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Air Fryer Pull Apart Bread Rolls. Delicious homemade air fryer bread rolls that are easy to prep and bake perfectly in the air fryer, actifry or air fryer oven. Mix and match ingredients based on season and much cheaper than buying bread rolls from the bakery.

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Air Fryer Pull Apart Bread Rolls
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Homemade Bread In Air Fryer

Welcome to my Air Fryer Pull Apart Bread. The bread of your dreams that you can make over and over again and use for a whole variety of dishes, not just pull apart bread.

I remember the day I decided I wanted to get a bread maker in our kitchen again. It was the day that we viewed the house that we now own.

It was a summers day in 2014 and there was a lack of communication between the property owners and the estate agents.

When we arrived to view the house, the owners were all there having their breakfast. I had never seen such a big family in quite a small house and there was mattresses everywhere to home everybody.

But the smell of the fresh bread drove me crazy.

That smell that makes you want to eat bread straight away even if you are not hungry.

I thought if I get this country cottage, I am going to buy a bread maker and make delicious smelling bread like this.

That time did come, and I do have this bread maker now and I can happily say, as I type this it is making me more homemade bread!

If I am in a rush for some homemade bread, I will get the bread maker out, make the bread dough, then cook it in the air fryer. Or if I am not in a rush make it all with the air fryer.

I will show you how to do both today so that you can get lost in the comforting world of homemade bread.


Can I Bake Bread In An Air Fryer?

Absolutely! And OMG it is amazing and if you love bread, making it in the air fryer will become your latest air fryer thing.

It is like classic bread rolls that are cooked touching one another that become air fryer pull apart bread.

Make this pull apart this bread for supper and serve with your favourite soups and casseroles. I love it most with our soup maker chicken soup, slow cooker venison stew, or to make gammon sandwiches after making slow cooker gammon in coke.

You can also use our air fryer bread dough for a whole range of other recipes. Use it to make pizza, make into a bread loaf or just keep as your go to bread rolls recipe.

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Bread Rolls Vs Dinner Rolls

Though, I am sure where you live, it might not be called bread rolls.

I would of course just call it bread rolls, but many parts of the world have a different name. In Manchester, England it is always called a barm cake. Or maybe instead of bread rolls you call it dinner rolls?

No matter what its name to you, know that you can adapt it, it is easy to make, and it freezes perfectly too.

How To Bake Bread In An Air Fryer?

air fryer bread rolls step by step
  • Prep the dough. You can do it the easy way in your bread machine or you can make it by hand, by following our instructions below.
  • Balls. Make your bread dough into equal sized dough balls. You can make lots of small dough balls like we do with pull apart bread or you can go bigger and have individual bread rolls that are ideal for serving with soup.
  • Air fry. Load your dinner rolls into the air fryer basket and air fry. You will love how well they cook, and you can make them golden with some egg wash.

Bread In Air Fryer

You are probably wanting to know what is the best bread in the air fryer and I find that its about personal choice and how you love your air fryer rolls.

In the Milner house we are more likely to be making regular dinner rolls rather than pull apart ones. We will have dinner rolls to go with some soup or for some sandwiches for a picnic. Or even bulk up and then load cold dinner rolls in the blender to make breadcrumbs.

But if it’s a Friday night and we want something special then we will make air fryer pull apart bread.

It works exactly the same as making air fryer classic bread rolls, you are just loading them next to each other in an air fryer baking pan like this:

Bread In Air Fryer

Then load into the air fryer basket with some egg wash and air fry:

How To Bake Bread In An Air Fryer

Then a few minutes later you have perfectly cooked air fryer pull apart bread rolls:

Air Fryer Pull Apart Bread Rolls

Though even better, if you leave them in the baking pan raw for an extra couple of minutes, they will continue to rise and they will be HUGE.

Frozen Rolls In Air Fryer

Another great idea is to make these bread rolls in advance, then freeze once cool. That way you can reheat your bread from frozen in the air fryer.

If doing frozen rolls in the air fryer I recommend 100c/210f for 10 minutes on an air fryer that is not preheated.

But just in case your frozen rolls are smaller than ours, check on your bread rolls at 6 minutes.

