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Vanilla Cream-Filled Doughnuts

Vanilla Cream-Filled Doughnuts

I’m sure that I must have mentioned here at some point that I didn’t really grow up in a doughnut-loving household. I know for some people they were a tradition, maybe a Sunday-morning-after-church thing. They really weren’t ever a thing at my house; I’m not sure if it’s because my parents didn’t care for them or if they didn’t want us to get hooked on fried dough, but we hardly ever ate them. As a result, anytime they were offered to me, they never really knocked my socks off. I could take them or leave them and, usually, I left them. The lone exception was if I managed to find one that was filled with cream. Not icing, but cream. Bonus if it was Boston cream, but I would happily devour any cream-filled doughnut that crossed my path. It was only a matter of time before I made them appear in my kitchen!

Vanilla Cream-Filled Doughnuts

I first began experimenting with doughnuts at home almost as a challenge to myself… I was practically willing myself to love doughnuts. As it turned out, like with many things, I found the doughnuts that I fried up at home to taste significantly better than the ones I was offered as a kid. I started off with easy buttermilk doughnuts (the sugar coated ones were my favorite!), then moved on to beignets and apple fritter doughnuts. The apple fritter ones were the first that I tackled in the “yeasted doughnut” category and I really loved the light and fluffy texture that the interior of the doughnuts had, so when I saw that these cream-filled doughnuts were yeast-based I was elated.

Vanilla Cream-Filled Doughnuts

They turned out exactly as I had hoped – a thin, crisp exterior that gives way to an airy and tender center filled with a pastry cream that has been lightened up by whipped cream. The doughnuts are rolled in a coating of granulated sugar while they’re still warm, which causes it to just sort of melt onto the exterior of the doughnut. When you bite into them, they’re crisp, a little crunchy from the sugar and smooth and creamy inside. Basically, they are cream-filled doughnut perfection. They are a bit time-consuming (almost all of it is non-active prep time, though), so just be sure to plan ahead and accordingly. They are well worth it!

Next up… cake doughnuts!

Vanilla Cream-Filled Doughnuts

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Vanilla Cream-Filled Doughnuts

Yield: 9 doughnuts

Prep Time: 10 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 12 hours

A recipe for sweet, yeasted doughnuts that are tossed in sugar and filled with a light vanilla cream.

Ingredients:

For the Dough:
2½ teaspoons active dry yeast
⅔ cup whole milk, at room temperature
3½ cups all-purpose flour
⅓ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 eggs
7 tablespoons (3½ ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into 8 pieces

For the Pastry Cream:
1½ cups whole milk
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup cake flour
½ teaspoon kosher salt
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 tablespoons heavy cream

For Frying:
1 gallon canola oil

For the Coating:
1 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

1. Make the Dough: In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, stir together yeast and milk; let stand until yeast is dissolved, about 1 minute. Add the flour, sugar, salt and eggs; mix on low speed until the dough comes together, about 3 minutes. Add the butter, two pieces at a time, mixing after each addition and until butter is fully incorporated and dough is soft, a total of 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 6 hours and up to 15 hours.

2. Make the Pastry Cream: While the dough is chilling, make the pastry cream. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks until well combined, about 30 seconds. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture until thick and pasty. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, warm the milk until bubbles just start to form around the edges (do not let the milk boil).

3. Remove the milk from the heat and slowly drizzle into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Scrape the egg mixture back into the saucepan and place over medium heat, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil, about 3 minutes. Boil, whisking, for 10 seconds (the cream will become thick and glossy and won't have any foam on top), then immediately remove from heat.

4. Pour the pastry cream through a fine mesh sieve set over a small bowl and whisk in the vanilla. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the plastic wrap against the surface of the pastry cream to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 4 hours and up to 3 days.

5. Prepare the Doughnuts: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. Place the refrigerated dough on a well-floured work surface and gently roll into a 12-inch square (it should be about ½-inch thick). Cut the dough into 9 doughnuts using a 3½-inch round cutter. Transfer the doughnuts to the prepared baking sheet, cover with a piece of plastic wrap that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, and place in a warm spot until they've doubled in height and feel poufy and pillowy, 2 to 3 hours.

