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Saffron Donuts filled with Pastry Cream

Folks who love donuts, raise your hand! There is a separate community of dessert lovers who love Donuts. Agree? You are in for a treat as this blog is about Saffron Donuts filled with Pastry Cream. There is no age barrier to love donuts. My son loves donuts, I love donuts, my friends love donuts, my parents love donuts and by this I discovered that the whole universe is in love with donuts.

I am that kind of person who has immense sweet tooth and would not mind having bakes early in the morning for breakfast. There are days when I do not want to prepare anything for myself for breakfast and end up having lots of donuts. Especially donuts with pastry cream. What a way to start a day right? Just the simple ways of making the child in me happy!

safrron donuts filled with pastry cream

Most of the times, we keep hearing this quote ‘Love yourself ‘ and ‘Make yourself a priority’. According to me, making yourself a priority and making yourself happy comes by the way of treating yourself once in a while. Get away by all the hustle of life and take time for yourself and settle down in a cozy sofa, grab a cup of coffee and most importantly have donuts. See, life just turned beautiful. This is how you bring the sunshine in your life even on gloomy days.


  • You can store the pastry cream till 4-5 days in fridge.
  • You can allow it to raise overnight in fridge, and next day punch and cut in rounds. Allow it to raise till doubled, around 30-40 minutes.
  • Donuts can be cooked and stored with out filling in fridge for up to 5 days.
  • You can use any other filling like Nutella, Jam, Ganache and so on.

Recently I am too cautious on the donuts that we get outside. So, I eagerly tried this recipe of Saffron Donuts filled with Pastry Cream and it came out really well. Ossoro’s  Kesar Gulab essence added it’s beauty to donuts like always. I would recommend you to try Ossoro’s varieties of essence any day. Now, let me take you on a journey of how I made this recipe.

Few of my other Recipes using Ossoro Flavors:


diwali desserts

Saffron Donuts with Pastry Cream

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 6


  • 260 g ( 2 cups) All purpose Flour /Maida
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 2 pinch of Saffron
  • 1/2 tbsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 40 g Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Ossoro's Kesar Gulab Essence
  • Oil for frying

To make Pastry Cream:

  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp All purpose Flour / Maida
  • pinch Salt
  • 2 drops Ossoro's Kesar Gulab Essence

For dusting:

  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1/2 cup Castor Sugar


  • Warm the Milk to dissolve yeast. Temperature of milk shouldn't be too high. Test it with your finger - dip your finger in milk and if you can bare the heat for 5 seconds you are good to go.
  • Add 1 tsp of Sugar and yeast to milk and give it a mix.
  • Wait for 5 min, let yeast dissolve and become frothy. (If its not frothy, discard and start with new yeast)
  • Once its frothy add in remaining sugar, melted butter, egg, saffron and whisk it.
  • Whisk in Ossoro's Kesar Gulab Essence.
  • Add in 1 1/2 cup Flour and salt.
  • Mix using a spatula.
  • If its too sticky add in the remaining flour slowly.
  • Once it forms a dough, transfer it on to work surface.
  • Knead for 5 minutes.
  • Place the dough in a bowl, apply oil on all sides.
  • Cover it with cling film and let it raise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours. (You can preheat the oven to 100 C and switch it off, place the bowl in it to keep it warm.)
  • Once doubled, punch it back and roll to 1/2 " thick.
  • Cut the dough using a round cutter and place it on a tray.
  • Apply oil and make sure it doesn't dry.
  • Allow it to raise for another 20 minutes.
  • Deep fry the raised donuts.

To make Pastry Cream:

  • In a bowl, Whisk in yolk and sugar till smooth.
  • Add in the flour and salt. Whisk till smooth.
  • Luke warm the Milk. (if the milk is too warm, it will cook the egg)
  • Slowly pour in the milk while whisking in the yolk.
  • Put back on the heat and whisk consistently.
  • Flour will start to cook and will thicken.
  • When its thick enough and cooked well for 2 minutes, remove from heat.
  • Strain the cream to get rid of any lumps in there.
  • Whisk in Ossoro's Kesar Gulab Essence.
  • Transfer it to a glass jar and using a cling film cover it directly on top to avoid a layer forming.
  • Poke the donuts and fill with this pastry cream.
  • Dust it with cinnamon and sugar. Enjoy!
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I know you are waiting to try this recipe at home and gobble up as many donuts as you can. All the best for it! Do let me know how did it come out and how you liked it. See you all again!

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