How To Make Traditional Spanish Desserts In Your Air Fryer

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Welcome to the world of traditional Spanish desserts made easy with your air fryer!

Get ready to enjoy Spanish cuisine with crispy churros, creamy flan,torrijas and Spanish Almond Cake.

Whether you’re an experienced cook or just love easy dessert recipes, I’ll help you bring the flavours of Spain into your home.

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Classic Spanish Desserts Adapted for Air Fryer

The air fryer opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to recreating classic Spanish desserts.

These air fryer recipes can now be made with less oil and in a fraction of the time, while still keeping their authentic flavours and textures.

1. Churros

Churros are a Spanish treat, often enjoyed for breakfast or as a snack. These air-fried dough sticks are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and are delicious with a cup of hot chocolate.

2. Creme Caramel Flan

Known for its smooth and creamy texture, this flan is a timeless Spanish dessert.

Prepare the silky custard mixture, pour it into individual ramekins, and let the air fryer work its magic.

The result? A heavenly flan with a caramelized top that will melt in your mouth.

3. Torrijas

Like French toast, Torrijas are a popular Spanish dessert typically enjoyed during Easter.

Made with stale bread soaked in a mixture of milk, eggs, and spices, torrijas are then fried to golden perfection.

4. Spanish Almond Cake / Tarta de Santiago

Originating from the region of Galicia, this almond cake is a true Spanish classic.

By using the air fryer, you can achieve a moist and almond-rich cake with a golden crust.

Air Fryer Spanish Desserts

Easy Air Fryer Churros

air fryer churros

Ingredients

Makes approx 8

The ingredients for Air Fryer Spanish Churros are similar to the traditional recipe, but you can use these substitutions if you prefer to make them healthier.

Instead of using sugar, natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup can be used.

The flour-to-water ratio is important to get the right consistency of dough.

Spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg can be added to enhance the flavour.

Instead of using oil for frying, cooking spray can be used to reduce the fat content.

  • 240ml water
  • 5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 190g granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 120g plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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How To Make Air Fryer Spanish Churros

Dough Preparation

Place the water, butter, 3 tablespoons of sugar, and a pinch of salt into a small saucepan.

Over medium heat bring to a boil.

Once the mixture is boiling, reduce the heat to low.

Add the flour gradually, stirring constantly until the mixture becomes smooth and forms a dough-like consistency.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and transfer the dough to a large bowl. Let it cool for about 5 minutes.

Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the dough. Beat the mixture until all the ingredients are fully combined.

With cooking spray, spray a tray that will fit in your refrigerator.

Transfer the dough to a piping bag with a star tip or a large resealable plastic bag with one of the corners cut off.

Pipe the churros into 4-inch pieces.

Pipe the churro dough onto the tray, using scissors or a paring knife to cut each piece from the piping bag.

Place the tray in the refrigerator for 1 hour to allow the churros to set.

Preheat the air fryer to 200C / 400F for 8 minutes.

Once preheated carefully transfer the churros from the tray and place them into the air fryer.

Be sure to leave space between each churro. Spray with cooking oil.

Air Fry at 200C / 400F, and cook for 15 minutes.

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

In a large bowl, mix the ground cinnamon with the remaining sugar.

Once the churros have finished cooking, carefully remove the basket from the air fryer.

Spray the cooked churros with nonstick cooking spray and toss them in the cinnamon sugar mixture until they are evenly coated.

FAQs

Yes, while plain flour is commonly used, you can also try using other types of flour like whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour. However, the texture and taste may vary slightly.

You can prepare the dough in advance and freeze it. When you’re ready to make churros, simply thaw the dough in the refrigerator and follow the remaining steps.

Absolutely! If you prefer the traditional deep-fried method, you can heat oil in a deep pan and fry the churros until they turn golden brown. Just be careful handling hot oil.

Churros are delicious on their own, or you can serve them with chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, or even a scoop of ice cream.

Best enjoyed immediately after cooking. However, if you have leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1-2 days. Reheating them in an air fryer will restore their crispiness.

Air Fryer Creme Caramel

spanish creme caramel

What Is Air Fryer Creme Caramel (Spanish Flan)?

It consists of a velvety smooth custard, known as flan, topped with a layer of caramel sauce.

Traditionally, this dessert is baked in the oven using a water bath to achieve its signature texture.

Ingredients

  • 200g granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Water, for the air fryer’s water bath

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How to Make Air Fryer Creme Caramel

Preparing The Caramel

  1. Start by placing a saucepan over medium heat and adding the granulated sugar.
  2. Stir the sugar constantly until it melts and turns into a golden-brown caramel.
  3. Once the caramel is ready, carefully pour it into individual ramekins, ensuring the bottom is evenly coated. Set aside and let the caramel cool and harden.

Creating the Flan Mixture

  1. In a mixing bowl, crack the eggs and whisk them until well beaten.
  2. Add the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Whisk the mixture thoroughly until all the ingredients are well combined and the mixture is smooth.

Assembling and Cooking the Flan

  1. Gently pour the flan mixture into each caramel-coated ramekin, filling them about three-quarters of the way.
  2. Cover each ramekin with aluminium foil, ensuring it’s tightly sealed.
  3. Preheat your air fryer to 160C / 320F.
  4. Place the ramekins into the air fryer’s empty basket, making sure they’re spaced apart.
  5. Fill the air fryer basket with water, being cautious not to let any water get into the flan mixture.
  6. Cook the flan for approximately 30-35 minutes or until the custard is set around the edges but slightly jiggly in the centre.
  7. Once cooked, carefully remove the ramekins from the air fryer and let them cool to room temperature.

