Saffron Airfryer Doughnuts (spelt or regular flour)

Saffron Airfryer Doughnuts (spelt or regular flour)


Look at the pretty yellow of these saffron Airfryer doughnuts. How gorgeous are they? Regular readers of my first blog, The Culinary Jumble, will be familiar with my doughnuts. Very special doughnuts, they are, too. Made in an Actifry, of all things.

When my ancient model began to no longer work efficiently, I decided to go for an Airfryer instead. So far, so good. I like it. I wish I’d bought the bigger size, but on the whole, it works well. And when it comes to making doughnuts, it already feels way superior to the Actifry. 


Saffron Airfryer Doughnuts (spelt or regular flour)


These soft, squidgy saffron Airfryer doughuts can be made with spelt or regular flour. I’ve used both and as I regularly say, spelt flour is so amazingly simple to use in place of regular flour. The unmistakable hint of saffron gives an exotic edge to the flavour that is irresistible. 

Saffron is used a lot in Sweden at this time of year, leading up to Christmas. The most famous saffron baked treats are Lussekatter (Lucia cats) but I’ve made everything from saffron & pistachio snap cookies to super fragrant saffron cupcakes.

If you’ve never used saffron in baking before, be a dare devil. You won’t be disappointed. 

Saffron Airfryer Doughnuts

These pretty saffron Airfryer doughnuts will wow your guests at Christmas time. The spelt flour and reduced fat makes these a healthier alternative.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Swedish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes



  • 1 small egg
  • 25g butter
  • 125ml milk
  • 190g spelt flour (see note 1)
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 30g sugar
  • ½g ground saffron
  • vegetable oil (for coating before cooking)
  • icing sugar (for dusting)


  • Add all the dough ingredients (wet first, then dry) to your bread machine and as per manufacturer’s instructions, set the machine to make dough.
  • On a floured surface (the dough will be sticky), divide the dough into 6-8 roughly equal amounts. Take each one, roll into a ball and place on a tray lined with baking paper. Allow for space between them.
  • Let the dough rest, covered with a tea towel, in a warm place for around 30 minutes. Preheat your Airfryer and line the basket with either foil or baking paper (the dough sticks to the basket if you don't).
  • Carefully brush vegetable oil all over the dough balls. Add the doughnuts to the Airfyer and cook for about 3-4 minutes before turning and cooking for a further couple of minutes. The doughnuts are ready when they are light brown all over. Depending on how large your Airfryer is, you may need to cook them in batches - you need to leave a little space in between because they will spread out and rise.
  • When ready, allow the doughnuts to cool a while then cover them in icing sugar. Alternatively, melt a little butter and brush over the doughnuts, then sprinkle some regular sugar over. Enjoy them a little warm for the best taste experience!


PLEASE NOTE: although these taste amazing, you simply cannot reproduce the effect of being deep fried by using an Actifry or Airfryer, and will never taste exactly like a "real" doughnut. Additionally, this recipe has been devised for a bread machine and the results cannot be guaranteed if they are made by hand.
  1. You can use regular flour for this recipe, too. 
  2. This recipe has been devised for a bread machine. You could make the dough by hand although results cannot be guaranteed.
  3. I use grams in my recipes as weighing ingredients is the most accurate method. However, if cups are your thing, you can convert my measurements at Cook it Simply.


Saffron Airfryer Doughnuts (spelt or regular flour)

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