Classic Custard and Jam Vatrushka Buns

Vatrushka is an Eastern European pastry – doughnut meets Danish pastry.

Serves: 4-5
Time: 30 minutes
Recipe by: Monicia Horne


3 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tbsp yeast
2 cup warm milk
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp mayonnaise
3 tbsp oil
5 cup flour

For the filling
1 cup Clover classic Custard
½ cup cream cheese
1 egg
2 tbsp castor sugar
½ cup raspberry jam


Combine yeast together with two cups of warm milk and one tablespoon of sugar. Set aside for about 10 minutes.
Add eggs, mayonnaise, salt and sugar into the mixture, whisking together to combine.
Mix in flour in small portions. Once the flour is all mixed in, add oil to the mixture. It’s important to add oil last, as the texture of the dough turns out better. Knead the dough until it’s elastic, at least for 10 minutes. Let the dough rise for about an hour
Cut the dough into 30 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a flattened ball. Place them next to each other, leaving enough space for it to rise.
Cover with a towel and let the buns rise for about 30 minutes. Press each bun in the center with a glass or cup to form a hollow.
Whisk cream cheese, custard, egg and sugar together, for filling. Fill each hollow with a filling. Dollop with jam
Bake in preheated oven at 180C for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Chefs Tip: The secret is in the rise – it will give your buns that light, fluffy texture.