Vanilla Custard Slice With Passion Fruit Icing

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Vanilla custard slice

Vanilla custard slice

Vanilla Custard Slice With Passion Fruit Icing is a very delicious slice, beautiful as a dessert. I have always wanted to make this slice ever since the first time I saw it in The Australian Women’s Weekly cookbook long time ago because I love custard.

Then recently another wonderful food blogger, Conor, posted it on her lovely blog, Hold The Beef. When I read that her mom must have made it over 100 times, I told myself I just have to make it as soon as possible!

I made it on a Saturday morning recently for my family and also to share with a friend. My family liked it very much and so did my friend. In the afternoon another 2 friends dropped and they liked it very much too. That proves that this is really a very delicious slice. I’m sure I will be making it very often and I hope you give it a try too.

However, I do find that the puff pastry layers (top and bottom) of the slice were a little chewy. I would prefer it to be a little crunchy so that it’s easy to cut through with a spoon. May be someone can enlighten me on that.

The recipe is actually very simple and easy. I made a little adjustment to the recipe though, usually in the sugar.

Ingredients A
2 sheets ready rolled puff pastry

Baked puff pastry

Baked puff pastry

Lay the 2 pieces of puff pastry on a baking tray and bake for about 10-15 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius. It will puff up like in the picture above. Remove from the oven and using a clean tea towel, press it to flatten. Be careful of the hot steam.

Line a tin (I used a cake tin) with baking paper. The best is if you can have a tin the size of the pastry otherwise you can just trim to fit. Lay one piece of the pastry at the bottom of the tin. The other one is for the top later.

Ingredients B (custard)
3/4 C sugar
1/2 C corn flour
1/2 C custard powder
1 litre milk
60 g butter
2 egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients C (passion fruit icing)
1C icing sugar
1t butter
pulp of 1 passion fruit

Creamy custard

Creamy custard

Put all of Ingredients B into a pot to cook under low to medium fire. Keep stirring with a whisk. I didn’t split up the steps to cook custard and yet it didn’t fail. Just keep stirring and it will soon thicken to a beautiful, glossy custard like in the picture here. Remove from heat and pour it over the pastry. Place the other pastry over the custard, flattened side down. Leave to chill for a few hours.

Vanilla custard slice ready to be iced

Vanilla custard slice ready to be iced

Put Ingredients C in a bowl and stir it with a fork until the sugar, better and pulp are all incorporated. Then whisk it for a while with the fork until it turns light. It’s very quick and little washing to do. Spread the icing onto the cold slice and cut into smaller pieces to serve.

Do you like custard? Do you have a favourite dessert using custard? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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Coconut Rocky Road Slice
Peanuts Coconut Cornflakes Slice
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Condensed Milk Pine Nuts Slice
Condensed Milk Maltesers Slice

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penny aka jeroxie  on April 23rd, 2010

YUM! I always love a good slice. And yes I do love custard. Just plain old vanilla custard slice.

3hungrytummies  on April 23rd, 2010

I love vanilla slice even not very good ones lol. This looks fantastic Mary!
I am making Kuching laksa tmr since you are missing it, will post it next week :)

Priya  on April 23rd, 2010

Looks like french millefeuilles dessert, such a gorgeous custard slice, looks fantastic..

SathyaSridhar  on April 23rd, 2010

woooow,,same sweeet me too posted custard recipe ur’s looks great dear n came out perfect dear..

kristy  on April 23rd, 2010

My goodness, this recipe has been in my list-to-do for a long long time! How nice of you, Mary, for baking it! hehe… So, I’ll wait here infront of my printer ya! hahaha….
Have a great weekend!
Blessings, Kristy

the lacquer spoon  on April 23rd, 2010

Passion fruity custard… wow! Definitely, I need more than one piece :)

sushma mallya  on April 23rd, 2010

Yummy cake, loved its frosting…

Melanie Heavenly  on April 23rd, 2010

This looks so divine! I wish I could find one to buy. I love custard slices and I adore passion fruit. This looks pretty time consuming to make though :-( If only I had the time…………

