Air Fryer Persimmon Bread with Cranberries and Pecans

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Did you know you can make bread in the Air Fryer? Make this delicious holiday quick bread made with persimmons, cranberries, and pecan in the air fryer in a little over a half an hour!

A plate with slices of Persimmon Bread.

I love my air fryer.  I never thought I would but it’s one of those appliances that now has a permanent home on my counter because we use it every day. We use it for reheating food, cooking food from the freezer, and for making lunch and dinner.

One thing I haven’t done much of is bake in my air fryer.  I’ve made cinnamon rolls and tried a cookie recipe but that’s been about it.  I’ve been wanting to make more in it so this recipe for air fryer bread seemed like the perfect time to try it out.

I couldn’t wait to try this recipe out but I had one little problem.  The air fryer that the recipe talks about is the classic basket air fryer where you can just put the batter in the bottom as long as you have parchment in the bottom of the basket.


  • butter (I like to use salted in this recipe but it’s your call)
  • sugar
  • eggs (large and well beaten)
  • vanilla extract (use a good quality one made of vanilla beans and alcohol only)
  • flour (all-purpose flour is what I used but you can use part whole wheat and part all purpose)
  • ground cinnamon
  • baking soda (make sure it’s fresh, baking with old baking soda causes flat baked goods)
  • salt
  • Persimmons (I used Sweet Pumpkin Persimmons because that’s what I could find here.  You can use whatever kind you can find)
  • raisins
  • dried cranberries (I use craisins because they are a bit sweeter)
  • Pecans (Pecans are delicious in this recipe but if you have walnuts those will work too)

My air fryer is one with racks and you can’t put anything on the bottom of it because that’s where the heating elements are.  So I’ve written out the original directions and I gave directions for the rack air fryer as well. 

I tried the bread in a bread pan and while it worked I had to bake it for a long time.  I then tried it in an 8 x 8 baking dish and the baking time was only slightly longer than using a basket model. 

A loaf of Persimmon Bread

What can I substitute for the persimmons?

You can use 2 medium bananas in place of the persimmons but it will give the bread a different taste.  However, it has the same composition so the bread will turn out the same.

Can I use a pan in the bottom of a basket air fryer?

If you can fit a small cake pan in the bottom then you can use that.  However, only fill it about 2/3 of the way full so it doesn’t spill over.  Since the baskets are round a cake pan is the only thing that will fit in it.  You will probably need to bake the bread for an additional 5-10 minutes when using a pan.

Do I have to use nuts?

You do not have to add the nuts.  Nothing needs to be put in place of the nuts, you can just omit them.  If you don’t like pecans then you can substitute walnuts, hazelnuts, or macadamia nuts. 

How do I store the bread?

If you haven’t put the cream cheese icing on the bread then you can store it in an air tight container for up to 4 days at room temperature.  Once the cream cheese frosting has been put on the bread then you must store it in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up to 4 days.

Pin Image:  A plate with slices of Persimmon Bread, text title, a cutting board with all the ingredients on it.

To make the bread the persimmons are blended to a pulp.  They are similar to how bananas are mashed for banana bread.  This helps keep the bread moist.

Then I added in both raisins and craisins.  You can use one or the other but I liked the combination of the two of them.  Finally I added in the pecans to give the bread a little crunch.

Baking times will depend on your air fryer and whether you make it in a pan or in the bottom of the air fryer.  Bread made in the air fryer directly will cook faster than those cooked in a pan.

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My bread took about 15 minutes longer to bake because I used an air fryer with multiple racks and I baked it in a pan.  Just make sure to check that it is done.

Once it came up it looked and smelled amazing.  I was so excited to have made it in the air fryer.  Cool completely on a wire rack.

Finally, put on the cream cheese frosting.  It totally makes this bread.   In fact, adding the frosting makes it a cross between a breakfast bread and a tasty dessert bread. 

I loved that the bread was spiced and had all the flavors of cranberries, raisins, and persimmons mixed with the crunchy pecans.  It’s definitely a showstopping holiday bread.

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A plate with slices of Persimmon Bread.

Air Fryer Persimmon Bread

Yield: serves 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Make this delicious holiday quick bread made with persimmons, cranberries, and pecan in the air fryer in a little over a half an hour!


For the Bread:

  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 persimmons (enough to make 1 1/2 c. pulp)
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1/2 c. craisins
  • 1/2 c. pecans, chopped

For the frosting:

  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons cream cheese
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. If using the basket of an air fryer line it with parchment paper. If using a pan spray it with cooking spray.
  2. Preheat the Air Fryer to 330 degrees.
  3. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  5. Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
  6. Place the persimmons in a food processor and blend until smooth. Measure out 1 1/2 cups and add it to the bread mixture. Mix until just combined.
  7. Fold in the raisins, craisins, and pecans.
  8. Spoon the mixture into the air fryer on top of the parchment paper or pour it into your pan.
  9. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Check after 30 minutes then every 5 minutes after that.
  10. Remove the parchment paper or pan to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  11. To make the frosting place the cream cheese and butter in a bowl and mix on medium high speed until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla and mix for 2 minutes.
  12. Spread the frosting over top of the bread, slice, and enjoy.


Recipe adapted from Melissa's Produce

A loaf of persimmon bread frosted with cream cheese frosting.

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