We all love scones, right? They’re light and fluffy, and when you top them with jam and cream, they’re absolutely perfection. These air-fryer scones make them easier to make, and even easier to eat.
While I love nothing more than a traditional scone cooked in the oven, there’s something so very modern and easy about whipping up air-fryer scones (it almost feels like cheating), which is why I know you’re going to love this recipe.
When I get to a ripe old age, say around 80, I hope I spend my days playing with puppies (or grandkids!) and eating scones. Scones are joy. That warmth. The cream. The jam. Heaven.
The trick here is these aren’t just any old scone, they’re air-fryer scones. The air-fryer is probably the most over-used appliance in our house. It does everything. So it made sense to make these in the air fryer, instead of putting the oven on.
Tips for making air-fryer scones
- Old school lemonade works best. While lemonade like Sprite works perfectly fine in this recipe, I prefer an old school style lemonade better. My favourite is Kirks Lemonade.
- Let the scones hug each other. When placing your scones into the air-fryer basket, it’s OK for them to touch them each other, and no need to stress about spacing them out. Even when cooking them in the oven, with loads of space, I always made sure they’re all grouped together. They just bake better.
- Eat scones while still warm. Scones are best eaten while warm. You can warm them up again the air-fryer if needed.
- Line the air-fryer basket. You can buy liners for the air-fryer basket, but you can simply place baking paper in the bottom as well.
- Keep an eye during the first cook. Every air-fryer is created different. I suggest keeping an eye on them as they cook for the first time, so you can adjust the temperature or cook time and avoid burnt scones.
Your Air-Fryer Scones Questions Answered
How long should you cook scones in the air-fryer? It will completely depend on your air-fryer, and also how big you make your scones. Generally they’ll take between 15 and 20 minutes.
What temperature should you cook your scones in the air-fryer? I bake mine at 180ºC and that’s the perfect temperature for cooking scones. If your air-fryer tends to cook quickly, which means you’ll have a raw scone inside, cook for longer at 160ºC.
What’s the best air-fryer for families? When I find something that works for our family, I stick to it. I use the Phillips XL Air-fryer, and this is actually the second one I’ve owned. We use it everyday. For me, it’s the easiest to use – because I want my kids to be able to use it too, and it cooks the most consistently. It sells for around $279 and is one of the best on the market. For my Aussie friends, they sell them at Big W too.
If you use your air-fryer a lot, I find that using a basket liner saves on cleaning, and extends the life of your air-fryer basket. The silicon liners ($19.95 for 4) can be used over and over, and are easy to wash. Or these disposable paper liners also work well ($16.99 for 100 liners), you can recycle the paper afterwards.
Topping ideas for air-fryer scones
While I think scones are best teamed with jam and cream (in that order, always) there are loads of variations for toppings, including:
- Cream and jam
- Lemon curd and cream
- Butter and jam
- Blueberries and maple syrup
- Bananas and cream, with a drizzle of caramel
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