instead will often bake with pie crust instead.

They are very similar recipes, and we find that we can use a classic pie crust recipe in the same way and after all this shortcrust pastry recipe is made usually for pies.

Can You Cook Pastry In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can. Pastry in an air fryer is amazing and I have been doing so, since just after purchasing my first air fryer back in 2012.

You can cook pastry in the air fryer for pies, sweet treats, sausage rolls and so much more.

Can You Cook Raw Pastry In An Air Fryer?

Yes, raw pastry is fine in the air fryer. In our air fryer cookbook we show you firstly how to make the shortcrust pastry and then give you plenty of uses for it including in some delicious pies (both sweet and savoury) as well as a homemade quiche.

I have also cooked frozen Greggs steak bakes in the air fryer which uses raw pastry and they have always come out perfectly.

Can You Put A Pastry Pie In An Air Fryer?

Yes, you can put a pastry pie in the air fryer and cook any pie that fits the air fryer basket.

Though think of it like when you are using an oven, it can overcook on top if you don’t keep an eye on it, and you want to reduce the temperature for the pie to cook in the centre.

How Do You Use An Air Fryer For Pastry?

There are many ways to use an air fryer for pastry. Or number #1 go to is air fryer sausages rolls and our number #2 is an air fryer cheese flan. Both become our picnic food in the summer and our party food in the winter.

But our Aussie readers just love our air fryer meat pies and make them all the time.

When I am cooking the pastry in the air fryer I will just focus on making sure it fits properly, has egg wash brushed on, and is cooked at the right time and temp.

What Pastry Do You Use For Pies?

Usually when making a pie you either use shortcrust pastry or flaky pastry or puff pastry.

Though when I am making pastry for a pie, especially if it a savoury pie such as a chicken pie, I will do a shortcrust bottom and a puff pastry top.

Though you can use either for your pies.

Or there are a few other options such as a ready made pie crust or a Pillsbury pie crust in the air fryer.

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Savoury Pie Pastry Recipe

For a savoury pie pastry recipe, the ingredients are very simple and mix together fast in a bowl.

  • 225g/8oz Plain Flour
  • 100g/3.5oz Butter
  • Enough water to bind into a dough ball

Then for savoury I always add some seasonings too such as salt, pepper and some dried parsley.

Sweet Pie Pastry Recipe

Then to make it sweet the same flour and butter ingredients and water remains the same. Then instead of savoury seasonings we swap this for some sugar.

  • 225g/8oz Plain Flour
  • 100g/3.5oz Butter
  • Enough water to bind into a dough ball

Then for the sweetness I will add 28g/1oz of granulated sugar and ½ tsp of mixed spice. Though you can swap mixed spice for cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice etc.

How To Make Air Fryer Pastry?

  • Bowl. Add to the bowl everything but the water and using your fingers rub the fat into the flour.  
  • Water. Then add a little water at a time and mix as you go until you have a soft pastry dough ball.  
  • Ready. You are now ready to cook pie in the air fryer or whatever you are using the pastry for.

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How Long To Cook Shortcrust Pastry In Air Fryer?

The pastry in the air fryer can differ with the cook time depending on what you are using it for.

Many shortcrust pastry recipes will require a 20 minute cook time, or shorter if you are making something like air fryer oreo bites.

Air Fryer Recipes Using Shortcrust Pastry

Here are a few recipes using our shortcrust pastry recipe in the air fryer.

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This pie crust in air fryer is an updated post and was originally shared on Recipe This in 2019 and then in 2020.

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Pastry In Air Fryer

How to make homemade pastry to cook in the air fryer. We will be showing you our simple method for shortcrust pastry aka pie crust and then you can use it in a lot of your favourite air fryer pastry recipes.
Prep Time4 minutes
Total Time4 minutes
Course: Dessert, Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 412kcal


  • 225 g Plain/All Purpose Flour
  • 100 g Unsalted Butter

For Savoury Pastry

  • 1 Tsp Dried Mixed Herbs
  • Salt & Pepper

For Sweet Pastry

  • ½ Tsp Mixed Spice/Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 28 g Granulated Sugar

Kitchen Gadgets


  • Place into a bowl all the ingredients for whether you are making sweet pastry or savoury pastry.
    How Long To Cook Shortcrust Pastry In Air Fryer?
  • Then rub the fat into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
    How Long To Cook Shortcrust Pastry In Air Fryer?
  • Once it does slowly add the water at the speed of a tablespoon at a time and mix with a knife and then get your hands in as it starts to get sticky.
    How Long To Cook Shortcrust Pastry In Air Fryer?
  • Once you have mixed enough water in, knead for a couple of minutes until you have a soft dough.
    How Long To Cook Shortcrust Pastry In Air Fryer?



Make Ahead. You can also make ahead this shortcrust pastry recipe, freeze it if you want to, and then thaw it when you are ready to use it.
Thanks for reading our best ever shortcrust pastry recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to try more delicious recipes using our pastry, do try our air fryer sausage rolls next.


Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 629IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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8 thoughts on “Pastry In Air Fryer”

  1. I simply want to know at what setting, time and temperature to bake an empty pie shell in my Power XL AIR FRYER /OVEN

    • Hi Dot,

      If it is just the crust on its own cook at 165c for 10 minutes then to crisp and add colour to it another 5 minutes at 180c, this is because the Cosori’s basket is not as high and the air does not circulate around it as well as the Philips air fryer or the air fryer oven 🙂


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