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How to make homemade custard creams

BY Jane Dunn

9th Aug 2023 Recipes

How to make homemade custard creams
Think twice before you pick up a pack of custard creams on your next shopping trip—making them yourself is super easy with this simple recipe!
A custard cream is a classic bake that I will always adore. It is one of my favourite biscuits to grab when I am having a cup of tea, and it’s a good dunker in my opinion. However, making your own is so easy and so fun.
"A custard cream is a classic bake that I will always adore"
The biscuit dough is really simple, flavoured with custard powder, rolled flat, cut into shapes, chilled and baked. A deliciously easy custard-flavoured buttercream fills each biscuit to create a homemade version of the ever-popular classic.
Prep: 1 hour
Bake: 10–11 minutes
Serves: 25

Ingredients

  • 200g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 125g instant custard powder
  • 2–4 tbsp whole milk
Filling:
  • 150g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 300g icing sugar
  • 25g instant custard powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2–4 tbsp whole milk

Method

  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together well. Add the vanilla extract, plain flour and instant custard powder and start to beat together, adding the milk slowly so that the dough combines. Roughly shape the dough into a rectangle, wrap with clingfilm and chill for 30 minutes. Towards the end of the 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan and line 2–3 large baking trays with parchment paper.
  2. Place the chilled dough on a lightly floured work surface. Roll the dough into a large rectangle about 1⁄2cm thick. Cut the dough into 50 small rectangles with a cutter measuring about 5 x 2.5cm. Carefully place each biscuit onto the lined trays, spaced slightly apart. Bake in the oven for 10–11 minutes until golden. Leave to cool on the trays.
Filling:
  1. In a large bowl, beat the butter for several minutes to loosen it. Add the icing sugar and instant custard powder and beat together again. Add the vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until you reach a smooth and pipeable consistency. Transfer to a piping bag with the piping nozzle of your choice fitted and pipe a small amount of custard buttercream onto half the biscuits. Sandwich each one with another biscuit and enjoy!
Notes: You can shape the biscuits however you like—I made rectangles as I wanted a classic shape, but you can make squares, circles, or even use a biscuit cutter to make random shapes like stars. You can add more flavour to these biscuits if you want, but I like them as they are. One teaspoon of almond extract is a delicious addition.
Extracted from Jane's Patisserie Everyday by Jane Dunn (Ebury Press, £22), Photography by Ellis Parrinder
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