I love baking. I love baking in my air fryers, I think I find it less intimidating. I started with my mom’s recipes, which she has had for years and years, she is old-fashioned and keeps them on notecards, so the origins are unknown. But, like most home bakers, once you find a recipe you like, you tweak it a bunch, until it suits your family needs. I was going to upload a picture of this one, because, on the card, it has everyone’s preferences. My dad liked it with a side of honey, my sister liked it with lemon zest, I liked it with less sour cream. I wish I had that type of dedication to my recipes. I am really hoping that I get there in the new year (I will probably be saying this in June, so bear with me)
Everyone is familiar with quick bread, my mother and probably yours or your aunt, (or you) probably grabbed a box or two, or three from the grocery’s baking aisle, weather it was cranberry bread, date bread, or just good old-fashioned banana bread.
We have all had them, I even attempted more than my share of cranberry and banana bread, in my lifetime. Most of the time, it was when I had some bananas that were a little too past their peak, to give them to my children as snacks. I really love cranberry bread, it’s one of my favorite and I always have it with a smear of cream cheese, during the fall months. And to be honest with you, nothing beats a fall morning with homemade cranberry bread and a nice hot cup of coffee. It’s one of my favorite breakfast treats.
The quickest bread has the same basic ingredients so once you master them, you should be able to tackle any quick bread.
Flour: I have been reading up on flour since I am really baking a storm these days. I always use all-purpose, which is really made for the home baker, since most of us wouldn’t run to a store, just to buy special types of flour for each recipe. The key to the all-purpose flour and why it is suitable for baking is that it has a medium gluten protein count of about 9.5-11.5% (Thank you Wikipedia). This protein count is actually really important to remember because when you are baking, it’s really important not to over mix because overmixing the gluten will cause your final product, whether it’s cakes, cookies, or quick bread to be harder and denser.
Baking Powder: I remember most of the time in science class playing with both baking powder and baking soda, waiting for a chemical reaction. Well, those science teachers knew what they were talking about because baking powder (and the one that is going to follow this, baking soda) are very important in baking. Baking powder is really a combination of baking soda, cream of tartar, and depending on the brand cornstarch. (Again, thank you Wikipedia). the only reason that baking powder is used in baked goods is that it is a substitute for yeast. It still causes your baked goods to get the height and allows you to get fluffy baked goods. It does so because as your science teacher taught you, it causes a chemical reaction with releasing carbon dioxide gas, with some acid in the recipe.
Baking Soda; Again your science teacher probably showed you this, in comparison as to what baking powder could do. Baking soda is really just Sodium Bicarbonate. Baking soda is added into most baked goods because it acts as a leavening agent. What is a leavening agent, you ask? Well, reading about on the web, baking soda is an acid and it causes a chemical reaction with another acid if your baked good, which causes your baked good to expand. This ingredient is really important in cakes, bread, cupcakes, pancakes, and other fluffy baked goods.
Sugar: Sugar is not the most popular topic these days, with everyone having a special take on it. But sugar does play a significant role in the baking process. There are many substitutes for sugar, that will work. But what any type of sugar will do for a baked good, is really ingredient that adds a nice texture to your baked good, since it is light and airy, it helps your baked good keep moist after baking. So, if you are looking for a sugar alternative, please note that the recipe may need additional air frying time, since all sugars are moist, and they may require additional cooking time.
Hints For Air Fryer Safe Pans:
If you want to keep the classic shape of the quick bread, then I recommend these,
These will find in both the Vortex Pus and Omni, I have used them in both, so I know they fit.
Disposable Air Fryer Safe Pans:
Now, I give a lot of quick breads and other baked goods out, around the holidays and even during the school year, for teachers, and other events. I usually stock up on these, when they are on sale, and they come in really handy.
My Recommendations for Air Fryers, which is a very common question, I receive. Here are my three favorites, at the time of the post.
GoWise Air Fryer, I think this is the best model to get you into the air fryer world, it doesn’t mean that you are going to stick with it, but it’s a solid machine, large enough for a chicken and inexpensive enough that you can upgrade later, and use it for sides.
Secura Air Fryer: This is MY first air fryer, I have had it since (Amazon tells me I ordered it on August 23, 2017), It is a fabulous machine, and I always recommend it to my Facebook group, when they are on sale because it works. And to be honest, once you get into the air fryer world, you want another one for side dishes (and, I’m so hoping that is true and not just me)
Omni Air Fryer, By Instant Pot: This is my newest addition and I am in love. There are a lot of things I love about this, but the main ones are that I can make a LOT of food for my family, and since I have 2 teenage boys, I really need the same. Also, this was my first air fryer oven, so I am loving making cookies, pancakes, and other food that needed a flat surface.
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This is one of the easiest recipes to make, and one of the tastiest. I love my morning coffee, with a nice slice of homemade cranberry bread, and a smidge of cream cheese. I usually make a loaf bread at night, so I can grab a slice, along with my morning coffee, and sit out on my porch and read my emails.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 egg
- 1–2 tablespoons orange zest
- 1 cup fresh cranberries, diced
- 1 cup diced walnuts
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together.
- Add the eggs, orange juice, orange zest, to the creamed sugar/butter.
- Mix in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix well.
- Fold in the cranberries and walnuts.
- Pour the batter into a greased air fryer safe pan.
- Set the pan into the air fryer, and set the temperature to 320 degrees F, for 20 minutes.
- When the time is up, place a toothpick in the loaf, and check to see that the toothpick comes out clean, if not add another 5 minutes.
- NOTE: The exact time is going to depend on the air fryer model you have and the pans that you are using. I highly recommend using mini loaf pans as they do better in the air fryer than the larger loaf pans, you will often find the middle not cooking when using the larger loaf pans.