6. Fry the Doughnuts: Fill a large, heavy-bottomed pot with 3 inches of oil and place over medium-high heat until it reaches 350 degrees F on a deep-fry thermometer. While the oil heats, line a baking sheet with a double layer of paper towels for draining the doughnuts. Place the sugar in a small bowl and set aside.

7. Working with three doughnuts at a time, carefully lower the doughnuts into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on the underside, 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully turn the doughnuts over and fry for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until the other side is golden brown as well. Using a slotted spoon or a spider strainer, remove the doughnuts to the paper towel-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts.

8. As soon as the doughnuts are cool enough to handle, toss them in the sugar one at a time to evenly coat them. Return the doughnuts to the paper towel-lined pan and allow to cool completely, 30 to 40 minutes.

9. Fill the Doughnuts: While you're waiting for the doughnuts to cool, beat the 6 tablespoons of heavy cream on medium-high speed until still peaks form. Whisk the chilled pastry cream to loosen it up, then gently fold in one-third of the whipped cream. Fold in the remaining whipped cream until no white streaks remain.

10. Transfer the cream to a pastry bag fitting with a small round decorating tip (a Wilton #12 would work well for this). Poke a hole in the side of each doughnut and fill with pastry cream. The doughnuts should be served as soon as they are filled. They are best the same day they are made.

(Recipe adapted from Flour, as seen on Martha Stewart)

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90 Responses to “Vanilla Cream-Filled Doughnuts”

  1. Melissa @ Bless this Mess on March 6, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Holy Hannah… how did you know this lady needed more donuts in her life. I owe you one!

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  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks on March 6, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Anything that involves 1 gallon of oil is going to be good :) And oh yes vanilla pastry cream doesn’t hurt! Seriously, they’re stunning, Michelle! I don’t fry at home (4 days later I can still smell it!) but if I did, these would be the donuts to try. I love that you have challenged yourself w/ donuts and have made yeast & filled versions. Pinned!

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  3. Heidi @ Bits of Sunshine on March 6, 2013 at 1:10 am

    I.LOVE.DONUTS! Especially the yeast based types. I think they are in another league to cake ones, although they clearly take more time! This cream sounds so good, I have never had a cream filled donut, so I guess I will have to make these!

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  4. Jourdie on March 6, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Woohoo! Funny, i also came from a non-donut acquiring family, but I wound up with the opposite relationship. Whenever they showed up at school bake sales or Channukah parties, I was ON THAT in a hot second. I still love taking my car to get serviced because there’s always a box of donuts in the waiting area. :) But, for sure, homemade beats anything out of a box, and these look amazing!

    Also, I just want to give you a shout out for how incredibly prolific you are. I am amazed at how often you manage to post new, fantastic content. As a reader, it totally makes my day. Hope you are feeling better – cheers, my dear!

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  5. teresa on March 6, 2013 at 4:04 am

    I never could say no to a doughnut as a kid, and still can’t.
    They look delicious! 1 have to try them!

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  6. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersj on March 6, 2013 at 6:51 am

    These donuts are soooooooo perfect! I need to find my fryer so I can make these! The cream inside looks amazing!!!!!!

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  7. Lori on March 6, 2013 at 7:34 am

    They look amazing! thanks for posting. This is a recipe for when my youngest comes homes from college.

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  8. Christiana on March 6, 2013 at 8:15 am

    We have donuts at my church and the very best (everyone thinks so) are the red velvet cake donuts! These look delicious as well!!

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  9. Paula on March 6, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Boston cream filled donuts are one of my favourites but your vanilla cream filling sounds delicious and your donuts look wonderful!

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  10. marie @ little kitchie on March 6, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Cream-filled doughnuts are the BEST, and yours look absolutely perfect!

