Monday, September 17, 2007

Vanilla Slice

I love these. Back home we used to have a bakery down the street where I'd go to get this treat (or an apple cake mmm) maybe once every couple of weeks, unfortunately I haven't seen these delectables anywhere I've been in the States. They are easy to make, and really tasty to eat.

2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed and cut to fit a 9 X 9 inch baking tin
7.5 oz vanilla custard powder
3 cups milk
2.25 cups cream
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup salted butter (cut into pieces)

1. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Place the puff pastry sheets on the parchment, in a single layer. Place a second baking tray over the top.

2. Bake on 350F for around 25-30 min or until the sheets have puffed up, and golden.

3. While the sheets are baking, make the custard filling. In a bowl place the custard powder and sugar, and a small amount of milk and whisk until there are no lumps.

4. In a medium saucepan, put in the milk, the cream, and the custard mixture. Stir constantly until it thickens, and then add the butter.

5. Allow to cool.

6. Place the baked puff pastry on a cooling rack.

7. When both the pastry and the custard are fairly cool, place one of the puff pastry sheets on the bottom of the baking tin.

8. Pour over the thick custard mixture, and smooth with the back of a spoon.

9. Place the other puff pastry on top.

10. Put in the fridge for at least 3 hours.

11. Cut into slices, and serve with icing sugar sprinkled over the top.


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Rasa Malaysia said...

Yummy looking. I really should learn to bake more goods!

rhid said...

Thanks very much Rasa Malaysia! You have a beautiful blog as well (you seem to love seafood)).

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Anonymous said...

oh, I used to get these at a bakery near my gram's when I was a kid! They charged $2 for them then. It was a big treat for me. Can't wait to try making these at home.

rhid said...

I used to get these as a kid as well - loved them!

Anonymous said...

The vanilla slices look delicious! I can't wait to try them. Great Blog.

Allen said...

These are gorgeous -- I bet they taste amazing!

Anonymous said...

Vanilla Slice!

Growing up in the North of England, these were the absolute best thing ever to come out of almost every Bakery.

Yours look perfect.

Jules said...

I adore these. They are one of my favourite pastries. Yours look so good you've inspired me to have a go at making my own.

Cathie said...

OMG!!!! I love these!! I'm always totally homesick for the cakeshop when I look at your blog!!! I HAVE to give these a go. Thanks so much for posting this recipe.

rhid said...

Hi Cathie - the book I use that has a lot of the Aussie recipes in it is the Donna Hay one. It's a good book and has quite a few Aussie staples (Anzac biscuits, a different version of vanilla slice, lamingtons etc). A pretty book as well (loads of picts).

grocer said...

hey, you need to check out stickyfinger's blog
even if it is vicarious vanilla slice consumption!

rhid said...

grocer that's a fab blog! I had no idea that there was a blog dedicated to the humble vanilla slice!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I bookmarked your "vanilla slice" post after seeing it on tastespotting....Yummy looking

Finally ready to make it.

Just a few ??

Is the vanilla custard powder you refer to the same as Bird's Custard Powder that came up with my google search. if not what brand do you use.

lastly, what kind of cream should I use?

thanks.........and hope things are OK and you are blogging again soon


Anonymous said...

Looks incredibly delicious, found your recipe via google, yours looks nice and simple and scrumptious, will try it out on family, thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hi rhid,
When you say "allow to cool", can the mixture be refrigerated?


rhid said...

Sure Bill it can be cooled in the fridge, but you have to make sure it doesn't form a skin, so keep on stirring it and you should be fine!

Anonymous said...

Thanks rhid - great recipe, I've made it twice now!


Bethie said...

I can not find Birds Custard Powder here in Virginia, do you think you could substitute instant vanilla pudding? Thanks! I want to make this sooooo bad. It looks divine.

rhid said...

Hi Bethie,

I'd say yes as long as the pudding 'sets up' - that is as long as it becomes firm. The idea is that this can be made in a big slab and then cut into slices, so having a cream/pudding/custard that sets is essential.

Good luck - and tell me how it turns out!


Bethie said...

Thanks and I will.

O V Gillies said...

Mmmmmmm Love these! Happy I found this recipe & will try it at some point.

cocoa and coconut said...

This is my ABSOLUTE favourite baked good! I melt at the sight of your delicious little treats :) That custard looks very very lush

Anonymous said...

I am going to make these Vanilla Slice, but I just want to check the quantity of the custard powder. Is it 7.5ozs (as in 210gms)?? Can you please conirm or correct the amount. It seems quite a lot ... but I'll give it a go! Thanks.