Potato Buns Recipe

Image credit: Cookidoo International

We might not remember our childhood that much but at least we remember the taste of this delicious potato bun! Soft to the touch, this potato bun will make you want more of it with each bite. The delectable taste of custard on top makes it even better. Try baking this childhood nostalgia with this easy recipe today!

Potato Buns

Image credit: Cookidoo International
Servings 24
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours


Potato buns

  • 200 g Russet potatoes, cut into cubes (1 cm)
  • 70 g Water
  • 120 g Fresh milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp Dried yeast
  • 70 g Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 450 g Bread flour
  • 40 g Butter softened, plus extra for greasing or 40 g olive oil, plus extra for greasing
  • tsp Salt

Custard cream

  • 300 g Fresh milk
  • 10 g Butter
  • tsp All-purpose flour
  • 15 g cornflour (starch)
  • 75 g Sugar
  • 3 Egg yolk
  • 2 tsp custard powder, instant
  • 1 Egg lightly beaten


Potato buns

  • Place potatoes and water in a mixing bowl, cook 8 min/100C/speed 1. Blend 30 sec/speed 5. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside. Clean mixing bowl.
  • Place milk, dried yeast, sugar and egg in a mixing bowl, mix 1 min 30 sec/37C/speed 2.
  • Add high protein flour, butter, reserved potatoes and salt, and knead for 4 min/. Transfer dough to a large bowl, cover with a damp kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place until doubled in size (approx. 1 hour). Grease 2 baking trays (20 cm x 20 cm) with butter. Set aside. Clean mixing bowl.

Custard cream

  • Place milk, butter, vanilla extract, plain flour, cornflour, sugar, egg yolks and custard powder in a mixing bowl, cook 10 min/90C/speed 2 until thickened. Transfer to a bowl, cover with cling film and set aside.
  • Divide dough into 24 pieces, form each into a ball and place them on a prepared baking tray (1.5 cm apart). Cover with a damp kitchen towel and let rise again in a warm place until doubled in size (approx. 1 hour). During the last 10 minutes of proofing, preheat the oven to 170C. Brush dough with a lightly beaten egg using a pastry brush. Transfer reserved custard cream to a piping bag and pipe custard cream on the dough surface in a cross pattern.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes (170C) or until golden brown. Remove buns from the tray and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack before serving.


  • To avoid the dough sticking to your kitchen towel while rising, you can use cling film, plastic wrap or a pastry mat instead.
  • Always preheat your oven before baking. The baking time and temperature illustrated here are general guidelines. Make necessary adjustments on the time and temperature to suit your oven.
  • If local potatoes are used, reduce fresh milk to 100 g; they contain more water compared to Russet potatoes.
  • Serve remaining custard with ice cream, fruit crumble, apple strudel or use it as filling for cream puffs or pie.

Recipe credit: Cookidoo International

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