Saturday, May 28, 2016

Weekend Cooking: Vanilla Slice with Passonfruit Glaze

So we're just going to pretend like this isn't my first post in 9 months. We're going to pretend that in the last 9 months I haven't been to America and New Zealand, that I haven't been in a relationship for the first time in 15 years and then not been in a relationship any more, we're going to pretend that I have been posting all about all of these things. Oh, and I am going to pretend that I have been reading lots and lots of books.

Now that we are all caught up, I thought I would share a recipe for one of my absolute favourite things to eat....when it is done well. Over the years I have had some amazing vanilla slices, also known colloquially as 'snot blocks', but I have also had some pretty bland and tasteless slices with a plastic texture to the custard. A good vanilla slice is worth driving for miles for, and I may have taken a detour to small country towns that are famous for their vanilla slices once or twice!

I was kind of surprised when I saw this recipe in the current Diabetic Living magazine, and once I saw it all of a sudden I had an urge to actually try and make vanilla slice for the first time ever. And I have to say I am pretty damned pleased with myself. They turned out really well, and I ended up making it twice in five days! And I might make it again this weekend....maybe. (Edited to add, I have indeed made it again this weekend)

I also got lots of complements for it too which was nice. I was especially  pleased that the custard wasn't plasticky! It was light and creamy and tasty. Well done me!

This is actually a sponsored post, hence the specific brand name for the sweetener.

I would say that I didn't actually make the passionfruit glaze because I don't like passionfruit so I used the icing from another recipe, which I will include below. The first time I did only use the 9 biscuits but because my tin is slightly bigger I ended up using more biscuits the second time because otherwise the biscuits move round too much when you pour the custard over them.

Vanilla Slice with Passionfruit Glaze

 (Serves 18 apparently, or 9 big ones!!)

Cooking Oil Spray, to grease
18 lattice biscuits
1/2 cup custard powder
4 cups skim milk
1 cup Equal Spoonful
2 Tbspn vanilla extract
2 Tbspn fresh passionfruit pulp
1 Tbsnp cornflour
Extra1 Tbspn Equal Spoonful

1. Grease a 20cm square tin with cooking oil. Line base and sides with baking powder

2. Line base of the tin with 9 lattice biscuits in a single layer, leaving a 1cm border. Set aside.

3. Put custard powder in a medium saucepan and whisk in milk in two batches until well combined and smooth. Cook over a medium heat stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until mixture is very thick. Remove from heat and stir in Equal Spoonful and vanilla extract.

4. Pour into prepared tin. Spread surface to smooth. Top with 9 lattice biscuits in a single layer, leaving a 1cm border. Refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight or until set.

5. To make passionfruit glaze, put passion fruit pulp, cornflour and extra Equal Spoonful in a medium bowl and stir until combined. Cut slice into 9 squares, following biscuits as a guide then cut each squre in half to form triangles. Drizzle with passionfruit glaze and serve.

When I made the icing, I used 1 teaspoon of light margarine, 2 tbspn of skim milk and 1 cup of icing sugar and mixed until thoroughly mixed.I might try using a bit of lemon juice one time and see how that works!!

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