German Vanilla Custard Rolls are a must-try pastry made with a fluffy yeast dough and filled with a creamy vanilla custard. They’re best enjoyed warm and sprinkled with powdered sugar for a touch of sweetness. These rolls are light, fluffy, and bursting with vanilla flavor – the perfect treat for any dessert lover. These rolls are a beloved treat in Germany and beyond!
Combine the lukewarm milk, sugar and yeast in a bowl and let soak for 5 min. Then add all the other ingredients and knead a soft but non-sticky dough. (Add some flour if needed.) Cover your dough and let it rise for about 60 min. In the meantime prepare the vanilla custard.
Put milk, chocolate, sugar and vanilla sugar into a small saucepan and heat it up. Sift in the flour bit by bit while stirring constantly. Bring the mixture to boil and take the vanilla pudding from the stove. Now whisk in the egg yolks.
By now your dough should have doubled its size. Divide it in 10 balls. Roll them out with a rolling pin to 10 rectangles. Put about 4 tablespoons of the custard on one long side of the dough rectangle and fold the short sides in slightly. Then roll them up and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Now let them rise for another 20 min covered up.
You may fill your german rolls with chocolate filling if you like. Just use dark chocolate for the custard instead the white one and leave out the vanilla sugar.