Air-fried milk

Air-fried milk

This simple treat made in an air fryer pays homage to fried milk, a popular Chinese dessert. It’s also comparable to the deep-fried custard known as “crema fritta” in Italy, the traditional milk tart known as “milktert” in South Africa, and the Spanish variation known as “leche frita.” This sugar-dusted, cinnamon-flavored delight is crispy on the top and soft and custard-like on the inside. It will quickly become a favourite recipe.


  1. 1.2 litres of milk
  2. Two cinnamon sticks
  3. two lemon rind strips
  4. Four eggs
  5. two yolks from eggs
  6. 215g (one cup) caster sugar
  7. 140g (1 cup) cornflour
  8. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 120g (3/4 cup) lard
  10. Cinnamon sugar, to sprinkle


Step One

Grease and place baking paper inside a 20 x 30 cm Lamington pan.
Step Two
In a medium saucepan, combine 1.2L milk, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 2 strips of lemon rind. Heat the mixture to a simmer over medium heat.

Step Three
In a large bowl, whisk together 4 eggs, 2 egg yolks, 140g (1 cup) cornflour, 215g (1 cup) caster sugar, and 2 tsp vanilla essence until thoroughly blended. Over the egg mixture, strain the milk mixture and stir to incorporate. Throw away the rind and cinnamon sticks.

Step Four

Put the milk mixture back in the medium pot that you cleaned. Cook for 5 minutes, or until mixture bubbles and thickens, over medium-low heat, stirring regularly (see note).
Step Five
Fill prepared pan with milk mixture; smooth top. Allow it cool fully, then refrigerate for three hours or until solid.

Step Six:

Transfer the milk mixture to a cutting board. In squares of 3.5 cm, cut. Coat each square in 120g (3/4 cup) plain flour, shaking off excess.
Step Seven:
Spray the basket of an air fryer with oil. Add some milk squares to fryer and spray with oil. Cook on 200C for 10 minutes or until golden. Repeat with remaining milk squares.

Step Eight:

Before serving, dust the milk squares with cinnamon sugar.

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