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Air-Fryer Tahitian Breakfast Treats

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + rising Cook: 10 min./batch


8 servings

In Tahiti, you'll often be served firi firi for breakfast. They are this delicious, light and airy breakfast breads that are similar to a donut. Instead of deep-frying them, they come out just as delicious in my air fryer. —Sue Falk, Sterling Heights, Michigan
Air-Fryer Tahitian Breakfast Treats Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm coconut milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted


  1. Add yeast to warm water and stir to dissolve; allow to sit until yeast has bubbled, 5-7 minutes. Add yeast mixture to warm coconut milk. In a large bowl, combine coconut, sugar, salt, yeast mixture and 1 cup flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough (dough will be sticky). Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
  2. Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into 8 portions. Roll each into a 12-in. rope. Curl ends in opposite directions to form a figure 8. Tuck each end under where it meets center of roll and pinch lightly to seal. Place 2 in. apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat air fryer to 325°. In batches, arrange in a single layer in greased air fryer. Cook until light brown, 7-10 minutes. Meanwhile, place sugar, cinnamon and ginger in a shallow bowl. Split vanilla bean lengthwise. Using the tip of a sharp knife, scrape seeds from the center; stir into sugar mixture. Brush warm pastries with melted butter; roll in sugar mixture to coat.
Air Fryer Cook Times
In our testing, we find cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we give wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts

1 pastry: 251 calories, 8g fat (6g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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