Air Fryer Perfectly Toasted Bagels (a/k/a Toast, Butter, Toast, Butter) is a silly but really good way to make toast and bagels.
I think the year was 1973 and I was babysitting for a very young Jodi Goldberg (who now has grown children of her own (don’t I feel old)), who I just adored.
Air Fryer Perfectly Toasted Bagels (a/k/a Toast, Butter, Toast, Butter) totally brings me back to my Junior High years.
It was my Saturday night gig. Back then, we all had our Saturday night babysitting jobs. I made $1.00 an hour and that was after I had to be brave and ask Mrs. Goldberg for a raise from $.75 an hour.
Out of all the girls, I was chosen to be the spokes person and the first to make the request. Mrs. Goldberg was totally cool about it and I got that $.25 an hour raise.
Anyway, if memory serves, the Barnett boys were visiting and wanted some toast. Back then, you know, in the old days, we just had toasters, no fancy, schmancy toaster ovens or air fryers. The boys wanted some toast and wanted to show me the “right” way of toasting bread with butter.
Toast, butter, toast, butter, they said. I’ll tell you now, my dad was NOT happy that I learned this method and you will see why. Like the name says, Toast – put the bread in the toaster and push down the button.
Let it toast for just a few minutes and then manually, push up the leaver. Butter – spread a thin layer of butter on the bread. Toast – put that bread back into the toaster to finish toasting.
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Butter – apply one more layer of butter. This is where the problem lies. The butter would drip into the bottom of the toaster and cause a mess. Dad was not happy, as you can imagine!
You now have perfected toasted bread with some butter baked in and a layer of butter on the surface. You also need to buy a new toaster! Actually, now that I think about it, I’m not sure if we were at the Barnett’s house, or at the Goldberg’s house.
I use a 3.2 Quart GoWise USA Air Fryer, which I love and cooks very quickly and cooks both sides of whatever food is put into the basket, so you may need to adjust for other brands, as others I have tried, don’t cook as even or as fast.
Now that I have an air fryer, this method works great and without a mess.
Look at this bagel, with the butter/Ghee baked into it, in only three minutes.
Another layer of butter/Ghee and the bagel (or toast) is ready to eat.
My husband took a bite. He’s good like that.
Tell me, that doesn’t look delicious! It is slightly extra work, but it sure is worth the wait. Enjoy.
- GoWise USA 3.7 Quart Air Fryer
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Bellemain Porcelain Ramekins
- OXO Good Grips Cutting Board
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
- Butter or Ghee
- Slice Bagel in half and place into your Air Fryer.
- Set temperature to 370 degrees and bake for 3 minutes.
- Remove Bagel from Air Fryer and add a thin layer of butter.
- Please Bagel back into Air Fryer and toast/bake for 3 more minutes.
- Remove Bagel, add more butter and eat.