When I was kid I would always ask for vanilla slice from the tuckshop at school. Usually it would have pink and white icing on top, sometimes no icing just a sprinkle of icing sugar…either way I would be handing over my pocket money for this sweet treat.
This version of my Aussie school favourite uses custard powder so you won’t be using dozens of egg yolks to recreate the custard. It’s straight forward, just remember that it needs time to chill and set so make it the night before if taking it a function or the like.
Enjoy the custardy sweet fun of this little treat!
Aussie vanilla slice
2 sheets puff pastry
1 cup sugar
½ cup custard powder
4 cups milk
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or 2 tspn vanilla essence)
Passionfruit icing (optional)
1 cup icing sugar
1 tspn soft butter
2 tbspn passionfruit pulp
1 teaspoon milk
- Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees (fan forced)
- Place puff pastry on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in oven for 5 – 10 minutes until the pastry puffs
- Remove from oven and place a clean tea towel on top of the pastry and flatten (I wear baking gloves when doing this)
- Line a square baking tin with baking paper and place one sheet of puff pastry in the base – set aside
- Mix sugar, cornflour and custard powder into a saucepan add a little milk and mix to a paste then place on medium heat
- Continue to add milk a little at a time. Add butter and continue to stir
- Lower heat and continue to simmer for five minutes (the mixture will get lumpy, don’t panic just keep stirring the mixture until it becomes smooth and thick)
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and egg yolks
- Pour mixture over pastry in lined baking tin and smooth the top with a back of a spoon and ensure mixture is even. Place other puff pastry sheet on top and press down firmly
- Place in fridge to set and chill for a minimum of five hours. Then slice and serve!
- (Optional icing) To make icing sift icing sugar into a bowl then add softened butter and passionfruit pulp and mix with a spoon till thick. Add milk if needed – ice chilled slice.
Newbie song suggestion: We Are the Same – Lurch & Chief – This will get you dancing in the kitchen! Her voice in this track is fantastic!
Oldie song suggestion: Sounds of Then – GanggaJang – So Australia, so necessary! I saw these guys perform this classic at Woodford Folk Festival this year as part of our ABC live broadcast. They’ve still got it!