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Air Fryer Pull Apart Bread Rolls

Air Fryer Pull Apart Bread Rolls. Delicious homemade air fryer bread rolls that are easy to prep and bake perfectly in the air fryer, actifry or air fryer oven. Mix and match ingredients based on season and much cheaper than buying bread rolls from the bakery.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4
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Air Fryer Bread Recipe Ingredients:


  • Prepare the bread. Rub your butter into your flour until the butter is well mixed in. Warm the milk and oils in a pan until they are luke warm. Add the yeast and the pan mixture into the bowl and mix with your hands until it makes a dough. Knead the bread for 5 minutes. Place the bread dough into the air fryer basket to prove. Set the time to 10 minutes and the temperature to 60c/140f
    How To Bake Bread In An Air Fryer?
  • Easy Pull Apart Bread. For it to become pull apart bread rolls, make them into medium sized bread rolls but make sure that they are touching each other and don’t have room to breathe. And place the bread rolls into an air fryer baking pan.
    How To Bake Bread In An Air Fryer?
  • Brown Glaze. Brush the tops of the dinner rolls with egg wash and then airfry for 15 minutes at 180c/360f.
    How To Bake Bread In An Air Fryer?
  • Regular Rolls. If you would like large regular rolls place 5 bread roll doughballs into the air fryer basket and air fry for the same time and temp. The doughwe made makes 9 and you will need to do it in two batches.  
    How To Bake Bread In An Air Fryer?


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Video. Don’t forget to watch the video above as we show you how easy it is to make these bread rolls in the air fryer.
Variety. You can shape them however you wish. This is a great go to bread dough recipe that can be used for bread rolls, bread loaf, easy pull apart bread or even for dumplings.
Bread Machine. If making bread dough in the bread maker like we do (get the recipe here) then start with your fresh dough on step #2.
Thanks for reading air fryer bread rolls recipe on Recipe This. We have many more Air Fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like more bread ideas, then I recommend you try our air fryer stromboli.


Calories: 652kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 167mg | Potassium: 225mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 581IU | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 5mg
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About Sam & Dom

Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie maker and several other kitchen gadgets.

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  1. Can I use bob red mills gluten free all purpose flour for this? also, what kind of yeast do u use? rapid rise or dry yeast?

    1. Hi Anaa,

      Yes we have not tried it but should be ok, we use the dry yeast in a packet of around 11g per sachet 🙂

  2. My air fryer won’t go down to 60c. It’s 80c. I tried it at that but it was a complete failure. Not too much waste as I halved the recipe.

    Disappointed as I was so looking forward to enjoying them with homemade soup.

    1. Tower 2ltr. I live in Dundee, Scotland. I should have also mentioned I had no idea if amounts of salt etc and, importantly, when to add it in.

      Don’t want to sound like numpty!


  3. Hi
    What size is your air fryer please? I’m going to be buying one soon and want to base it on its ability to bake bread 😁

    1. Hi Tracy,

      The air fryer we use is the Philips XL 4.1L for this recipe, but it is quite old now so they might have an updated version and there is a lot of choice 🙂

  4. Hello, can you use this recipe for a bread loaf in an air fryer? If so, how would you recommend to bake said loaf?

    1. Hi Katherine,

      In theory yes it could be used to make a bread loaf but we have never cooked a bread loaf in an air fryer just bread rolls. A few things to look out for, we have trouble finding a bread loaf tin to actually fit in to our air fryer. Also the bread may rise and the top would be touching the heat element and thus burning the top of your loaf before it is cooked and in our experience with the air fryer it does not tend to cook things that are too deep very well.

      These are the main reasons why we have not tried it but if you wanted to i would suggest trying in 2 smaller tins and make sure you have enough room above the tin so your bread can rise 🙂

  5. Hello Samantha and Dominic,

    I see salt and pepper listed in the ingredients list, but there aren’t any measurements listed and I don’t see any instructions on when to add it. Can you elaborate here? Also, I’m assuming the butter is unsalted?

    Thanks! Looking forward to making these!

    1. Hi Chris,

      We never put how much salt and pepper to add on our recipes as everyone is different, the amount of salt and pepper we use might not be enough for someone else or could be too much, so you just put in enough that you think you will like. The butter was salted and if we use unsalted we will stipulate in the recipe.

      Hope your rolls turn out great 🙂

    1. Hi Colleen,

      The nutrition is worked out from how many servings. So the bread served 4 so it takes just one portion and works it out from that. So i would take the carbs as for 2-3 rolls not one. But these nutrition totals are for a guide only as things like quality of ingredients can effect the values in the nutrition info 🙂

    1. If your air fryer doesn’t go low enough, i would recommend prooving the bread in bowl instead with a damp tea towel over it instead.