Air Fryer Ultramel Scones

Ultramel scones are a South African treat made with Ultramel custard, creating a soft and flavorful pastry. Here’s a recipe for making Ultramel scones in an air fryer:


  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1 cup Ultramel custard (or any custard of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Milk (for brushing)
  • Icing sugar (for dusting, optional)


1. Preheat the Air Fryer:

Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (180°C).

2. Mix Dry Ingredients:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the self-rising flour and granulated sugar.

3. Add Butter:

Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture. Use your fingers or a pastry cutter to rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

4. Incorporate Custard:

Add the Ultramel custard and vanilla extract to the mixture. Stir until just combined. Do not overmix; the dough should be soft and slightly sticky.

5. Form Scones:

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently pat the dough into a circle about 1-inch thick.

Use a round cookie cutter to cut out scones from the dough.

6. Air Fry:

Place the scones in the preheated air fryer basket, leaving some space between them.

Air fry for approximately 8-10 minutes or until the scones are golden brown and cooked through.

7. Check for Doneness:

To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of a scone. If it comes out clean or with a few dry crumbs, the scones are ready.

8. Brush with Milk:

Just before the scones are done, brush the tops with a little milk to give them a glossy finish.

9. Cool and Dust (Optional):

Allow the scones to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. If desired, dust the tops with icing sugar before serving.

10. Enjoy:

Serve the Ultramel scones warm and enjoy the delightful combination of flaky pastry and sweet custard flavor.

Air frying Ultramel scones provides a quick and efficient way to enjoy this delicious South African treat. Adjust the cooking time based on your air fryer’s performance and keep an eye on the scones to prevent overcooking.

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