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  11. Vicki @ WITK on March 6, 2013 at 9:07 am

    We were definitely a donut eating family, we would head to the grocery store for a dozen on special weekends. (aka, the weekends that mom had to work and dad had to feed us!) I’ve got to get over my aversion to frying, because these look amazing.

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  12. Kasha the FarmGirl on March 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Mmmm! LOVE good donuts – and I have some pastry cream in the fridge, too. This is gonna be gooood!

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  13. Marcie @ Flavor The Moments on March 6, 2013 at 10:16 am

    I had my share of donuts when I was younger. I always loved chocolate old fashioned, blueberry cake donuts, and cream filled. Forget the jelly, it was cream! I almost never eat them now, but yours look so good I’m kind of thinking that’s going to change soon. They look gorgeous!

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  14. Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen on March 6, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Holy Moly, those doughnuts look INSANE. I’m always a bit intimidated by pastry cream but after your reading your recipe I think I can do it! I usually make a high-calorie treat every Saturday morning so I’ll add this to my list!

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  15. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on March 6, 2013 at 10:22 am

    These look amazing! But I’m pretty sure if I made them I would eat every single one in a matter of hours.

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  16. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet on March 6, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Ok these look amazing! I have got to try and make donuts. These look even better because they are creamed filled! Yummo!

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  17. Melinda M on March 6, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Well, I’m an icing-filled doughnut lover and Boston cream typically makes me gag, so while these look delicious, I can’t figure out what to make of that cream-filled center. The inclusion of the whipped cream into the pastry cream makes me think it might be sweeter and lighter than I’m imagining. Is the cream thick and pudding like or sweet and with more of a whipped consistency?

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    • Michelle on March 6th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Hi Melinda, This cream sort of falls in the middle. It’s definitely not as thick as a true pastry cream, but it’s not as light and pillowy as plain whipped cream.

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      • Melinda M on March 6th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

        Thanks, Michelle! I think it’s worth trying, especially seeing as how it’s surrounded by fried dough ;)

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    • Mindy on April 7th, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Also it’s worth noting that the whipped cream you make to fold into the pastry cream is only heavy whipping cream, with no sugar added. If you’ve ever made whipped cream from scratch the whipping cream itself isn’t actually sweet (which is why most whipped cream recipes call for adding confectioners sugar to it), so I would imagine this would tone down the sweetness of the pastry cream a little, as well as lightening it. I’m very excited to try this recipe!

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  18. Mari @ Oh, Sweet & Savory on March 6, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I love, love, love donuts! I never turned one down when growing up (in fact, they were my after-school snack of choice), although even stranger – I didn’t like the taste of butter or avocado growing up! Imagine that!
    This month’s issue of Saveur is dedicated to donuts, so this post is especially timely. I can add this recipe to the many I’m going to try in the coming weeks. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Saeriu on March 7th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      I, too, have been trying to decide which of the recipes in this month’s Saveur to try. As far as the donuts are concerned. Too many choices! My family loves donuts and I like to make them once in a while since there are no donuts near where we live.

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  19. Kathy on March 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I need to try making donuts at home. These look incredible!

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  20. Gloria @ Simply Gloria on March 6, 2013 at 10:55 am

    These look mouth-watering! Pinned! We always grew up with homemade fried donuts. So with me, the ones in the local grocery bakery does not even come close to the ones you make from home! (Especially when I asked the “baker” in the store one morning if she had sugared donuts out yet. With some inconvenience of getting one from the back, she had given me a frozen donut and thought that she’d do me the favor and NUKE it for me into rubber-ness!)

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  21. Terry Anderson on March 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Wow! That woke me up! My favorite donut popped up on screen before the coffee kicked in!

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  22. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom on March 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    LOVE!!!

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  23. Holiday Baker Man on March 6, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    ooooooohhhhhhhhh…….

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  24. Trang on March 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Is it possible to just bake the doughnuts and not fry them? I would love to make doughnuts, but cringe when I have to fry them.

