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Fresh Vanilla Bean Custard Doughnuts and Raspberry Jam Dougnuts
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Vanilla Bean Custard Doughnuts

Freshly fried Vanilla Bean Custard Doughnuts are way better than store bought. Find out how to make them below
Prep Time3 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: British
Diet: Vegetarian
Servings: 12 doughnuts
Calories: 225.61kcal


For the doughnut dough

For frying

For dusting

For the custard


To make the dough

  • Heat the milk until warm to the touch and add the quick action yeast with a tsp of sugar.
  • Whisk well and leave for 15 minutes until the yeast has activated and a froth has formed on top of the milk.
  • Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and make a well in the middle. pour in the melted butter and eggs (beaten) followed by the activated yeast and milk.
  • Stir together until a wet sticky dough has formed.
  • Let this sticky dough rest for 10 minutes.
  • Lightly oil your hands and work surface.
  • Tip the dough out on to the work surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
  • Transfer the dough into a new, lightly oiled bowl and let prove for 2 hours or until it has doubled in size.

To make the custard

  • Put the egg yolk in a saucepan with the cornflour, sugar and seeds from the vanilla pod.
  • Whisk them together lightly before turning on the heat to low.
  • Slowly add the milk stirring constantly on a low heat.
  • Cook like this for roughly 5-8 minutes or until it is smooth, thick and glossy.
  • Remove the custard from the heat and allow to cool completely.

To shape and fry the doughnuts

  • Next, cut the dough into 10-12 balls just smaller than a tennis ball.
  • Knead for a further 5 to 10 minutes and shape into circular disks.
  • Place these on a lightly oiled plate and let rise again for a further 45 minutes or until doubled in size again.
  • Heat your oil to 160C.
  • Once the temperature has been reached, fry each doughnut for 2 minutes on each side until crisp and golden.
  • Turn the doughnuts out on to kitchen roll to remove excess oil then roll in caster sugar and place to one side to cool down.
  • Repeat until all of the doughnuts have been cooked and coated in sugar.

To fill the doughnuts

  • Once the custard and doughnuts are both cool, fill an icing bag complete with bismark nozzle with the custard.
  • Push the nozzle deep into the doughnuts and fill generously with custard.
  • These are best eaten while fresh so try to enjoy within 2 - 3 days before they go stale.


Always check your deep fat fryers instructions before starting. My deep fat fryer needs a minimum of 3 litres of oil before safe to use. Some makes and models may require more or less.
My fryer can cook 4 doughnuts at a time, again check your manual to make sure you don't overcrowd your fryer.


Calories: 225.61kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.15g | Protein: 4.49g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3.26g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 60.04mg | Sodium: 31.23mg | Potassium: 70.96mg | Fiber: 0.69g | Sugar: 21.63g | Vitamin A: 249.69IU | Vitamin C: 0.07mg | Calcium: 40.7mg | Iron: 1.15mg