Use your Air Fryer to make up a delicious batch of fried bread dough or doughboys for a fast and delicious treat! Cover your Air Fryer doughboys in cinnamon and sugar for a sweet flavor or olive oil and garlic salt for a savory option.
What are other names for Fry Bread?
The funny thing about homecooked foods like this that have been around forever is that everyone seems to have a different name for them. I like doughboys—it’s cute. But you might have grown up calling it fried bread, fry bread, fry dough, fried dough, elephant ears, Utah scones, frying saucers, or even beaver tails!
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There is nothing quite like the smell of bread, is there? Something about homemade bread makes everyone come running to the kitchen.
Although my mom didn’t bake, she did often have a package of Rhodes Bake-N-Serv frozen bread dough in the freezer. Mostly she used the dough to make up batches of fresh bread for snacks or breakfast. We LOVED it. We would smother it with honey or peanut butter and hoover it down.
Sometimes she would let us fry up the bread dough into amazing little rounds of fried dough ball goodness. One of us would form the little round bundles of dough, another would fry them, and another would coat them with cinnamon and sugar.
The BEST assembly plant in the world. With 10 kids, though, you can assemble A LOT of stuff in a quick hurry. We could create a full 5-room fort in less than 15 minutes.
I rarely make fried bread dough for my own family. Which is really a shame. But, I am not particularly fond of pulling out my skillet and going through the trouble and mess of deep frying.
But I found that the Air Fryer works like a charm to create the same little bundles of carb goodness without the mess of deep frying and without the huge amounts of oil.
I have NEVER created bread dough for the purpose of making fried bread dough. I always use Rhodes frozen dough. Their dough is just so dang handy and tasty. Plus, all of the good memories from my childhood need to stay strong and fresh in my mind.
In just 15 minutes and a spray of olive oil, my little bundles of bread are fried up to a nice golden color and ready for a quick brush of butter and sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.
I’m covering ours with cinnamon and sugar and serving them as a breakfast treat just like I had them as a child. But, you could totally swap out the butter and cinnamon and sugar for a coating of olive oil and garlic salt and serve them alongside supper. Those would be super tasty!
Some great toppings for your Air Fryer Fried Dough:
The sky’s the limit when it comes to toppings for your Air Fryer Doughboys. I love the classic cinnamon sugar topping, but you can keep it simple with just butter or add some honey, jam, maple syrup, chocolate sauce, Nutella, or anything else you come up with.
- Sweet Toppings:
- Cinnamon and sugar
- Honey or maple syrup
- Chocolate sauce
- Nutella or other chocolate-hazelnut spreads
- Fruit jams or preserves
- Whipped cream and fresh berries
- Powdered sugar glaze
- Savory Toppings:
- Garlic salt and olive oil
- Grated cheese (like Parmesan or cheddar)
- Cream cheese, plain or flavored
- Pesto or marinara sauce
- Shredded chicken or pulled pork
- Chopped herbs (like parsley or cilantro)
- Sliced olives or jalapeños
- Unique Combinations:
- Peanut butter and sliced bananas
- Apple slices with caramel sauce
- Bacon bits with maple syrup
- Goat cheese and honey
- Smoked salmon and cream cheese
How to Store:
- Cool Completely: Allow the doughboys to cool to room temperature before storing.
- Airtight Container: Store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh.
- Refrigerate: If not consuming within a day, refrigerate for up to 3 days.
- Freeze for Longer Storage: For longer storage, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer bag. They can be frozen for up to 2 months.
- Air Fryer: Reheat in the air fryer at 350°F for a few minutes until warmed through. This helps retain the crispy texture.
- Oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F and warm them on a baking sheet for about 5-10 minutes.
- Microwave: For a quick option, microwave them for 20-30 seconds, but be aware this method might not keep them as crispy.