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    • Michelle on March 6th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Hi Trang, There are a lot of doughnut recipes out there created specifically for baking, but these should be fried for optimum flavor. You could always try baking these, but I have no idea how they would turn out.

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    • Sarah on May 17th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      You know, you can use palm shortening for frying and there are actually some good health benefits with it!

      Reply

  25. Nakeli on March 6, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    These look like a Portuguese donut called “malasada”. I grew up eating those as a kid in Hawaii.

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  26. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts on March 6, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    My husband loves cream filled donuts, he would love it if I made these for him!

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  27. Rebecca on March 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    One of the things that keeps me from frying is that I never know what to do with all that oil when I’m done. Do you keep it for future frying or do you dispose of it somehow?

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    • Michelle on March 6th, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      Hi Rebecca, I’ve done both, depending on how soon I know I’ll be frying something again (if I can use it within a couple of weeks).

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  28. Laura Neff at Savory Sweet and Satisfying on March 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I am with you, I only eat doughnuts with cream in them. Bavarian cream is my favorite. I would love to make these, however I do not deep fry things. Do you happen to know of a way to make these by baking in the oven?

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    • Michelle on March 6th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Hi Laura, I don’t. I do know that there are tons of doughnut recipes out there created specifically for baking (not frying), though!

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  29. Musing Mar on March 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Swoon…..

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  30. Tracey on March 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I made these as a birthday treat for myself a few years ago and absolutely loved them even though I had a few minor issues. Mine didn’t look anywhere near as good as yours, they’re total perfection!

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  31. heidid26 on March 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I woke up to this recipe in my inbox this morning. Now if only I had woken up to a plate of them in my kitchen. Saturday can’t get here soon enough! Thanks for another great one!!

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  32. sally @ sallys baking addiction on March 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Michelle! These caught my eye right away on Facebook. :) They are gorgeous! I love cream filled doughnuts – but not as much as my fiance. He will just die when I show him these. And then beg me to make them. :)

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  33. Monica on March 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I have been wanting to make these ever since I got the Flour book! I think I will be making these soon!

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  34. Lauren @ Dallas Duo Bakes on March 6, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Michelle – these look AMAZING!! Seriously…probably the prettiest donut I’ve ever seen. :)

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  35. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans on March 7, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Whoa! Ten hours! I’ll just enjoy the pics and go to Krispy Kreme. These look scrumptious though!

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    • Michelle on March 7th, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Dana, That’s the total time, almost all which includes letting the dough rest, i.e. no work is required from you. There’s probably a total of 15-20 minutes of actual active time before you fry them!

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  36. Ashley on March 7, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Ugh, YES!!! Those look like MALASADAS, a dessert we eat in Hawai’i. Can’t wait to try out this recipe! Thanks for posting it!

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  37. Natasha on March 7, 2013 at 6:06 am

    Oh my gosh your photos! Of that cream filling in those donuts! They look amazing, I want to reach right into my screen and grab one! Yum! :-)

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  38. Jodi Pavlik on March 7, 2013 at 7:42 am

    These look amazing! It’s probably a good thing I don’t own a fryer!!

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  39. Carol | a cup of mascarpone on March 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

    A M A Z I N G !!!

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  40. Sues on March 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Filled doughnuts are one of my favorite things in the world. These look absolutely perfect!!

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  41. Bob on March 7, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I am addicted to cream filled donuts!!!
    I am going to try and make these tonight. If I can get them to look like this I wll love you forever!
    Thank You

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  42. Bob on March 7, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Most beautiful donut I have ever seen. If it tastes half as good as it looks it’s a keeper.
    Thanks!

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  43. Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up on March 7, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    The look like a lot of work, but they also look TOTALLY worth it. Maybe next time I have a few days i’ll surprise my family with some homemade doughnuts. YUM!! Pinned…

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  44. Ari @ Ari's Menu on March 8, 2013 at 12:44 am

    The cream filled doughnuts were always my favorite!! These look better than any doughnut I’ve ever eaten!

