Fellow bakers and culinary enthusiasts––welcome! We're going on a buttery journey of delicious proportions! Today, we’re embarking on a palate-pleasing adventure by baking buttermilk biscuits in an air fryer.
In case you haven't heard - air fryers are THE kitchen commodity of 2023. Culinary social media has seen people air fry everything from homemade bagels to hard-boiled eggs (apparently, it works!) Will this kitchen gizmo have more staying power than 2020’s Instapot? Only time will tell.
From what I've heard, the air fryer helps speed up cooking for when time is of the essence (and in this day and age, isn't it always?).
Contrary to what the name suggests, air fryers don't fry food in the conventional sense. Instead, they use convection to brown the outer layer of your food and give it that signature crisp. Air fryers essentially use rapidly moving hot air to cook the food, unlike an oven when the hot air stands still.
For years, Daisy’s classic buttermilk biscuits have been handmade with love in our kitchen…in an old-school oven. We bake them at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The resulting fluffy, buttery goodness is irresistible and we're often told we make the best buttermilk biscuits in Toronto.
Recently, my sister-in-law proclaimed cooking in her Insignia air fryer was much easier than using an oven. She tends to salt n pepper her stories, so I had my doubts and wanted to try it out for myself. She offered up my 13-year-old nephews, Thomas and Henry, as guinea pigs. They LOVE Daisy's biscuits and they would definitely tell me if they're not up to scratch.
So, the big question is, can we attain the same level of deliciousness as oven baking AND save time by using an air fryer? Find out below!
The Perfect Recipe
Our famous Classic Buttermilk Biscuit is made with only local, all-natural ingredients, just like all of the dishes we offer at Lazy Daisy's.
The buttermilk biscuits are the base for every one of our award-winning breakfast sandwiches. These incredible breakfast options are stacked with everything from Mennonite smoked bacon, local eggs, and aged white cheddar to avocados, sliced tomatoes, and garlic mayo.
Our biscuits are also the base for lunchtime extravaganzas like The Mother Clucker, made with Daisy’s spicy fried chicken, grandma's bread n' butter pickles, and jalapeno cheese with honey butter.
Did you know Daisy’s buttermilk biscuits also rock five more exceptional flavours? Roasted Garlic & Asiago, Jalapeno & Three Cheese, Rosemary & Cheddar, and Apple & Cinnamon.
So, before you go putting any old buttermilk biscuit in the air fryer, consider the end result. If you want to achieve biscuit nirvana, then check out our biscuit partners' pages to learn where you'll find our buttermilk biscuits near you.
The Air Fryer Advantage
So, you've got the perfect buttermilk biscuit recipe in the form of Daisy's Bake-at-Home goodness, but what makes air fryers different from other forms of cooking?
Air Fryers are rumoured to be excellent for creating a crispy exterior while keeping the interior light and fluffy. The hot air circulating inside the air fryer cooks the biscuits evenly, ensuring a heavenly texture in every bite.
French fries, at their best, also have a lovely light golden brown exterior and a pillowy hot interior. So, I used the French fries setting for our buttermilk biscuit experiment.
Three Simple Steps to Biscuit Bliss
If we've converted you and you've decided to try our buttermilk biscuits in your air fryer, then here is the method I used to create the perfect air-fried buttermilk biscuit.
1. Brush the tops of frozen biscuits with an egg wash and then place them in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Make sure to leave a little space between each one. We found that six biscuits fit perfectly. Placing them evenly will help the biscuits brown, become crispy, and give them room to rise.
(My nephews, Thomas and Henry, helped me carry out this step. It's easy. They get to feel part of the process and it helps them stay off their glowing rectangle).
2. Place the basket in the air fryer and press the French fry setting. This cooks the biscuits @ 400°F.
3. Biscuits finish cooking on the French fry setting in 20 minutes. If you’re also cooking a side of bacon, use the second basket and press the ‘bacon’ button - tie one hand behind your back if you want more of a challenge.
That’s it! No mess, no fuss. Once the beeper sounds, remove them from the air fryer and serve them warm.
The Ultimate Taste Test with Thomas and Henry
Our biscuits looked perfect, but how would they taste? My nephews tucked into their breakfast sandwiches and gave them the thumbs up. No words were spoken as they were too busy eating! We’d say that’s a victory!
Final Thoughts on Air Fried Buttermilk Biscuits
Saving 10 minutes might not seem like a lot, but during the morning rush, 10 minutes might mean the difference between my nephs getting to school on time instead of being handed a late slip.
To be honest, the best part of serving up Daisy's' Bake-at-Home buttermilk biscuits was seeing how happy the boys were as they tucked in. I was pleased knowing they had enjoyed a hearty and healthy breakfast and they'd have the energy and nutrients they needed to have an awesome day.
Cooking buttermilk biscuits in an air fryer can be a game-changer if you want a quick and delicious breakfast, lunch, or snack. The air fryer proved it can produce golden, flaky biscuits with a perfectly crisp exterior and a tender, melt-in-your-mouth interior.
So why wait? Rev up your air fryer, stock up on Daisy's Bake-at-Home Buttermilk Biscuits, and prepare to impress your friends and family with your newfound 'culinary skills'.