Danishes are a great dessert to have, but if you are not up for all the fancy fillings, a simple recipe to try is our Air Fryer Nutella and Banana Danish.
Puff pastry, Nutella and banana’s are always in our house, and when I am looking for something quick to make for the kids to eat when they get home from school or something for after dinner, this recipe works a treat.
And yes, you read right; you can make this in your air fryer, and it only takes 10 minutes to cook.
How to make Air Fryer Nutella and Banana Danish in your air fryer.
It is super easy, and with only four ingredients needed, it makes it even better.
To make this, you will need:
- Puff Pastry
Allow your frozen pastry sheets to thaw out. Once thawed, score the pastry into three sections using a ruler or a cake scraper.
Starting from the bottom of the pastry sheet, go up about 3 to 4 cm. Then from one of the score lines (I usually start from the right side), score down to the bottom corner.
Your score line should be on an angle as you are making the parts that cross over the top of the filling.
Continue doing this right up to the top of the pastry, making each section around 1 cm in thickness. And once you reach the top of the middle scoreline, stop.
Then repeat for the other side.
*TIP: I like to use my cake scraper as a guide to get the opposite side the same.
You will find you will have a large triangle at the bottom, and at the top, these parts get removed. You can also cut out the bottom triangles before scoring the side panels of the pastry, just like I have in the pictures below.
Using a knife or scissors, cut the angled score lines only as far as the middle scoreline.
You will cut away the top triangles once you reach the top, but you will need to cut out the bottom ones but cutting along the middle score lines till you get to the first point.
Your pastry should now look like a feathered arrow.
Now it’s time to do the filling. Spread the Nutella in the middle section of the pastry.
Leave a centimetre from the top free of Nutella and the bottom section. And only spread as far as your score lines at the side.
Cut your banana into thin slices, then line the top of the Nutella with a layer of banana slices.
Do a second layer of banana slices, covering the gaps where you can see Nutella.
Here comes the fun part. It may seem tricky, but it is pretty simple to do.
Fold the top part of the middle over your filling and press down at the sides. This will overlap the strips that you have cut. Cut the first strip off the top of each side.
Starting from whichever side you feel comfortable, fold one strip over the filling, stretching it across to the next one down on the opposite side and press into place.
Then repeat on the opposite side, repeating down, alternating between the left and right side, kind of like lacing sneakers but downwards instead of upwards.
Once you have reached the last two strips, stop.
Cutaway about 1 to 1 and ½ cm of the bottom flap, then fold that up and over the filling.
Then continue to fold the second last strips the same as before, and with the previous two, fold them straight across the bottom and press to the sides.
Cooking the danish
Preheat your air fryer at 180°C on the manual mode setting for about 2 minutes.
While it is preheating, whisk one egg and baste the top of your danish. Doing this will help it to go a nice golden brown.
Once your air fryer has preheated, coat the bottom of the basket with non-stick cooking spray. Place the danish into the basket and cook for 10 minutes at 180°C on the manual mode setting.
Once your Nutella and banana danish is cooked, cool for about a minute, remove and place on a cooling rack.
Melt some Nutella in a heatproof bowl in the microwave. Do this at 10 to 20-second increments, stirring between each one until the Nutella reaches the consistency of melted chocolate.
Pour the melted Nutella into a ziplock or small piping bag. Cut the end to create a small hole and pipe the Nutella over the top of the danish in a zigzag motion.
Add a small amount of icing sugar to a sifter and sift lightly over the danish.
Serve with a scoop of ice cream or on its own.
How long do the air fryer Nutella and banana danish last?
I have found with this recipe that it is best on the same day. Right after it is baked is even better.
If you have to store it, do so in an airtight container and the fridge for one day.
But, it will lose its crispy texture.
Air Fryer Nutella and Banana Danish
- 2 Sheets, Puff Pastry
- 2 Large Bananas
- 500 g Nutella
- 1 Egg
- Thaw pastry (if frozen) and put on a sheet of baking paper.
- Score into three equal sections. Starting about 3 to 4 cm from the bottom, score and cut the side panels on an angle making 1 to 1½ cm strips.
- Cut and remove the two bottom triangles and the two top triangles.
- Spread about 200 g of Nutella on the middle panel, starting 1 cm from the top down to the last bottom strips at the side. The bottom 3 to 4 cm should also be free from Nutella.
- Thinly slice the banana and lay one layer over the top of Nutella. Then add a second layer of banana over the first just covering where you can see Nutella.
- Fold the top over the filling and press into place, cut away the first two top strip.
- Starting from the top, cross over each strip to the opposite side and one down. Press into place. Repeat, alternating from side to side, forming a crisscross pattern. Stop once you have reached the last 4.
- Cut about half of the bottom middle panel away, then fold that over the filling. Crisscross the first two strips over that, and then the last two go straight across
- Preheat the air fryer for 2 minutes at 180°C on the Manual mode setting.
- Whisk the egg and baste the danish
- Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with non-stick cooking spray, place the danish in the air fryer and cook at 180°C for 10 minutes on the Manual setting.
- Allow to stand for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- Melt 100g of Nutella in the microwave till it resembles melted chocolate. Add to a piping bag, cut off a small amount of the tip and pipe over the top of the danish in a zigzag motion.