So it turns out custard powder is actually vegan. Better yet, I found a custard powder that is completely natural (no nasty artificial colours or flavourings) in my local health food shop.
Once I discovered this, I knew I had to make some custard creams! They’re a classic British biscuit and a particular favourite of mine.
I used the same biscuit base recipe as I did for the Vegan Jammy Dodgers I made a couple of weeks back and even experimented with a gluten-free option which I’m pleased to say tasted really good!
Simply swap the plain flour for gluten-free all purpose flour and making sure the custard powder you’re using doesn’t contain any hidden gluten ingredients.
I couldn’t find a rectangular cookie cutter so I improvised and use a lid of a Colman’s mustard tin!
Worked perfectly… although ideally I would have loved to use this custard cream cookie stamp – how cute is it??
But since it’s Valentines day soon I used some small heart shaped cookie cutters to emboss some heart patterns on the top instead :-)
- 150 g / 2/3 cup vegan butter, I used Vitalite dairy-free spread
- 2 tbsp custard powder
- 75 g / 1/3 cup caster sugar
- 180 g / 1½ cups plain flour, can substitute equal amounts of gluten-free all purpose flour
Custard cream filling
- 75 g / 1/3 cup vegan butter, I used Vitalite dairy-free spread
- 125 g / 1 cup icing sugar
- 2 tbsp custard powder
- Preheat the oven to 180C / 370F and line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper.
- In a large bowl, cream together the vegan butter, custard powder and sugar until smooth.
- Add the flour in a small amount at a time and continue to mix the dough until completely smooth and it balls together. If it's still crumbly, keep mixing or add a little more butter.
- Knead the dough until smooth and roll to about 1/2 cm thickness. Use a rectangular cookie cutter to cut out the cookie shapes and transfer them to the baking sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes until lightly golden brown. Leave to cool whilst you prepare the custard filling.
- Whisk the vegan butter and gradually add in the icing sugar and custard powder. Don't thin it out as it needs to be thick.
- Once the biscuits are cooled, pipe (or spoon) the custard buttercream filling on half the biscuits and sandwich with the rest of the cookies.
- Keeps for 3 days in the fridge or 1 day at room temperature. Enjoy!