Vanilla slices are a pudding that everyone can enjoy. They're great soft comfort food with a rich icing on top that makes your whole body un-tense when you bite into them and gives you plenty of energy for the day. Here we will look at vanilla slices, why they are so delicious and how you can go about making your own.
What You Will Need
If you want to make your own vanilla slices you will need:
Puff pastry (made with 100g flour)
Flour for rolling
2 Table spoons of jam
White glace icing
Making your own custard and icing
That vanilla custard though is best made yourself. For this you will need 1 egg and 1 more egg yolk, a quarter cup of caster sugar, three tablespoons of plain flour, 250 ml of milk and just a few drops of vanilla essence. To make, add the eggs and egg yolk in first, beat and then add the flour and milk before heating in a saucepan and boiling with the vanilla essence.
To make the icing meanwhile you will need three quarters of a cup of icing sugar (sieved), four tablespoons of water, and half a tablespoon of strained lemon or orange juice. You can add a little coloring if you like to spruce it up. In order to make the icing you are generally going to beat while warming in a pan until the icing thickly coats the back of your spoon. You can use more water to thin it out, or more icing sugar to thicken.
First heat your oven to 220 degrees Celsius.
Next roll the pastry so that it's 1 cm thick, making sure that you floured the area to prevent sticking.
Now cut your pastry into eight separate oblong pieces that are ten by two centimeters.
Bake this for 20 minutes and allow the pastry to rise
Leave to cool
Now when cool, split the pastry in half cross-ways.
Fill the pastry with the custard and sandwich it in. If you wish to make your own custard then you can do so by using the ingredients above – otherwise you can just buy it and fill it in that way.
Now spread the glace icing on top of both slices. Again you can make this yourself using the advice above or you can buy it ready made depending on how much you want to impress your guests. Make sure to flatten it with a fish slice or something else.
If you want to add to the presentation then there are various ways you can do so by using other colors of icing and making stripes or swirls and this will add to the 'wow' factor.
And that's how to make a vanilla slice – it's surprisingly easy and especially if you used bought custard and icing. You can also try altering this recipe in several ways – for instance you can make your own pastry, or you can try using lemon custard instead of vanilla in order to make a vanilla slice. There are many variations on this vanilla slice recipe that can be found online. Use the advice and make your own up to come up with the slices you can enjoy the most.
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As an owner of a café, I will often buy in some wholesale vanilla slices. This is because it sometimes takes too long for my staff to make a homemade vanilla slice.
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