Recipe

Vanilla slice

Dotted with tell-tale passionfruit seeds, this classic vanilla slice recipe is a true Aussie icon. Be prepared to lose your dignity at any attempt eat with a fork.

  • 20 mins preparation
  • 20 mins cooking
  • Makes 16
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Ingredients

Vanilla slice
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup cornflour
  • 1/2 cup custard powder
  • 1 litre milk
  • 60 gram butter
  • 2 egg-yolks
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Passionfruit icing
  • 1 1/2 cup icing-sugar mixture
  • 2 teaspoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon passionfruit pulp
  • 2 teaspoon water

Method

Vanilla slice
  • 1
    Preheat oven to very hot, 220°C. Lightly grease and line a 20 x 30cm slice pan with baking paper.
  • 2
    Grease and line 2 baking trays. Place pastry sheets on oven trays. Bake for l0-12 minutes, until golden. Gently flatten pastry with hand. Trim pastry to cover base of prepared pan.
  • 3
    In a jug, combine sugar, cornflour and custard powder. Add a little of the milk to form a smooth paste. Place paste in a large pan with remaining milk and stir until smooth.
  • 4
    Add butter and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, for 5 minutes or until mixture is thick and smooth. Remove from heat. Add egg-yolks and vanilla. Pour over prepared pastry sheet. Top with remaining trimmed pastry sheet. Chill for 1 hour.
  • 5
    Meanwhile to make passionfruit icing; combine icing sugar, butter and passionfruit pulp in a small heat-proof bowl. Stir in enough water to make a smooth paste. Place over saucepan of simmering water and heat gently, stirring for 2-3 minutes until mixture is of spreadable consistency. Spread over pastry. Chill for 20 minutes until set. Cut into squares.

Notes

Continue stirring custard mixture while heating until boiling to prevent any lumps forming.

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