Serving Your Air Fryer Creme Caramel

After the flan has cooled, refrigerate it for at least 4 hours or overnight to allow it to fully set.

When you’re ready to serve, follow these simple steps:

  1. Take a butter knife and gently run it around the edges of the ramekin to loosen the flan.
  2. Place a serving plate on top of the ramekin, then quickly flip it over, allowing the flan to release onto the plate.
  3. Gently lift the ramekin, revealing the caramel-coated flan.

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Air Fryer Torrijas

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What Are Torrijas?

Torrijas are a popular Spanish dessert made from day-old bread soaked in sweetened milk, infused with aromatic spices, and fried until golden brown.

The result is a soft and creamy interior with a delicious crispy exterior.

Traditionally, Torrijas were prepared as a way to repurpose stale bread and were often consumed during Lent.

Over time, they have become a dessert enjoyed by people worldwide.

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 10 thick slices of day-old bread ( brioche or white bread)
  • 500ml whole milk
  • 50g granulated sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • peel of 1 lemon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • olive oil spray

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How To Make Air Fryer Torrijas

Prepare the Milk Mixture

In a saucepan, combine the milk, granulated sugar, cinnamon stick, and lemon peel.

Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer.

Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar and infuse the flavours of cinnamon and lemon into the milk.

Once simmering, remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.

Soaking the Bread Slices

Dip each slice of bread into the milk mixture, ensuring that both sides are thoroughly coated.

Let the bread soak for approximately 30 seconds on each side, allowing it to absorb the flavours of the milk.

Prepare the Egg Mixture

In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs until well beaten. Add the ground cinnamon and continue whisking until the mixture is combined.

Coat the Bread with the Egg Mixture

One by one, transfer the soaked bread slices to the egg mixture, making sure they are fully coated on both sides. Allow any excess mixture to drip off.

Air Fry the Torrijas

Preheat your air fryer to 170C / 340F.

Lightly spray the air fryer basket with olive oil to prevent sticking.

Arrange the coated bread slices in a single layer inside the air fryer basket, ensuring they do not overlap.

Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the Torrijas in batches.

Air Fryer Torrijas Cooking Time

Place the basket in the air fryer and air fry the Torrijas for approximately 6-8 minutes, turn them halfway through the cooking time.

Serve and Enjoy

Once the Torrijas are cooked, remove them from the air fryer and let them cool for a few minutes.

Dust them with icing sugar, drizzle with honey or maple syrup, or serve them with a side of your favourite fruit or fruit puree.

The options are endless! Torrijas are best enjoyed fresh and warm.

Air Fryer Torrijas Alternatives

a) Citrus Twist

Add a burst of citrus flavour by grating orange zest into the milk mixture. The zestiness of the orange will complement the sweetness of the dessert.

b) Spiced Delight

Consider adding a pinch of nutmeg or cardamom to the milk mixture, providing a delightful twist to the traditional recipe.

c) Sweet Accompaniments

Pair your Torrijas with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, or a drizzle of chocolate sauce for an indulgent dessert experience that will leave everyone craving more.

Air Fryer Spanish Almond Cake

Tarta de Santiago / St.James’ Cake

Air Fryer Tarta de Santiago

What is Spanish Almond Cake /Tarta de Santiago?

Tarta de Santiago is a Spanish dessert that has been enjoyed for centuries.

It is particularly popular during the festival of St. James, the patron saint of Spain, hence the name “Tarta de Santiago.”

This Spanish dessert originated in Galicia (Northern Spain).

The cake has a dense texture, with a nutty and slightly sweet flavour that comes from the almonds.

Tarta de Santiago is often served dusted with icing sugar and the iconic cross of St. James.

Ingredients (Gluten Free)

6 Servings

  • 3 medium eggs
  • 130g granulated sugar 
  • Icing sugar for dusting
  • 130g ground almonds 
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon 

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Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, add the ground almonds and sugar.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until well combined and slightly frothy.
  3. Gradually add the beaten eggs to the almond-sugar mixture, stirring gently.
  4. Add the lemon zest to the batter, and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Preheat your air fryer to 160C / 320F for approximately 5 minutes.
  6. Grease a cake tin suitable for your air fryer with cooking spray.
  7. Pour the batter into the greased cake pan, spreading it evenly.
  8. Place the cake tin in the preheated air fryer basket.
  9. Set the air fryer to 160C / 320F and air fry for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  10. Once the cake is done, carefully remove the tin from the air fryer using oven mitts or tongs.
  11. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Once the cake has cooled, dust it generously with icing sugar.
  13. Serve your Air Fryer Tarta de Santiago with a sprinkle of extra lemon zest and enjoy!

Tips for Making the Perfect Air Fryer Spanish Almond Cake

  • Ensure the ground almonds are finely ground to achieve a smooth texture in the cake.
  • Use fresh and high-quality eggs for the best results.
  • Preheating the air fryer ensures even baking and a beautiful golden crust.
  • Grease the cake pan thoroughly to prevent sticking.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before dusting it with icing sugar.

Serving and Storage Suggestions

Air Fryer Spanish almond cake is best enjoyed when served slightly warm or at room temperature.

Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days or refrigerated for up to a week.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Yes, you can use almond flour as a substitute for ground almonds in this recipe. However, keep in mind that almond flour is typically finer, so the texture of the cake may differ slightly.

You can freeze the cake for up to three months. Ensure it’s well-wrapped to prevent freezer burn. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

While sugar is traditionally used in Spanish Almond Cake, you can experiment with alternative sweeteners. The taste and texture of the cake may vary slightly.

Yes, you can double the ingredients to make a larger cake. Adjust the cooking time accordingly and monitor the cake’s doneness using a toothpick.

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