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Before we started eating healthy, we ate a ridiculous amount of fried foods. Now, that really only happens when we have the occasionally fast food stop, which again, is rare. Just because it doesn’t happen often, doesn’t mean that we don’t miss it. Trust me, we do. Before learning about Avalon Bay, I didn’t even know that Air Fryer’s existed, but now that I’m in the know, I had to share this with you.
Almost anything that you would typically put inside a fryer, you can put inside of the Avalon Bay Air Fryer. It makes for crispy chicken nuggets and fries, without the added grease and fat that you get from frying in a oil. But additionally, you can use it as an amazing little oven and that’s just what I did to make these incredible mini Nutella Apple Pies.
Makes 6 pies in ramekins
4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
Juice and zest from 1 lemon
2 1/2 tbsp organic sugar
2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup Nutella
1 egg, beaten
cinnamon and sugar spice mix, divided
In a bowl, combine the first three ingredients well. Then, using your hands or pastry blender, add the butter into pea sized pieces form (this shouldn’t take longer than 5 minutes). Drizzle in 4 tablespoons of ice water and mix until dough comes together. DO NOT OVERWORK YOUR DOUGH. If needed add the last tablespoon of water. Form dough into a flat disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
While that is chilling, in a mixing bowl, combine all the filling ingredients except for the cinnamon and sugar spice mix. Stir together until well combined. Set aside until ready.
Sprinkle flour on a flat surface and roll out the pie dough until it’s about 1/2 inch thick. Press the ramekin in the dough lightly and using a pairing knife, cut out circles. You should have enough dough for 12 circles.* Place one circle of dough into the bottom of each ramekin and press up the sides of the dish. Evenly divide the mixture between the six ramekins. Top the mixture with a few small dots of butter. Top with the other dough circle and seal the sides. Using a pairing knife, gently cut 3 slits in the top, brush with an egg wash, and sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar spice mix.
Turn the dial to 350 degrees F on the Air Fryer** and cook for 30 minutes or until tops are crispy and golden brown.
*You may have to re-roll the dough to get the 12 circles.
**If you do not have an Avalon Bay Air Fryer, go buy one! In the meantime, you can cook these in a traditional oven at 350 degrees F for 35-45 minutes.
So what were my thoughts about the Avalon Bay Air Fryer?
Right off the bat, I was excited at how easy it was to use and operate. Everything is already set up for you right out of the box, just wash, and plug in, and it’s ready to use! I love not having to wait for my oven to preheat to cook something. As soon as you turn the dial to the desire temperature, the Air Fryer is ready to go. It also cooked much faster than the same food I cooked in the traditional oven. I also loved that it turns off automatically when the timer is finished. No worrying that the heat is still running. Speaking of it, as a mom of a small chid, it was great that the machine itself didn’t get overly hot. Lastly, one of the best pros is that the basket and tray are dishwasher safe!
Cons – I haven’t honestly had time to plan around with it for a lot of different foods, but I do have two complaints. One, I wish the basket was a little bit bigger. I was only able to fit two ramekins inside at a time and I know that’s because I was using a dish and it’s better when you can just dump everything in a basket; however, I wish it was big enough to at least fit four. On that same note, I’m not entirely sure I’d love the size of the air fryer like I do if it had to be made bigger. Two, I really wish the cord was retractable. I hate cords and just feel like this would really help. Lastly, I was scared to use anything with even a little oil because I didn’t feel like the manual explain that very well.
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Want even more ideas to cook in the Avalon Bay Air Fryer? Check out these 9 awesome recipes made in the new Avalon Bay Air Fryer from these food blogger friends of mine!
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