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  45. Kare @ Kitchen Treaty on March 8, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Holy moly. I know you’re just getting started, but you could stop here and the world would have its perfect homemade doughnut. ;) These look amazing.

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  46. Kelly @ Life made Sweeter on March 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Holy moly these look Fantastic!! Great job Michelle:)

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  47. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen on March 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    I am in doughnut heaven right now! Omgggggggggggg

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  48. Rebecca on March 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

    We think alike, I have this cookbook and have been meaning to make this recipe. This cookbook is sooo good.

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  49. Laura Dembowski on March 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I love doughnuts but it’s so hard to find super yummy ones. I keep wanting to make some at home and these might have to be the first recipe I try!

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  50. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen on March 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Oh wow yum, your doughnuts look incredible!

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  51. Andrea on March 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Yippee! So happy you posted this recipe as I have been looking for a custard donut recipe for a while now and have found one that I like the look of!! I have a great recipe for jam doughnuts, but can’t wait to try this one. Will let you know how I get on.

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  52. Jeanne on March 12, 2013 at 11:31 am

    This looks great – question, do you think I could fill them with jam/jelly? Thanks!

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  53. keshia on March 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Any tips for someone who does not have a mixer? I m new to “dough” and would love to make these!

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    • Michelle on March 21st, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Keshia, Not using a mixer would be difficult when incorporating the butter. You could definitely mix by hand with a wooden spoon and/or knead by hand, but be sure the butter gets fully incorporated.

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  54. Photo Retouching on March 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    my fiance would love if I knew how to make doughnuts!

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  55. Evelyn Seabrook on March 22, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I have never had good tasting Boston Cream filling and I’m over 65 years of age. I also prefer cake type doughnuts as yeast doughnuts are not my specialty either. Can you come up with a recipe for a cake type doughnut that can be creme filled?

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  56. Stefanie on March 25, 2013 at 10:18 am

    These look amazing!! I’d love to make them but fear they would cause an addiction for me :)

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  57. Kari@Loaves n Dishes on April 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    This is the second recipe of yours that I’ve clicked on from Pinterest in the last few minutes so now I’m following you on FB, Twitter and Pinterest! These doughnuts look irresistible!

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  58. EnglishMuffin on April 14, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Hi Michelle
    I made these a few days ago, they were so great! Thank you so much. I especially fell in love with the cream, I never expected it to turn out as good as it did. I did have 3 issues; when I tried to put the cream through the sieve it was a nightmare, is it supposed to be easy to do or is it difficult because of its thickness? Also, the doughnuts didn’t rise even after 3 hours of resting time, I covered them with a towel (maybe it was too heavy and didn’t allow them to rise?) and put them in the oven (switched off of course). Lastly, the dough was very very sticky, I had to add a significant amount of flour to even handle it, could that be the reason I had a lot more than 9 doughnuts at the end?
    I would love to get feedback, because I can’t wait to make them again, thanks a lot

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    • Michelle on April 15th, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      When pressing the cream through a sieve, it will be a little thick, but using the back of a large spoon to press it into the bottom of the sieve should do the trick. The dough should definitely rise – make sure you are using fresh yeast that has not expired or been sitting in a cabinet for a long time. It’s possible that the towel could have been too heavy; try using plastic wrap that’s just gently laid overtop, not secured down. The number of doughnuts would have more to do with the size. Unless you added a drastically large amount of flour, that wouldn’t have caused the quantity to change.

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  59. Monica on April 15, 2013 at 11:50 am

    WOW!!! I made these puppies over the weekend and they were amazing. Thank you so much for this recipe. Mine were gluten free. If you want to see them, here is the link…http://www.goingcavewoman.com/gluten-free-vanilla-cream-doughuts.
    You recipes are so reliable and your photography a delight. Thanks Brown Eyed Baker.

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  60. Maria Hanrahan on April 21, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I have the Flour cookbook and have been meaning to make these since I bought it; they look divine. I recommend the book Top Pot Hand-Forged Doughnuts, which I bought almost solely for the photo of their Pershing doughnut. I made them last month and they were *unbelievable*, better than any I’d had from a bakery.

