Krapfen Recipe

These is a krapfen recipe that is filled with homemade Italian pastry cream.


Pastry Cream

500 ml (2 cups) whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
6 large egg yolks
180 g (3/4 cup + 2 1/2 teaspoons) caster (superfine granules) sugar
40 g (1/3 cup or 5 tablespoons) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
Confectioners' sugar for dusting (about 1/3 cup)


2 cups (50g) bread flour
2 cups (250g) all purpose flour
1/4 cup (50 g) superfine sugar
8 g (1 package) instant yeast or 25 g fresh yeast
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Zest of 1 orange
Pinch of salt
250 ml warm milk (105 F and 110 F)
3 large eggs
3 1/2 Tablespoons (50 g) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Vegetable spray
Vegetable or coconut oil, for frying


Pastry Cream

In a medium saucepan add milk and vanilla, bringing to a boil. Turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes to cool just slightly on the burner.

In a large bowl, whisk together egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale.

Add the flour and whisk to well combine.

Gradually, in a steady stream, add the hot milk mixture to the egg mixture; whisking constantly until well combined.

Return the milk-egg mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and strain through a mesh sieve. Discard any solids.

When pastry cream has completely cooled place in refrigerator to chill entirely.


Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with oil.

In a large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, instant yeast, vanilla, zest and salt in a large bowl.

Over stove over medium heat, bring milk to a low simmer, and then remove.

Make a well in the flour and pour in the warm milk.

Work together the milk and the dry ingredients gently with a fork.

Add the eggs all at once; work together the ingredients until you have a rough ball of dough.

Gradually add the butter, one-piece-at-a-time, working each piece of butter into the dough before adding the next.

Sprinkle flour onto a clean work surface.

Transfer to surface and knead until smooth and elastic (not sticky), 10 to 15 minutes.

Transfer dough back to the large bowl; cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm place, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

When the dough has doubled in volume, transfer to a clean, floured work surface.

Roll the dough out into a large circle that is 1 cm thick.

Use a 7 cm cookie cutter to create circles.

Gather up the leftover pieces, give a quick knead to bring the pieces together, return dough to the bowl, cover and leave to rise in a warm place until double in volume, about 1/2-hour and proceed to roll out and cut out rounds.

At this point if you have any remaining dough, gather together re-roll and cut rounds until all of the dough has been used.

Place the rounds onto prepared tray and cover with a sheet of plastic wrap and leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in volume and full of air, about 1-2 hours.

In a large heavy bottom pot or deep fryer, heat oil to 340F (170C).

Prepare a large plate with paper towel for cooked donuts.

Fry four to six at-a-time to ensure even frying. Fry until golden on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes.

Remove one-at-a-time, with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towels and immediately dust with sugar.


To fill, transfer pastry cream to a large pastry bag fitted with a 1 cm plain round tip.

Use a sharp paring knife to make a small hole (in the centre) on the top of each donut.

Insert pastry tip into the hole and pipe until they feel heavy.

Fill until a bit comes out the hole.

Serve that day for best results.

Extras can be stored airtight in fridge.