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Easy Cherry Custard Pastries are perfect for serving at a tea party, or just to have for yourself! Easy to make and fun for kids to help too.


Easy Cherry Custard Pastries. These are so delicious and easy to make!

I had some friends unexpectedly pop over for a cup of tea yesterday, and needed to get my thinking hat on fast! The thought of not having any tasty little morsels to offer my visitors filled me with horror, so after hunting around my store cupboard and freezer, I came up with a very quick and easy recipe which would impress anyone!

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If you had the time and ingredients, of course, you could make everything from scratch, but on this occasion, I used ingredients which I already had.

These little cherry custard pastries give a lovely crispy texture, and the light sweetness of the custard, in contrast to the slight tartness of the cherries is really a delicious sensation. We all found these pastries to be very more-ish indeed, and in hindsight, I wish I had made more!

Of course, I have used cherries here in this recipe, but you can try with blueberries or some other berry. Just make sure you're using a firm fruit because of the heat from the oven when you bake. you don't want the fruit to go mushy from the heat.

You can serve these warm, not hot, from the oven, or like I prefer, allow to cool and eat them with a lovely cup of tea! These little cherry custard pastries would be great if you're having an English Afternoon Tea party too!

You can make ahead and store in an airtight container for a day or so, then arrange on a pretty plate together with a few more delicious treats for your tea party, such as some of our Easy Cherry Cheesecake Sopapilla Barssavory salmon or shrimp vol au vents and perhaps a lovely vanilla pound cake  and some of our delicious Classic English scones.

So let's get straight to the recipe and see how easy it is to make these little cherry custard pastries. Please enjoy!

Easy Cherry Custard Pastries are perfect for serving at a tea party, or just to have for yourself! Easy to make and fun for kids to help too.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 8

Ingredients:
The Pastry

1 packet ready rolled puff pastry. (I used a sheet measuring 30 cm x 15 cm, 275g packet) OR you can make your own flaky pastry, see here for the recipe.

For the filling
1 pint or 2 1/2 cups of milk
2 Tablespoons custard powder *
2 tablespoons of sugar
A handful of cherries. Mine were from a can.

For the topping
1 Tablespoon milk (for glazing)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 Tablespoon icing sugar powder

* If you would like to make your own custard from scratch, you will need 1 pint or 2 1/2 cups of custard.

Instructions:
1. Heat oven to 180C, Gas 4, 350F.

2. Grease your baking tin. (if you have a silicone sheet, then no need to grease or line)

3. Make the custard, by adding custard powder, 2 tbsp sugar and the milk to a pan and heating until thick. Leave to cool until tepid.

Thick jello/custard

4. Cut your cherries in half. If they are from a can then you will need to put them on some kitchen paper to drain the juice. Also, remove the stones if not already done.

Easy Cherry Custard Pastries are perfect for serving at a tea party, or just to have for yourself! Easy to make and fun for kids to help too.

5. With your sheet of pastry, cut into squares, roughly 6cm x 5 cm (depends on the size of your pastry sheet) The main thing is to make sure they are square shapes. Alternatively, if you have a cookie cutter, you can make different shapes as seen in the photos.

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6. Fill a piping bag with the cooled custard. I used a large nozzle, but you can choose what size depending on the size you cut your pastry shapes. You can just forget about the piping bag and spoon the custard onto the pastry, but it may get a bit messy!

Easy Cherry Custard Pastries are perfect for serving at a tea party, or just to have for yourself! Easy to make and fun for kids to help too.

7. If you are doing square shapes, run the custard diagonally, from point to point down the center two times, (so you have two layers of custard on top of each other high)

8. Place as many halved cherries on top of the custard as you wish.

9. Brush all the sides with milk. This will help stick the pastry together when you come to fold over.

Easy Cherry Custard Pastries are perfect for serving at a tea party, or just to have for yourself! Easy to make and fun for kids to help too.

10. For the squares, fold one side over to the center, and then the other side, pressing down gently so the pastry sticks together where it is joined.

Easy Cherry Custard Pastries are perfect for serving at a tea party, or just to have for yourself! Easy to make and fun for kids to help too.
Easy Cherry Custard Pastries are perfect for serving at a tea party, or just to have for yourself! Easy to make and fun for kids to help too.

11. Brush all the exposed pastry with milk and sprinkle with a little sugar.

Easy Cherry Custard Pastries are perfect for serving at a tea party, or just to have for yourself! Easy to make and fun for kids to help too.

12. Place into oven for 5 - 20 minutes - You will need to check them as cooking times will vary depending on how big or small your pastries are and also how much filling you have used.

