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PDLarry's picture


Grew up eating this stuff. Custard buns. My cousin who now lives in Hong Kong sent me a recipe and I was able to make some... tears.

d_a_kelly's picture

This looks really lovely, but I'll be honest... I've never heard of a custard bun!!! Would you be willing to share the recipe? 



dabrownman's picture

pretty fancy do buns Larry.  If hey taste as good as they look - Yum!  I would ike to see the recipe too  and make some.  I've never heard of them either.

PDLarry's picture

Basic sweet dough with custard filling. The spiral is the same as the filling, piped on top of egg wash just before baking.

Sweet Dough 

Bread flour 400g, Sugar 40g, Butter 40g, Eggs 40g, Salt 6g, Active Dry Yeast 7g, Water 200g

Custard Filling

Sugar 32g, Eggs 50g, Cake Flour 13g, Corn Starch 13g, Milk 210g, Butter 36g, Salt 1g

Makes 12 buns.

To make the filling, sift cake flour and corn starch and mix well with beaten egg. Heat milk, sugar and salt, stirring constantly. Add egg mixture and stir until thicken. Remove from heat, stir in butter and chill.

Reserve 50g of custard filling for the spirals, and divide the rest into 12 portions. Wrap filling in dough (about 60g each), final rise for about 40 min or until doubled in size. Brush on egg wash, and pipe the spiral. Bake at 375F for about 10 to 12 min, or until golden.


ndechenne's picture

These are awesome.. I'm gonna make them for a Mothers Day treat. Question, you pipe the custard on before egg wash and before baking. Do you score the spiral or does the stuff just "stay on" the buns? These look just perfect!

PDLarry's picture

Brush the egg wash first, then pipe the custard on top. No need to score, it just stays on.

algebread's picture

Made these today after being tempted by the sight of them in the side bar for a year or so now.

Came out just like the picture & quite tasty.

Yippee's picture

Well done, Larry!


PDLarry's picture

Thank you!

Floydm's picture

These look great, Larry!

PDLarry's picture

Thanks, Floyd :)

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

They remind me of planets, shells and ancient spirals.  And so yummy looking!

Any tricks to filling the dough?  Do we roll it out and flatten?  Poke a hole inside a ball of dough and make a small cup to fill and pinch shut?  

PDLarry's picture

Flatten the dough to a disk, place filling in the middle (shouldn't be runny) and fold the edges up and pinch shut.

Alpana's picture

I have access to some very good custard buns, but I have yet to see something as pretty and delicious looking as these.

PDLarry's picture

Thank you Alpana.

jyslouey's picture

I learnt to make custard buns at the local bakers's union classes but I think they used instant custard at the time and it tasted very artificial. Your's should be delish!

PDLarry's picture

One could use instant pudding mix as well with less liquid, but making your own is more fun...

dakkar's picture

Couldn't resist!  Buns rising as I write.

I did find the custard lacked a bit of sweetness, so I added a bit of icing sugar and a drop of pure vanilla extract (homemade!) to it. 


PDLarry's picture

Nice! Yep, adjust to taste :) Let me know how they turn out!

dakkar's picture

Thanks for the recipee!  Will definately make it again!

I messed up on the spiral as my "pastry bag's opening" (a ziplock with cut corner) was too big, so I ended up with big blobs instead of nice spirals like yours.

Although I just reallized as I am posting this, that I have forgotten the egg wash before baking... :-(  No wonder yours looked so much nicer!

But taste is great just the same!  Now I must give them away before I eat them all!

Rising Sweet Bread


PDLarry's picture

Sweet! I had the opposite problem--ziploc pastry bag opening was too small and had to snip more plastic.

Feel the Knead's picture
Feel the Knead

What beautiful little things!!! 

Laura T.'s picture
Laura T.

I've never seen these buns before and they look beautiful! I must try out a gluten free version...

Ju-Ju-Beads's picture

I'm having surgery next Friday and will be flat on my back for several weeks. Besides having goodies for my family who are coming to help me, I will need something special myself and these look incredible! In the highly unlikely event ANYone has ever NOT eaten all of them right away, can they be frozen?

PDLarry's picture

I've not tried it, but I think it should be ok.

PetraR's picture

I realise this post was made a while ago, but I would love to make these custard buns.

I made some just yesterday but I had such trouble filling them or , better, closing them up, the custard came out and they did not look as beautiful as yours.

I did them from a video I found on youtube, the girl is chinese and OMG could she fill and close them well.

I wonder if you could tell me a technique?

Is the baking temperature for fan oven?

Final question: did you use a Stand Mixer or knead by hand?

Thank you 


PDLarry's picture

Hi Petra,

I flatten the dough into a disc, and use a small cookie dough scoop to "fill" the custard, or basically place the scoop of custard in the center, then bring the edges in from four directions, and give it a nice pinch, maybe even a twist to ensure that it closes well. One thing I learned is that when you bring the edges together, make sure your hand is clean and free from any custard. Any fat would prevent the dough from sealing well. I made the dough in a bread machine using the Dough mode. The oven temperature is for conventional (non-fan) oven.

Hope that helps! If they turn out well, don't forget to take photos!

PetraR's picture

I shall give it a go again, I made some yesterday, photos in my blog, but they are by far not as good as yours.

I followed a recipe that I found on youtube, a chinese girl made them.

She used , for the swirls on the top, a paste made of water and plain flour.

You helped me a LOT. 

I shall give it a go again on Sunday since my family asked me to make more.

They are so yummy.

I used my Stand Mixer to make the dough , I believe I might overworked the dough, so I shall be kneading hand this time.

Thank you so much.

The Bread Stone Ovens Company's picture
The Bread Stone...

Looks great with some coffee :-)

pizza party's picture
pizza party

very nice PDlarry!!!


Ewabaker1's picture

no more Chinese deli for me Mahalo will try this soon. They look Ono! I think I will try with my Portuguese Massa Souped which serve double duty during the Holidays, so I can make Pāo Doce and Char Siu Bao too for the Holidays.  Thanks will give em a go for Chinese New Year!

DesigningWoman's picture

Memories of afternoons with my gramma come flooding back.

Do you make custard tartlets, too?

Those are so beautiful!

- Carole

oliveoh's picture

these are beautiful.  I am going to give them a try this weekend.