Krispy Kreme Donuts: Make them at home using Air Fryer

Krispy Kreme Donuts: Deep-fried meals are fries and chicken wings. Donuts? Homer Simpson’s favourite cuisine is one of my favorites.

In gallons of oil, Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts, and other bakeries fry sweet bread-based delights. This makes them undesirable for anybody seeking to cut calories and produces a deep-fried smell in your kitchen.

I’ve tried baking donuts to make a healthy version, but an oven can’t accomplish the exact balance of a browned shell and a pillowy inside.
If air fryers can generate crisp, crispy fries without deep-frying oil, can they be used to make healthier doughnuts at home without leaving your house smelling like a fish and chip shop?

What is Krispy Kreme?

Krispy Kreme, Inc. is an American doughnut manufacturer and coffeehouse chain. Vernon Rudolph (1915–1973) obtained a yeast-raised dish from a New Orleans cook and started distributing to grocery shops in 1937. Steady growth preceded an unsuccessful public firm development from 2000 to 2016. In 2016, the corporation reverted to private hands under JAB Holding Company. Krispy Kreme returned to Nasdaq in July 2021.

In the 1950s, they expanded to Savannah, Georgia. By the 1960s, Krispy Kreme was recognised across the Southeast and expanding. Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation was acquired by Beatrice Foods of Chicago in 1976. Krispy Kreme remains in Winston-Salem.

Beatrice Foods was sold to franchisees in 1982. Krispy Kreme opened locations beyond the southern United States in the 1990s. Krispy Kreme established its first foreign location in Mississauga, Ontario, in 2001.

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Air fryer used making the donuts

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How to make Krispy Kreme like Donuts?

I like the Great British Baking Show judge Paul Hollywood’s bread-based snack dishes. Many of his inventions, like ring donuts, are Technical Challenges. While I’m sure Hollywood’s powdered sugar and lemon juice glaze is delicious, I prefer Krispy Kreme’s creamy topping.

The company has never revealed its specific glaze recipe, but this imitation version from Baking Mad tasted extremely similar. I mixed dough ingredients and kneaded until smooth and elastic. You may make this by hand, but I used my KitchenAid stand mixer with the dough hook to save time.

I put the kneaded dough in a lightly oiled bowl, covered it with a moist kitchen towel, and let it rise for two hours in a warm environment. Then I rolled out the dough on a lightly floured board to 12 inch thick and used a donut cutter to stamp out 3.5-inch discs with a 1.2-inch hole in the middle. A donut cutter is two dough cutters: one forms the shape and marks the centre so the other can make the hole. If you don’t have a donut cutter, you may use two circular cookie cutters, however it will be more time-consuming.

I put the donuts on an oiled pan and covered them gently with plastic wrap to proof again. Then it was time to cook.

Conclusion

I’ve used an air fryer before to make pork belly and French Toast, but I wasn’t sure what temperature and cooking time to use.

As I’ve indicated, I’ve tried baked donuts before, but they need cake batter, not dough. Instead, I researched air fryer doughnut recipes online and landed on 374 F/190 C for six minutes.

The Instant Vortex Plus air fryer (currently our top-rated air fryer) preheats for three minutes before telling me it’s achieved the proper temperature. As the dough was sticky, I put four donuts on a piece of greaseproof paper the size of the air fryer’s crisper plate to prevent sticking. Then I cooked in the air fryer.

The air fryer advised me to flip the meal halfway through cooking so hot air can reach every inch for a crisp finish. I wanted crisp, equally browned doughnuts on both sides, so I opened the air fryer drawer and flipped them over.
When the cooking time was up, I opened the air fryer drawer to find risen doughnuts. The greaseproof paper I used to keep the donuts from adhering to the crisper plate meant the bottoms (which were now the tops because I’d turned them) weren’t as browned as I’d intended. When cooking began, the sides facing up were dark brown.

I sliced a doughnut. The interior was pillowy soft, but the crust was rather crunchy. I rethought cooking temperature and time.
When deep frying doughnuts, most recipes need 356 F / 180 C oil, so I reduced the air fryer to this temperature and dropped the cooking time to five minutes.

I also opted to bake the donuts in a metal tray instead of on greaseproof paper. This helped cinnamon buns cook evenly in an air fryer by reflecting heat. I oiled the doughnut tin to prevent sticking.

This batch was a bust after cooking. The doughnuts were soft and golden on the exterior. When I nibbled the edge, it didn’t break.
I had to make Krispy Kreme frosting and dip the doughnuts. When my boyfriend sampled one, he thought I’d cheated and purchased doughnuts from the store.

I’m glad I can enjoy one of my favourite desserts without watching calories. Try these air-fried doughnuts if you like Krispy Kreme.

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Phil has been an avid gamer ever since he was a kid, and he now spends most of his free time reviewing and testing video games and other forms of consumer technology. When he's not out and about in Los Santos, that is.

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