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Boston cream donuts

Boston cream donuts

Boston cream donuts are a special kind of doughnut (or donut), they are filles with cream and glazed with a layer of chocolate. They are so good!. In fact, something really curious is that this was the special donut designed to be the Massachusetts state’s official doughnut back in 2033.

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Boston cream doughnuts

Donuts have a special place in my heart, any donut. My oldest brother would always buy me donuts or take me somewhere to eat donuts, just because, which is why there’s a happy feeling attached to them.

Now, even those who don’t like cream will love this. These donuts are a classic made our way, the boston cream donuts or doughnuts, filled with pastry cream and glazed with chocolate. And a good pastry cream, like the one we make in this recipe, is the best one you will ever eat. I guarantee you, you will like this filling a lot.

Something important to say is that, like most other fried things, we recommend eating them the very same day they are fried, because it’s when they taste better. Fried food go bland the next day, because they are no longer as crisp on the outside. And when these doughnuts are freshly fried they are spectacular.

Boston cream donuts recipe

Making doughnuts or donuts is really fun for me, I like frying things, even if it sounds weird. And doughnuts, to be doughnuts, are fried. You can call donuts the baked ones with a donut shape, but they are really not donut donuts, which have to be fried. If you don’t think the same way tell us why on the comments, we are interested.

If you like this recipe, you have to go see our berliners, which are also a classic recipe filles with pastry cream, or sometimes with strawberry jam and coated with white granulated sugar.

Boston cream donuts

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For the dough:

  • 2 C all purpouse flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 C whole milk
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted

For the cream filling:

  • 1 1/4 C whole milk
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, the seeds
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 C cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

For the chocolate glaze:

  • 1/2 C whipping cream
  • 2/3 C semisweet chocolate


For the dough:

  • In a small bowl place the milk and stir in the yeast, then let it sit for 15 minutes for the yeast to rise and activate.
  • In a different big bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Add in the yeast mixture, the egg and the butter. Start mixing by using your hands or a wooden spoon until you form a dough ball.
  • Place this dough on a clean surface and knead for 20 min. until it is soft and elastic (all of the previous kneading process could also be done in a standing mixer with the dough hook attached).
  • Form a ball with the dough, and coat with some vegetable oil and place it in a bowl, then cover this with plastic kitchen wrap or a kitchen towel. Let it rest for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, place it on a clean surface with some flour and roll it our using a rolling pin until about 1/2 inch (1cm) thick.
  • Cut 10 circles out of this dough, using a cookie cutter. Place these circles on a previously greased baking sheet and cover them with eome plastic kitchen wrap or a kitchen towel. Let them rest for 30 min. or until they double in size again.
  • In a medium size pot, heat enough oil for frying. Once the oil is hot (you can test it by dropping a amall piece of dough before frying the donuts) fry the donuts a few pieces at a time until golden and fully cooked.

For the cream filling:

  • With a sharp knife, open in half the vanilla bean, and take out all of the seeds.
  • In small pot, place the milk along with half the sugar and the vanilla bean seeds and cook it to low heat, mixing ocasionally with a whisk.
  • In a small bowl, mix the rest of the sugar along with the salt, egg yolks and cornstarch. Add in some of the milk mixture and mix for the egg yolk mixture to temper.
  • Pour the egg yolk mixture into the milk pot, and keep on cooking now beating non stop, until the mixture thickens.
  • Take this out of the heat and mix in the butter while still hot. Pour this into a different bowl and cover with some plastic wrap (which must touch the surface of the cream, so that a custard does not form on top and refrigerate for 1 hour.

For the chocolate glaze:

  • For the chocolate glaze, place the chocolate in a small bowl and set aside. Place the whipping cream in a small pot and cook to medium heat for 1 minute bringing it to a boil.
  • Pour this cream over the chocolate and let it sit for 1 minute, then mix until a light ganache forms.

To assemble:

  • To fill the donuts, make a hole on the side of them using a wooden toothpick and using a pastry pipping bag fill them.
  • Glaze them with the chocolate and let them sit for 10 min. before eating.
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Boston cream donuts

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