Recipe

Vanilla slice

An Australian classic, this rich and creamy slice is beautiful served with a mug of coffee. The combination of passionfruit icing and decadent vanilla custard goes beautifully together.

  • 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
  • 3 cup milk
  • 300 millilitre carton thickened cream
  • 60 gram butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Icing
  • 2 1/2 cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 20 gram butter
  • 3 tablespoon passion fruit pulp

Method

Vanilla slice
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 220°C. Lightly grease a 23cm square cake pan and line with baking paper, leaving a 2cm overhang.
  • 2
    Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Bake pastry sheets for 10-12 minutes until golden. Gently flatten pastry with hand. Trim pastry sheets to fit base of prepared cake pan. Lay 1 sheet in pan.
  • 3
    In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornflour and custard powder. Combine milk and cream in a bowl. Add a little to the sugar mixture to form a paste. Blend remaining milk mixture into sugar mixture, stirring until smooth.
  • 4
    Add butter and bring to the boil on medium, stirring. Reduce heat to very low and simmer, stirring, for 4-5 minutes until mixture is thick and smooth. Remove from heat. Add egg yolks and vanilla bean paste. Pour over pastry sheet. Top with remaining sheet. Chill for 1 hour.
  • 5
    Combine icing sugar and butter in a small heatproof bowl. Stir in enough passion fruit pulp to make a smooth paste. Place over a saucepan of simmering water, and heat gently, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until mixture is a spreadable consistency. Spread over pastry. Chill for 30 minutes until set. Cut into squares to serve.

Notes

This slice is best made the day before serving. Line base and 2 sides of cake pan with 1 piece of baking paper. Repeat with remaining 2 slides. These will act as levers when removing slice.

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