Sunday, July 31, 2011

new recipe saturday

Vanilla slice

Vanilla Slice


  • 2 bought puff pastry sheets
  • 250ml (1 cup) milk
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 3/4 cup cornflour
  • 1/2 cup custard powder
  • 220g (1 cup) caster sugar
  • 750ml (3 cups) thickened cream
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • Icing sugar, to dust


  1. Preheat oven to 210°C. Line a 23cm square pan with aluminium foil, so that the foil comes up over the sides (this allows you to lift out the slice).
  2. Place each pastry sheet on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper, then bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside to cool. Once cool, place 1 pastry sheet, cooked-side up, in bottom of pan. (You may need to trim it slightly to fit.)
  3. Place milk in a pan over medium heat. Scrape in vanilla seeds and add bean too. Warm gently, then set aside for 10 minutes.
  4. Place cornflour, custard powder and caster sugar in a pan. Strain milk, discarding bean, into pan with cornflour and whisk until smooth. Add cream, then return to heat, stirring constantly, over low heat until the mixture thickens and boils. Add butter, stirring well to combine, then remove from heat and whisk in egg yolks, one at a time, until smooth. Pour into pastry-lined pan and set aside to cool slightly before placing other piece of pastry, cooked-side up, on top. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Remove from pan, cut into squares and dust with icing sugar.

I have become a crazy baking lady since we've moved. Mostly cakes and cupcakes but i think this week I need to branch out to vanilla slice. Maybe some other slice as well. Jack's new school is nut free so I'm trying to make him stuff to take rather than muesli bars etc, that may contain traces of nuts. He's loving all this baked stuff in his lunch box and that's fine with me. I think vanilla slice has afternoon tea written all over it. Yumo. 

Are you baking anything this week? Tell me about it!


  1. Oh my GOODNESS!! My favourite dessert ever. :D

  2. I'm not always a fan of snot blocks but have been wanting to make some for a few weeks and yours looks fab. This week I am baking a reflective essay, hopefully I'll make something more interesting next week. Btw do you think maybe you're taking the saying 'one in the oven' a bit too literally perhaps? :)


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