Air Fryer Pull Apart Bread Rolls

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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.

air fryer pull apart bread rolls
Air Fryer Pull Apart Bread Rolls

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.

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.

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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.

Air Fryer Bread Videos

We also made some bread videos and loaded them onto You Tube for you:

Air Fryer Pull Apart Bread Rolls
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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 Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 4
Calories: 652kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

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?



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
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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30 thoughts on “Air Fryer Pull Apart Bread Rolls”

  1. 5 stars
    why do they put these recipes in ml and g. most people dont know how to do them. im very disappointed because i wanted to make this recipe. EDIT: Just managed to make with help from Sam and they were delicious.

    • Hi Linda

      Thank you for your comment.

      We do get many comments like yours with regards to the measurements. We just use the measurements we are used to so that we get the best results, we have a conversion chart just here: If you would like to take alook and let us know if it will help you make the recipe.

      We did the conversion chart for people like yourself that are not familiar with the way we measure out the ingredients.

      If you make the recipe we hope that you enjoy it.

      Kind Regards

      Sam & Dom

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for the recipe. I was wondering if you’ve tried making hot dog buns by just shaping these differently. I’d love to serve them with brats.

  3. OK, sorry, I just looked at the recipe again and saw the note at the bottom. Thanks again for this very flexible recipe! I’ll be trying it today!

    • Hi Morrica,

      Thanks for your email.

      It works out at 20% of an ounce. Though it is 2/3s of one of those small packets of yeast, that comes in little sachets that you buy from the supermarket.

      Kind regards


      • 5 stars
        Best bread recipe I’ve ever made. Usually I can’t get the bread to rise nicely, but everything went well and it was all easy to follow.

  4. 5 stars
    Excellent and really easy recipe. I live in Japan where fresh bread (with no preservatives) is expensive. You have given me a great new use for my AF.

    • Hi Gaye

      We like bread really doughy. Try cooking on a lower heat for a further 10 minutes, that should help.

      Kind regards


  5. 5 stars
    Hi, ive never made bread before and would like to try your recipe. On the notes, if i “prove” them by cooking the dough for 60c/140f for 15 minutes, do i have to do it twice? As your recipe calls for proving for 1hour first, then another 30mins after kneading. Thanks!!

    • Hi Bernice,

      No Bernice the on the notes section is been able to prove the dough in the air fryer if you have not got somewhere hot to put your dough. We prove it outside in summer with a wet towel as it is the perfect temperature 🙂

      Thanks for the question!

  6. Hi, can I use other oils eg canola oil instead of olive oil and coconut oil if I do not have these in my pantry pls? Also, can I use self raising flour and omit the yeast in your recipe pls? Thanks!

    • Hi Pris,

      I cannot say for sure about those oils but we substituted butter for olive oil and it works really well. As for changing the plain flour to self raising it will turn out more like cake i would say instead of a bread 🙂

      • Thanks! May I know if you substituted the olive oil for butter using the weight of butter per your recipe please? I plan to try your recipe out later today. ????????

        • Hi Priscilla

          Sorry for the late reply, on this recipe we did not but now instead of butter we use olive oil 50 ml 🙂

    • 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.

    • 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 🙂

  7. 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!

    • 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 🙂

    • 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 🙂


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