Custard Filled Pączki

Custard Filled Pączki

Custard Filled P?czki

The custard filling can be made well in advance. You can also fill with lemon curd, even chocolate pudding. It's best to have the egg yolks & oil at room temperature and be sure to aerate your flour before measuring. Paczki are best served while still warm. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Makes: 12

Custard Filled P?czki


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons (1 packet = 7 grams) yeast (instant or regular)

  • 2/3 cup 1% milk – warmed to 120°F for instant/110°F for regular yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil or extra light olive oil
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • about 1/4 cup extra flour

  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar for coating
  • 1 cup homemade custard
  • Custard Filling:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup milk, low fat or whole
  • one egg yolk


  1. Place flour, sugar, salt, & yeast in large bowl.
  2. Stir in warm milk, followed by oil, egg yolks & vanilla.
  3. With electric mixer, beat for 2 minutes on high speed.
  4. Stir in enough flour until the dough holds together.
  5. On a floured surface, knead 50 turns, cover with plastic and let rest 10 min.
  6. Custard Filling:
  7. Meantime, make the custard. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch.
  8. Slowly stir in milk and egg yolk. Bring to a boil. Cook & stir about a minute. (it thickens more as it cools)
  9. Spread onto a dinner plate and let it stand, undisturbed, to cool thoroughly before using - refrigerate if necessary.
  10. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  11. On a floured surface, roll dough 1/2-inch thick. Cut circles using a 2 1/2 -inch round cutter, dipped in flour. Re-roll scraps.
  12. Place mounds on baking sheet, cover with a towel, and let rise in a warm spot about 45 minutes. (1 hour at room temp.) During this time, preheat oven to 375° F.
  13. When mounds are puffy, but not necessarily doubled in size, bake for 10 minutes.
  14. Melt butter and place 1/3 cup sugar in a plastic produce bag. Lay down some wax paper to save cleanup.
  15. Remove paczki immediately from pan to wax paper. Brush each one while warm (top & sides) with melted butter and roll in bag to coat with sugar.
  16. Fill using a pastry bag with a long tip, pushing into the side, or cut a slit in the side and insert custard with a spoon. Best served while still warm. (Paczki freeze well)

Note: The video below for the Jelly Filled Paczki is exactly the same as this recipe except for the filling.

Custard Filled Pączki

5 Comments on "Custard Filled Pączki"

  1. Joan

    I also made your lovely Snowballs. Again, super easy but really delicious. They will be lovely to serve over Christmas or to give as a gift.

  2. Joan

    i WILL be making these! I was thrilled to hear you say that you substituted out the butter for canola oil and baked instead of deep fried these little guys. So smart. I used to have heart disease so all these swaps matter. I don’t do eggs either so will try these using flax eggs (1 Tbsp ground flax mixed with 3 Tbsp hot water and stirred until gelatinous, about 30 seconds). It works very well in most recipes, though not all.
    BTW, your No knead bread was amazing and so very easy. I did the 10 grain and then played with a spelt loaf. I don’t have a dutch oven so used my 2 gallon soup pot covered with tinfoil. Worked like a charm. My husband is really thrilled. Heaven with a Hearty Vegetable Soup!

  3. Ivanka

    Love you easy and very simple recipes!!! Love, love, love all of them. Last one I made were Christmas Snowballs. Really good.
    I do have a computer, but I would like to know if you have a cook book out, that I can purchase. If not, why not? You’re great! Thank you and happy baking!

  4. Lisa

    Would love this on video.

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