As a rough guide, the flower shaped ones took 15 minutes in the oven, and the folded squares took 25 minutes.

13. When ready (see photo below and your pastries should have puffed up and have a nice brown color) let them cool on a rack and then give them a light dusting of icing powder.

14. Make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy!

We'd love to hear from you and what you thought of our Easy Cherry Custard Pastries recipe. Did you make any changes or add some other goodies? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

Easy Cherry Custard Pastries are perfect for serving at a tea party, or just to have for yourself! Easy to make and fun for kids to help too.
Easy Cherry Custard Pastries are perfect for serving at a tea party, or just to have for yourself! Easy to make and fun for kids to help too.

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Easy Cherry Custard Pastries are perfect for serving at a tea party, or just to have for yourself! Easy to make and fun for kids to help too.
Cherry Custard Pastries
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: European
Keyword: cherry custard pastries, custard pastry recipe, Danish pastry recipe
Servings: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 cm packet ready rolled puff pastry. (I used a sheet measuring 30 x 15 cm 275g packet) OR you can make your own flaky pastry, see here for the recipe
For the filling
  • 1 pint or 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 Tablespoons custard powder *
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • A handful of cherries. Mine were from a can.
For the topping
  • 1 Tablespoon milk for glazing
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon icing sugar powder
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 180C, Gas 4, 350F. Grease your baking tin. (if you have a silicone sheet, then no need to grease or line)
  2. Make the custard, by adding custard powder, 2 tblsp sugar and the milk to a pan and heating until thick. Leave to cool until tepid.
  3. Cut your cherries in half. If they are from a can then you will need to put them on some kitchen paper to drain the juice. Also remove the stones if not already done.
  4. With your sheet of pastry, cut into squares, roughly 6cm x 5 cm (depends on the size of your pastry sheet) The main thing is to make sure they are square shapes. Alternatively, if you have a cookie cutter, you can make different shapes as seen in the photos.
  5. Fill a piping bag with the cooled custard. I used a large nozzle, but you can choose what size depending on the size you cut your pastry shapes. You can just forget about the piping bag and spoon the custard onto the pastry, but it may get a bit messy!
  6. If you are doing square shapes, run the custard diagonally, from point to point down the center two times, (so you have two layers of custard on top of each other high) as in the photo opposite
  7. Place as many halved cherries on top of the custard as you wish. Brush all the sides with milk.
  8. For the squares, fold one side over to the center, and then the other side, pressing down gently so the pastry sticks together where it is joined.
  9. Brush all the exposed pastry with milk
  10. Place in to oven for 5 - 20 minutes - You will need to check them as cooking times will vary depending on how big or small your pastries are and also how much filling you have used.
  11. As a rough guide, the flower shaped ones took 15 minutes in the oven, and the folded squares took 25 minutes.
  12. When ready (see photo below and your pastries should have puffed up and have a nice brown colour) let them cool on a rack and then give them a light dusting of icing powder.
  13. Make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy!

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    abigail Trewartha

    says:

    making these right now! they smell delightful! i changed my milk to soy and now they’re also a dairy free treatie! perfect!

      1. Hi Michael, be sure not to over fill them and also make sure the custard is cooked so it’s thick. They shouldn’t run out then!

  2. Wow! These look amazing. And to think, I still have custard powder in my cupboard from when my uncle brought me some from England. Thanks for stopping by and sharing these over at Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen!

    1. I’m so glad you liked the recipe! Lucky that you still have some custard powder too. This is a lovely recipe for the kids to get involved in, and they’ll love eating them after :)

  3. Great to know how to through something like this together. I could probably use some lemon curd I keep in the fridge. What do you think? Thanks for sharing this with us on foodie friday.

    1. Hi Diane, yes, lemon curd would also work, but I would swap the cherries for something not as sweet unless you want an attack of ‘sharpness’ from the lemon & cherry! Or leave the fruit bit out completely….a caramelised pecan nut would go with your lemon curd. Do you have a recipe for the curd? If so, would love to try it out! (maybe easier to share it on FB if you wish to) :)

  4. These look perfect… I love custard pastries but never thought of making them myself. I will have to give these a try. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday.

      1. Just to let you know that I have picked these as my host favorite for this week. They will be featured in our Daily Dish magazine on Monday and also on next week’s party on my blog. I am hoping to make them this week.. Thanks for linking them up.

      2. I just love anything lovefoodies shows us, with the little blurb about the person that sent it to her…am very happy that others are featuring her recipes. And I am going to attempt these pastries for tonight,,,,my son is still visiting, so have to impress him haha