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Boston Cream Doughnuts

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Boston Cream Doughnuts

Introduction to Boston Cream Doughnuts

Boston Cream Doughnuts are a delightful treat enjoyed by doughnut enthusiasts worldwide. Known for their decadent combination of fluffy dough, creamy filling, and rich chocolate glaze, these doughnuts offer a perfect balance of textures and flavors.

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The Origin Story of Boston Cream Doughnuts

The history of Boston Cream Doughnuts dates back to the early 20th century, believed to have originated in the United States. While exact origins may vary, the doughnut’s popularity soared due to its unique filling and irresistible taste, reminiscent of Boston Cream Pie.

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Ingredients Needed to Make Boston Cream Doughnuts

To prepare Boston Cream Doughnuts at home, you’ll need basic ingredients like flour, yeast, sugar, milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract for the dough. The filling typically consists of custard or pastry cream, while the chocolate glaze requires cocoa powder, icing sugar, and milk.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Making Boston Cream Doughnuts

Start by preparing the dough, allowing it to rise before shaping it into doughnut rings. After frying until golden brown, inject the doughnuts with a creamy filling of your choice. Finish by dipping them into a glossy chocolate glaze and letting them set before serving.

Tips for Perfect Boston Cream Doughnuts

Achieving the perfect Boston Cream Doughnut requires attention to detail. Ensure the dough rises adequately, maintain oil temperature while frying, and use a piping bag for even filling distribution. Chill the doughnuts briefly before glazing for a smoother finish.

Variations of Boston Cream Doughnuts

While traditional Boston Cream Doughnuts feature vanilla custard filling and chocolate glaze, creative variations abound. Experiment with different fillings like raspberry jam or matcha custard, or explore unique glazes such as caramel or white chocolate.

Nutritional Information and Health Considerations

Boston Cream Doughnuts are indulgent treats, typically high in calories and sugars. Consider moderation and healthier ingredient substitutes like baked doughnuts or reduced-sugar fillings for a lighter option.

Boston Cream Doughnuts in Popular Culture

These iconic treats have made appearances in various media, from TV shows to literature, solidifying their status as beloved desserts. Their cultural significance extends beyond their origin, making them a staple in doughnut lore.

Where to Find the Best Boston Cream Doughnuts

While many bakeries and cafes offer Boston Cream Doughnuts, homemade versions provide the freshest taste. Explore local bakeries known for their artisanal doughnuts or embark on a DIY adventure to savor the homemade goodness.

FAQs About Boston Cream Doughnuts

What makes a Boston Cream Doughnut different from other doughnuts? Boston Cream Doughnuts are distinct for their creamy filling and chocolate glaze, resembling the flavors of Boston Cream Pie.

Can I freeze Boston Cream Doughnuts? Yes, you can freeze Boston Cream Doughnuts. Store them in an airtight container for up to one month, thawing before enjoying.

How long do Boston Cream Doughnuts stay fresh? Freshly made Boston Cream Doughnuts are best consumed within 1-2 days for optimal taste and texture.

Are Boston Cream Doughnuts difficult to make at home? While they require some patience, making Boston Cream Doughnuts at home is a rewarding culinary experience suitable for enthusiasts of all skill levels.

Can I use alternative fillings for Boston Cream Doughnuts? Absolutely! Experiment with different fillings such as lemon curd, Nutella, or even peanut butter for a personalized twist.


In conclusion, Boston Cream Doughnuts continue to captivate doughnut aficionados with their luscious filling and chocolatey exterior. Whether enjoyed freshly made or sourced from a favorite bakery, these treats offer a delightful culinary experience worth savoring.

Yield: 16 doughnuts

Boston Cream Doughnuts

Boston Cream Doughnuts

Boston Cream Doughnuts are a delightful treat enjoyed by doughnut enthusiasts worldwide. Known for their decadent combination of fluffy dough, creamy filling, and rich chocolate glaze, these doughnuts offer a perfect balance of textures and flavors.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


  • Yeast Doughnuts:
  • 2 packets (.25 oz) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup slightly warm water (100°F)
  • 1 1/4 cups milk, room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, soft
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 12 cups corn oil (for frying)
  • Cream Filling:
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons water


  1. Pour yeast and warm water in a large bowl and mix until well combined.1
  2. Add milk and eggs. Beat to combine.2
  3. Add sugar, butter, vanilla, 3 cups of flour, and salt. Mix until dough is smooth.3
  4. Add remaining flour and mix until dough is elastic and no longer sticks to sides of bowl. Total mixing time will be about 10 minutes at medium speed.4
  5. Leave dough in bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel.5
  6. Allow it to rest in a warm place until it has doubled in size, about 45 to 60 minutes.6
  7. Meanwhile, prepare filling. Pour egg yolks in a medium-sized bowl and slowly whisk them together.7
  8. Set egg yolks aside.8
  9. Add sugar, cornstarch, and milk to a medium saucepan and whisk until smooth.9
  10. Stirring continuously, cook milk mixture over medium heat until it has thickened.10
  11. Let it bubble and simmer for 2 minutes while whisking.11
  12. Remove from heat and add a bit of warm milk mixture to egg yolks to temper egg yolks.12
  13. Pour egg mixture into warm milk saucepan and place it back on heat.13
  14. Bring to a light boil for about 2 minutes, stirring continuously. 14
  15. Remove from heat, add butter, and vanilla while stirring. Once smooth, pour into a clean bowl.15
  16. Cover filling with clear plastic wrap and press it against top. (This will prevent a film from forming on the top.) Chill in refrigerator until cold.16
  17. Remove plastic wrap and towel from dough, and punch dough down. Cover and allow to rest for 15 minutes.17
  18. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a thickness of 1/2-inch.18
  19. Cut dough using a biscuit cutter or doughnut cutter and place on a lightly floured paper towel. DON’T cut out a middle doughnut hole.19
  20. Cover with a kitchen towel or paper towel and let rise about 30 minutes.20
  21. Meanwhile pour frying oil in a deep pan and heat to 325°F - 330°F.21
  22. Lift each doughnut gently off towel and carefully and gently place in oil.22
  23. Cook in batches of 2 or 3 at a time.23
  24. Cook on each side until golden in color,1-2 minutes per side.24
  25. Lift out of oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a wire rack or cookie sheet fitted with paper towels.25
  26. Let doughnuts come to room temperature before filling and glazing.26
  27. Once cool, fill doughnuts with filling. Use a chopstick to poke a hole into side of doughnut. Wiggle chopstick around center of doughnut to make room for filling.27
  28. Use a piping bag filled with chilled filling and fill each doughnut.28
  29. To make glaze, in a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt.29
  30. Slowly add water 1 tablespoon as a time, stirring after each addition until a chocolate glaze forms.30
  31. Dip tops of doughnuts into chocolate glaze. Tap off excess glaze and place on a wire rack for glaze to dry.
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