Custard filling

Custard filling

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins

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Makes about 900g (45g filling each for 20 doughnuts)

A thick and creamy vanilla custard, perfect for piping into plump doughnuts or featherlight eclairs

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per 45g

  • kcal132
  • fat8g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.1g


  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 500ml full-fat milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 125g golden caster sugar, plus an extra 2 tbsp
  • 80g plain flour
  • 200ml double cream


  1. Slit the vanilla pod open lengthways and scrape out the seeds. Put both pod and seeds into a heavy-based saucepan with the milk and bring slowly to the boil, to infuse the vanilla.

  2. Meanwhile put the egg yolks and the 125g sugar in a bowl and mix together for a few secs, then add in the flour and mix again.

  3. Pour the just-boiling milk over the yolk mixture, whisking constantly to prevent curdling, then return the mixture to the saucepan. Cook over a medium heat, whisking constantly, for about 10 mins until very thick

  4. Pass through a fine sieve, discarding the vanilla, and place a sheet of cling film on the surface of the custard to prevent a skin forming. Leave to cool, then chill in the fridge.

  5. Whip the cream and the 2 tbsp sugar together until thick but not overwhipped, fold into the chilled custard. You can now scoop the the custard into a piping bag and use it as the filling in Justin's doughnut recipe.


    Try different flavours...

    Brown sugar: Replace the caster sugar with half soft dark brown sugar and half light brown sugar. You can add chopped stem ginger to the finished custard, or some hazelnut praline. Finish with half the quantity of cream.

    Chocolate: Whisk 150g dark (70%) chocolate into the milk. Finish with half the cream.

    Coffee: Add 4 tbsp of freshly ground strong coffee to the milk.

    Malt & vanilla: Mix 2 tbsp of powdered malt into the sugar, and 2 tbsp of liquid malt into the milk.

    Saffron: Add a good pinch of saffron to the milk. Finish with half the quantity of cream.

    Violet custard: Add 3 tsp of violet extract and 3 tbsp of violet liqueur to the finished custard. Sprinkle sugared violets and crushed Parma Violet sweets over the top of the filled doughnuts.


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S Ainsworth's picture
S Ainsworth
14th Mar, 2020
Gorgeous recipe thank you! Delicious with the doughnuts . I added 300ml of whipped cream another time less dense custard for apple pie. Yummy !! ☺️
Z LH's picture
10th Aug, 2019
Hi good day. I want to ask, will the cream melt overtime?
goodfoodteam's picture
13th Aug, 2019
Thanks for your question. The custard and cream filling will hold sufficiently but they are best eaten fresh on the day in order to be at their freshest and so that the filling doesn't soak through the dough too much.
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