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  61. plasterer bristol on April 26, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Oh my Hannah these are delicious.

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  62. Tryfoodlovers on May 27, 2013 at 3:38 am

    I love cooking, especially baking. I got this gene directly from my mommy :) I love Doughnuts. But this Creme filled doughnuts I have never cooked before. It looks yum and I’ve pinned it in my cookbook for the next try :) Thanks Michelle

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  63. Deborah on May 31, 2013 at 8:10 am

    this is the same recipe I found in marthastewart.com… you could have just given the link… instead of copying it..

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    • Michelle on May 31st, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Deborah, The recipe is actually from Flour’s cookbook (it’s a bakery in Boston), which is the recipe I used. You’ll see that Martha Stewart uses the same recipe and credits Flour in her headnote. I wouldn’t have directly linked to Martha Stewart, because that’s not the original source of the recipe.

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  64. Dina on August 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    oh yum! they look great!

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  65. Linda pike on September 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Wow,,, way to much work!!!! Sounds very tasty !!!!! Cheaper to buy!! Thank- you for the recipe!!! Have a great day.

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  66. Kam Thornhill on November 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    These look fabulous and I can see using it as a base for some creative doughnuts by either replacing the vanilla extract with another extract such as peanut butter or maple or by infusing the milk with either herbs or tea (chai or earl grey come to mind but I have a chocolate mint tea by Harney and Son’s that would probably be fantastic) before adding it to the cream filling ingredients…. anyway I can’t wait t see the next recipe ;-)

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  67. Diana on November 12, 2013 at 12:19 am

    Do you think baking these at 350°F would be an acceptable alternative to frying them? Or would some component of the doughnuts be majorly compromised via baking?

    Thanks,
    Diana

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    • Michelle on November 12th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Hi Diana, I have never baked doughnuts, so I’m not sure how they would come out. If you try it, please stop back and share the results!

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  68. Sana on December 5, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I just made these and omg! They are gorgeous!

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  69. Veronica on December 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I made these for our Christmas Eve party !! They were surprisingly easy ! They were beautiful and insanely delicious ! Thank you for the amazing recipe !

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  70. Hayley on January 26, 2014 at 10:23 am

    These look lovely! I was just wondering what size eggs I should use – medium or large? Also, are there any alternatives to canola oil and kosher salt? Just a bit tricky to get hold of them. Thank you!

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    • Michelle on January 26th, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      Hi Hayley, Use large eggs (always large unless stated otherwise). You can substitute vegetable oil for canola oil, and any coarse sea salt should work in place of kosher salt. Enjoy!

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  71. melissa on January 26, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    hi! this recipe is amazing!!!! i have some leftover vanilla filling…can i freeze it?? thanks!!!

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    • Michelle on January 26th, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Hi Melissa, I’m so glad you enjoyed the doughnuts! I would not recommend freezing the pastry cream, but you can refrigerate it for up to 5 to 7 days.

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  72. Raquel on April 6, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Hey, omg, i made these perfect, soft, creamy donuts two days ago and even today they still taste fresh and spongy. This is one of those must try foods for everybody! It takes a while, but it’s worth it.

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  73. Dayna on July 2, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Is it possible to fry the donuts and make the cream one day prior and then fill the donuts the day of or do you need to fill the donuts the same day they are fried???

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    • Michelle on July 2nd, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Dayna, I recommend eating these (and, thus, filling them) the same day that you fry them. However, you can make the cream a day or two in advance.

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  74. Mary S on July 23, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I Googled “pastry cream” and among the list was BEB’s recipe. Of course, I clicked on yours, because I love and trust your recipes. When this post popped up…… OMG!!! 1) I could have licked the screen! 2) I thought, “where was I, that I missed this post?” Ahhh — in the hospital — Well, not now! I have printed the recipe and will make these little round bundles of luscious vanilla cream, coated with damp sugar crystals. Heaven on the tongue!! Thank you, lovely lady!!

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