What to Make With Leftover Puff Pastry? Quick Air Fryer Dessert Banana-Cinnamon Puffs
These Banana-Cinnamon Puffs are incredibly good and easy. You need only a few ingredients to make them, and the puffs air fry in 10-15 minutes. The puffs look--and taste--like you slaved over a fancy dessert, even when you didn't. The sugar in the bananas intensifies/caramelizes in the air fryer, and a little cinnamon and sugar further intensifies the bananas' flavor. You can top the puffs with walnuts for extra crunch and taste, but the nuts aren't necessary. The puffs are great "as is," warm from the air fryer, but a scoop of vanilla ice cream served alongside them makes the puffs extra-special and "company worthy." Enjoy!
Quick Air Fryer Banana-Cinnamon Puffs -- Makes 4
2 large bananas, cut into halves, crosswise (for 4 pieces)
4 small, 4-inch x 4-inch puff pastry squares (approximately--you can cut them from a
larger sheet of thawed puff pastry)
2 tablespoons of sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
2 tablespoons of chopped or broken walnuts, optional
Cut small pieces of baking parchment to fit your air fryer basket. Place one banana half diagonally across each puff pastry square and sprinkle each banana/square with about a teaspoon of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. For each pastry square, bring two of the opposite corners up to meet over the banana, swaddling the banana in the pastry. Brush a little water over the top of the pastry to help seal the ends and moisten the top of the pastry. Sprinkle some of the remaining sugar over each of he pastry bundles. Sprinkle a half tablespoon of the walnuts over each bundle, if you're using the walnuts. Spritz the tops of the sugar-coated pastry bundles with non-stick cooking spray. Place the bundles on the baking parchment, leaving at least an inch or two in between each bundle (they'll puff). If you have a small air fryer, you'll need to cook the puffs in batches. Air fry the bundles at 360 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until the puff pastry in golden and the bananas are caramelized and oozing a bit. Remove the puffs from the air fryer and let them cool a little before serving them warm. If you need to repeat the cooking process with the remaining puffs, you can do so while the first batch cools.