Mary  on April 23rd, 2010

@penny aka jeroxie - We are sharing similar favourite again! :D

@3hungrytummies - Haha…you are so funny! :D Now you can try this one…very delicious…mmm. You don;t have to see the not very good ones any more. Kuching laksa is just so delicious. Can’t wait to see on your blog. It’s sure a long time to wait…haha :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@SathyaSridhar - We must be thinking and craving of the same thing…custard! :D I have checked out yours. My goodness….it’s absolutely gorgeous…like rainbow! I’ll include the link here.

@kristy - We must be famous for postponing…haha :D Just need a moment of inspiration to help us kick start! Don’t print out….make it, my dear Kristy…haha :D You have a nice weekend, too.

@the lacquer spoon - I’ll make a big one for you then :D No, I’ll make one huge one to share so that we don’t fight over it … haha :D

@sushma mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! It’s my first time to use passion fruit for frosting and it’s really delicious..mmm :D

@Melanie Heavenly - Oh no, save your money…don’t buy. This one is really easy to make. I should have known that long ago. You only need to buy the ready rolled puff pastry. Custard is short cut. You save more time and money making your own than going out to buy. I’m so glad I tried it! :D

DG  on April 23rd, 2010

Your custard cream looks shiny & delicious, some more with the passion fruit icing on top. Hm … yummy. I usually only got chance to eat custard which is inside the custard puff.

Margaret  on April 23rd, 2010

Looks fabulous. I am amazed at how you have managed to cut the slice so expertly.

Angie's Recipes  on April 23rd, 2010

This vanilla custard slice looks fantastic! And passion fruit icing! wow! You have got me crave for some creamy sweet treat now!

Mary  on April 23rd, 2010

@DG - Awwww…you poor thing! Come and I will make a big tray for you and you can eat to your heart’s content! :D But it’s way, way faster and cheaper to make yourself than taking a flight here :P

@Margaret - A very sharp knife does the trick! :D

@Angie’s Recipes - My own picture got me craving again now..haha! :D I have to make again real soon!

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pegasuslegend  on April 23rd, 2010

It doesnt get any better than this homemade dessert very elegant and perfect done nice job Mary~

Shirley  on April 23rd, 2010

Gosh this must be simply delicious!

sheba  on April 23rd, 2010

Divine!!!I would love a slice!

Lyndsey  on April 23rd, 2010

Now this is something even I could bake! All I need is a good reason to make it or we’ll eat it all ourselves.

When I was in New Zealand in bought The Australian Women’s Weekly cookbook. I love the recipes in mine. That reminds me I haven’t looked at it in a while…

Treat and Trick  on April 23rd, 2010

Wow…so lovely and delicious slice, what a creative way to use puff pastry…..

anncoo  on April 23rd, 2010

WOW Mary! I definitely going to make this. I’m drooling over it now…

divya  on April 23rd, 2010

Gosh this must be simply delicious!

Kristi Rimkus  on April 23rd, 2010

I love custards, the passion fruit icing is a fantastic touch!

Mary  on April 23rd, 2010

@pegasuslegend - Thanks very much, Claudia! :D

@Shirley - Thanks very much, Shirley! :D

@sheba - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Sheba! :D

@Lyndsey - A great idea to make and share with friends. I always enjoy that so that I don’t eat too much! :D I love the Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks. They are very easy to follow.

@Treat and Trick - Thanks very much! :D

@anncoo - Haha…have fun baking, Ann! :D I’ll drool when I see yours..LOL

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

@Kristi Rimkus - Thanks very much, Kristi! :D

Mary  on April 23rd, 2010

Mary, these look wonderful. I’ve finally found a source for custard powder, so I should be able to try these. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

5 Star Foodie  on April 23rd, 2010

The vanilla custard looks so luscious and I just love the idea of passion fruit icing, sounds fantastic!

