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Vanilla Slice Recipe

This classic slice is an Australian icon. We’ve put a twist on it with zingy passionfruit icing and served it with Nerada Royal Devonshire with Smooth Vanilla for the ultimate high-tea at home.

Ingredients

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

Passionfruit icing

  • 1 cup (150g) pure icing sugar, sifted
  • Pulp of 2-3 passionfruit

Method

  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. To make icing, combine icing sugar and passionfruit. Remove slice from pan, and drizzle with icing. Cut the vanilla slice into bars and serve.