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
  • 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. Let them cool before filling.
  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

17 Comments on "Custard Filled Pączki"

  1. Tracy Y Christy

    I loved how easy this recipe was. They came perfect. I will be making more.

  2. Bella Payne

    I baked the Paczaki in my toaster oven in two batches and they were perfect. These are better than the ones I usually buy at the grocery store.
    Filled two different types. Jam and custard. Lovely, lovely recipe.

  3. SandyD

    Both my husband and I LOVED these! I don’t know who could eat just one. I opted for the custard filling and it was perfect. This was my first time visiting your site and the first recipe I tried. You have a new fan. Thank you!

  4. Cathy

    I have tried many of your recipes ,tried-and-true I have not tried one I didn’t like ,thank you.
    I can’t wait to try this one 😋


    Mine got burned on the bottom, what did I do wrong?

    • Jenny Can Cook

      It sounds like your oven was too hot, or your pan was not in the middle of the oven, or it could be from using a dark colored pan.

  6. Patty

    Great recipe. Just made these and they are wonderful and easy.
    I am so happy I discovered you and your videos on youtube. I have made several of your recipes and they are all great.

    Would you happen to have a recipe for Hoska(sp?)?

  7. Sarah

    This looks so good!!! Thank you for this wonderful recipe, I’m going to make them on Saturday and I’ll take a few pictures.

  8. Julia P.

    OMG, JEN I MADE THESE AGAIN, LOVE THE FACT THEY ARE BAKED NOT FRIED. ABSOLUTELY LOVE THEM! TODAY (snowy day in Middletown,NJ.) i’m going to make them but i’m Going to twist them like a French cruller. Hope it works, what do you think?


  9. Maureen Bunch

    These are amazing!!!!!!! Love them!!!

    Please!! Love all your recipes Jenny and your videos!

    Please make more!!

  10. Bonnie


    Time and time again, I turn to your healthy versioned recipes…. I am so grateful for your website… I made the dough for the doughnuts in my bread machine. When done, I did have to knead as you demonstrated to get it to work. I instead made “doughnut holes.” So tender but as I didn’t have the pastry bag just yet, will have to do the filling next time 🙂 So so delicious and tender…. never missed it being fried like traditional….. can’t wait to do the custard filling next as I too remember those as a young girl… Thank you Jenny for being you.

  11. LindaA

    I forgot to let the dough rest will it still be O.K.??

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. Lisa

    Would love this on video.

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