Vanilla slice recipe

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Vanilla slice recipe
Vanilla slice recipe
Servings:Servings: 10 - (slices)
Calories per serving:605
Ready in:50 minutes
Prep. time:30 minutes
Incl. resting pastry / oven warming
Cook time:20 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:21st January 2013
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This recipe came as a visitor request and after a little research it seems for some reason this dessert is peculiar to Australia and New Zealand. I have tried this out and it's quite good, though fairly filling.


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Ingredients

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Lemon icing


Mise en place

  • Preheat the oven to 200° C (400° F - gas 6), [fan oven 180° C & reduce cooking time by 10 mins per hour]

Method

  1. Leave the pastry at room temperature for a little while before rolling
  2. Cut the contents of packet in half and roll out each piece into 30 cm squares
  3. Place each square on an un-greased baking tray and stab all over with the tines/prongs of a fork to lessen the chance of it rising too much
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes or until browned
  5. Carefully trim each sheet to about 23 cm square and pat any risen areas back down with your hands
  6. Line a 23 cm square baking tray with tin-foil and allow plenty of overlap for easy removal
  7. Place one sheet of the pastry in the foil
  8. Add the sugar, cornflour and custard powder to a cold saucepan, add a little milk and combine to a paste
  9. Whisk in the remaining milk and mix well
  10. Add the butter, heat the pan and gently bring to the boil, stirring often
  11. Reduce the heat, stir in the vanilla essence and simmer for 3 minutes to thicken
  12. Whisk the egg yolks in a separate bowl and then whisk into the pan
  13. Pour the hot custard over the first piece of puff pastry, cover with the second sheet and pat down so it comes into contact with the custard everywhere

Lemon icing

  1. Beat the lemon juice and zest in with the butter. It may help to microwave the butter for a few seconds to soften first
  2. Beat in the icing sugar and add a little water if needed
  3. Allow the sandwich to cool then spread the icing evenly over the top
  4. Chill in the refrigerator

Serving suggestions

Cut into slices and dust with a little icing sugar

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