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Vanilla Custard Cream Squares

Vanilla Custard Cream Squares Recipe


Welcome to our decadent dessert recipes section! Today, we’re sharing a classic and elegant recipe for Vanilla Custard Cream Squares. These squares feature layers of flaky puff pastry and rich, creamy vanilla custard, topped with a light dusting of powdered sugar. Perfect for any special occasion or just because, these squares are sure to impress. Let’s get started!



For the Pastry:

  • 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed

For the Filling:

  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons rum (optional)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, chilled
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, plus more for dusting


Step 1: Prepare the Puff Pastry

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Bake Puff Pastry: Place each sheet of puff pastry on a prepared baking sheet. Use a fork to prick the pastry all over to prevent it from puffing up too much during baking. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Step 2: Prepare the Custard Filling

  1. Heat Milk: In a large saucepan, heat the whole milk over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Do not let it boil.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar and all-purpose flour.
  3. Add Egg Yolks: Add the egg yolks to the sugar and flour mixture, whisking until smooth and well combined.
  4. Temper Eggs: Gradually whisk the hot milk into the egg mixture, a little at a time, to temper the eggs and prevent them from curdling.
  5. Cook Custard: Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil. Continue to cook for 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat.
  6. Add Flavorings: Stir in the vanilla extract and rum (if using). Transfer the custard to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming, and let it cool completely.

Step 3: Whip the Cream

  1. Whip Cream: In a large mixing bowl, whip the chilled heavy whipping cream with the powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.
  2. Fold Cream into Custard: Once the custard is completely cooled, gently fold the whipped cream into the custard until well combined and smooth.

Step 4: Assemble the Cream Squares

  1. Layer Pastry and Custard: Place one sheet of baked puff pastry on a serving platter. Spread the custard cream mixture evenly over the pastry. Top with the second sheet of puff pastry.
  2. Chill: Refrigerate the assembled dessert for at least 2 hours to allow the custard to set.

Step 5: Serve

  1. Dust with Powdered Sugar: Before serving, dust the top of the dessert with powdered sugar.
  2. Slice and Serve: Using a sharp knife, slice into squares and serve. Enjoy your Vanilla Custard Cream Squares!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Puff Pastry: Make sure to prick the pastry with a fork to prevent excessive puffing. If it puffs up too much, gently press it down after baking.
  • Tempering Eggs: Temper the eggs slowly to prevent them from curdling by gradually adding the hot milk.
  • Chilling: Allow the custard to cool completely before folding in the whipped cream to ensure a smooth and stable filling.


Chocolate Custard Cream Squares

Add 1/2 cup of melted and cooled dark chocolate to the custard mixture before folding in the whipped cream for a chocolate twist.


Lemon Custard Cream Squares

Add the zest of one lemon and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the custard mixture for a citrusy flavor.


Berry Custard Cream Squares

Layer fresh berries such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries between the puff pastry and custard for added freshness and flavor.


Almond Custard Cream Squares

Add 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract to the custard mixture and sprinkle toasted sliced almonds on top for an almond variation.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make these squares ahead of time?

Yes, you can make these squares a day in advance. Store them in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover squares in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I freeze these squares?

Yes, you can freeze the assembled dessert. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, then freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

What can I serve with these squares?

These squares are delicious on their own but can also be served with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

How can I make the dessert healthier?

Use a sugar substitute suitable for baking, reduce the amount of sugar, and use light cream to make the dessert healthier.


Vanilla Custard Cream Squares are a classic and elegant dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. With their flaky puff pastry, rich custard filling, and light dusting of powdered sugar, they’re sure to be a hit. Enjoy making and sharing these delicious squares with your family and friends!