My oh my, do I have a treat for you! These delicious vanilla custard buns with icing and coconut shavings are out of this world. Every time I go to Norway, I have to stop by a bakery and buy one of these suckers. They are mouth watering and I can’t resist them. The smell of freshly baked buns is sooooo good and anyone passing by your house will agree. You should totally try these out and impress your guests. They can be eaten at anytime during the day and what I love to do when I make a batch, is to put some in the freezer, as a whole batch is too much for the two of us in the household. I store them in plastic bags and when I feel like one, I just defrost it. Oooh the temptation to open the freezer…


For the buns:

600 g flour

100 g sugar

50 g fresh yeast (you can use dry yeast. Just follow the instructions on the packet)

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons cardamom

1 teaspoon vanilla sugar

350 ml milk

100 g butter (room temperature)


Powdered sugar and a couple drops of water


500 ml milk

100 g sugar

3 egg yolks and 1 whole egg

35 g corn starch

Vanilla seed/ vanilla extract

How to make the custard:

Add milk to a saucepan along with half of the sugar. Add the vanilla seeds.


Mix egg yolks and the one egg together and whisk well. Add the cornstarch and the other half of the sugar to the eggs and mix. Add a small amount of the milk to the eggs and stir well. We do this to bring up the temperature of the eggs. If we added it all at time we would probably end up with scrambled eggs and nobody wants that. Return to the stove and stir until the mixture becomes thick.

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Add to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. The plastic has to touch the custard so it doesn’t form a “skin”. Allow to cool.


How to make the buns:

Heat milk to 30 degrees celsius. In a bowl, crumble yeast and pour the milk over it. Add sugar, baking powder, cardamom and vanilla sugar to the yeast and milk mixture. Add the flour. Do this in stages as you may need more or less than what is in the recipe. Mix until you form a bowl.

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Add room temperature butter and mix until well incorporated into the dough. Let rise until double in size.

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Flour your surface and roll dough into a sausage shape and slice into pieces and form into round buns.

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Make a dent into the buns and fill with one tablespoon of custard.

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Brush the buns with an egg wash and let rise until oven is heated up.


Cook in oven for 10-12 minutes at 200 degrees celsius. Remember every oven is different. Remove from oven and let cool.

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Mix powdered sugar and a bit of water to make the icing. Add water until you get an icing that is not too runny nor too hard. Drizzle over buns and add coconut shavings.

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