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Homemade Custard Creams

Homemade Custard Creams: these British classics are even better when they’re homemade. The most perfect accompliment to a cup of tea.
Homemade Custard Creams:  these British classics are even better when they're homemade.  The most perfect accompliment to a cup of tea.

Homemade custard creams are the perfect vanilla a sandwich cookies.  If you’re not familiar with the English classic cookie -the custard cream, you’re missing out. I spent a year in England, long ago, and I became a fan of the humble, store bought custard cream along side my cups of tea.

I spotted this recipe in Nigella Lawson’s cookbook “Feast”. I love Nigella’s approach to food and cooking and eating. The pictures and meals she puts in the cookbook are lovely, but I confess that I’ve rarely actually tried any of her recipes, mostly because they’re in British measurements. These ones looked so good, I thought it was worth the extra effort, and I’ve converted the measurements to cups for you so it will be easy for you to try.

homemade custard creams recipe

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The recipe calls for the dough to be made in a food processor, and it’s more like a pastry dough, with the butter cut in, rather than creamed with sugar like a traditional cookie dough. It makes a nice, tender cookie, with a nice flaky texture, which goes so well with the buttery, sweet, cream filling. They’re not too sweet, just right with a cup of tea. Enjoy!

how to make custard creams

Yield: 14 cookies

Homemade Custard Creams

Homemade Custard Creams: these British classics are even better when they're homemade. The most perfect accompliment to a cup of tea.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons Bird's custard powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk

For the Custard Cream Filling

  • 1 tablespoon Bird's custard powder
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup soft butter
  • 1 teaspoon boiling water

Instructions

    1. To make the cookies, put the flour, custard powder, and baking powder into a food processor and pulse to mix. Add the butter, and vegetable shortening cut into small cubes and pulse until the mixture is crumbly.
    2. Add the sugar and pulse again. Mix the egg and milk together, and add to food processor mixture, pulsing until it forms a dough ball. Be careful not to over mix. Wrap dough in plastic wrap, and let rest in the fridge for 20 min.
    3. Roll dough out on lightly floured surface to a thickness of about 4 mm. Cut out with a small heart cookie cutter. Use a toothpick to prick the outside edge of the heart to create the small hole pattern for half of the cookies, to use as the tops of the sandwich cookies.
    4. Bake at 350, for 10-14 min. until lightly browed at the edge. Cool.
    5. To make the custard cream, put icing sugar, and custard cream in food processor and pulse to combine and remove and lumps. Add the butter and process until smooth. Add teaspoon of boiling water and pulse again until smooth.
    6. Spread the plain cookie bottoms with custard cream, and sandwich with the top cookie.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

14

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 162Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g
nigella's homemade custard creams

custard creams recipe nigella

As with most things in life, the homemade version is way better than the store bought ones, and worth the extra effort. Enjoy!

Nigella Lawson custard creams

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