This air fryer fatias douradas recipe is a fresh take on a Portuguese favorite. Fatias Douradas are a quick and easy pastry to make at home and even more delicious in the air fryer.
The Story Behind Air Fryer Fatias Douradas
Since we arrived in Portugal, I have been taking Portuguese language classes. I didn’t think I would enjoy being in a class again, but I have been surprised with how much I enjoy learning something new. Halfway during every class, we take a cafe break and walk to the nearest cafe.
The Portuguese love their coffee and my classmates and teacher are usually there for a cup. Since I don’t drink coffee, I don’t usually get anything since I always have my water bottle. However, on occasion I will go in and grab a pastry.
As it neared closer to the Christmas season, I started noticing different pastries. One caught my eye one day, and I decided I was going to grab it the next class. It was a slice of golden bread covered in cinnamon sugar. I asked what it was and was told they are called “fatias douradas” which translates to “golden slice”.
During our next class, I ordered a slice and gobbled it right up. It was delicious and tasted just like french toast covered in cinnamon sugar. The only difference from typical french toast and fatias douradas is that it had been fried and served cold. I went home and told my husband about it and told him he had to try it too. On our next visit together to a cafe, we ordered a slice. It was equally delicious, but my only complaint was that it needed to be served warm.
This air fryer fatias douradas is exactly what I was envisioning. It still has the traditional Portuguese flavor, but made a little healthy in the air fryer. I even topped it with fresh whipped cream and raspberries. Honestly, I don’t know if the kids or I devoured it faster.
Ingredients for Air Fryer Fatias Douradas
I love that you only need 5 ingredients to air fryer fatias douradas. It’s extremely simple and so delicious!
- Texas Toast/Torradas- I think this recipe works great with a thick slice of bread like Texas Toast or Torradas if you live in Portugal. However, this recipe can also be made with thinner slices of bread., but it will be more “wet”.
- Eggs- I prefer to use more eggs in this recipe than a typical french toast recipe because a traditional fatia dourada has an eggy texture and taste.
- Milk- Typically, I use whole milk and highly suggest using whole milk. The lighter in fat your milk is the more watery it will taste.
- Cinnamon- Honestly, you can use as much cinnamon as you prefer.
- Sugar- I use granulated sugar in this recipe, and it gives such a great texture when finished.
Additional Recipes You Will Enjoy
- Cinnamon Crumb Muffins
- Blueberry Banana Muffins
- Lemon Blueberry Croissant French Toast
- Croissant Pudding
Air Fryer Fatias Douradas
- 9 slices texas toast, torradas
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
For the Cinnamon Sugar
- 1½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- In a large flat bottom bowl, large enough to dip your slice of bread, whisk 3 eggs together.
- Once the eggs are whisked well, whisk in the milk until well combined.
- In a separate flat bottom bowled, mix together your cinnamon and sugar.
- Dip your bread quickly into the milk and egg mixture covering bowl sides. I prefer to dip quickly, so it doesn't get soaked.
- Immediately, dip the wet bread into the cinnamon sugar mixture making sure to flip it so both sides are covered in cinnamon sugar.
- Cook in the air fryer for 5-7 minutes 200° celsius or about 400° degrees fahrenheit. Remove from air fryer once the cinnamon sugar is crisp.
- Serve with fresh whipped cream and berries.