TasteHongKong  on April 23rd, 2010

Yes, would love to try the custard with passion fruits. I bet it is refreshing.

Roti n Rice  on April 23rd, 2010

Looks like a very yummy slice. I would love to try this as a cool dessert is nice for this time of the year.

Jeannie  on April 23rd, 2010

Looks good with the layer of passion fruit icing. I used to cook custard like the tradition kueh version. Hmmm…all the more reason to search for that puff pastry!

pierre  on April 23rd, 2010

hi >Mary
your dessert is a jewel !!! Pierre de Paris

xiaoyen  on April 23rd, 2010

So creamy! We love banana cream pie and passion cream pie is another great dessert. I don’t think I can find fresh passion fruit where I live, probably would have to use frozen ones.

Namitha  on April 23rd, 2010

Such a wonderful desert…The icing sounds very interesting too..Hve a great week end Mary !

Cinda  on April 23rd, 2010

That’s is just so Aussie and just so me!! I’ve always loved this but I’ve never tried to make it and now it’s on my to-do list!
Well done!!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on April 23rd, 2010

That’s a whopping slice of custard! My husband would love it.

Mary  on April 23rd, 2010

@Mary - Great to know that you have found the place to buy the custard flour. Have fun baking! :D Have a wonderful weekend.

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@TasteHongKong - Give a try. It’s very delicious. Have fun baking! :D

@Roti n Rice - This is a very nice dessert for any time. My family and friends love it very much :D

@Jeannie - I hope you can find the ready rolled puff pastry there but it can be expensive back home. You are very good in baking, I’m sure you can make the puff pastry yourself. Have fun baking :D

@pierre - Thanks very much, Pierre! :D

@xiaoyen - Mmm…I would love to try banana and passion fruit pies. Sounds delicious. I’m sure frozen ones will do. Have fun baking :D

@Namitha - Thanks very much, Namitha! :D

@Cinda - Oh….didn’t know this is an Aussie dessert. Glad I have learned it. Hope you try it out soon. Have fun baking :D

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Time to pamper your hubby! :D

Sook  on April 23rd, 2010

Oh wow, Mary, the slice does look beautiful! I also love custard. Mmmm

Kamalika  on April 23rd, 2010

Passion fruite icing thats new to me…loved the recipe….thanks for sharing this worderful recipe…

Anna  on April 23rd, 2010

I absolutely love desserts with passion fruit. But here is so difficult to find them and when you find the price knocks your socks off, Loved the combination, looks delicious and luscious.

Janice  on April 23rd, 2010

ooh that looks delicious!

Mary  on April 23rd, 2010

@Sook - Thanks very much, Sook! :D

@Kamalika - Thanks very much, Kamalika! :D

@Anna - May be if you ever go for holiday, you can buy some if they are cheap and then bring home and freeze them. I have to do with some herbs or spices here. Or maybe you can use a different icing. Give a try. I find this slice very delicious :D

@Janice - Thanks very much, Janice! :D

lequan@luvtoeat  on April 23rd, 2010

I’ve never tried the combo of pssion fruit and custard before. This dessert sounds and looks mouth-watering Mary. Thank you again for sharing.
I think my favorite is this egg custard my mom makes. It’s kind of like a creme brûlée but she makes it durian flavor especially for me. There’s definitely something special about a Mom’s cooking/baking. Hope you have a lovely weekend Mary :-D

Faith  on April 23rd, 2010

This is a beautiful dessert, Mary! It reminds me of Napoleons. I know it would be a hit in my family!

hopeeternal  on April 23rd, 2010

This is one of my Dad’s favourites: we love cream slices and custard slices. I am planning to make something similar for his up-coming birthday. I love the idea of having passionfruit with it. Yum!

Velva  on April 23rd, 2010

I can see why you wanted to make this vanilla custard slice. This looks awesome! I love the creamy texture of this dessert.

Angie  on April 23rd, 2010

That looks so good, can you send me a sample, LOL.

Drick  on April 23rd, 2010

skip the pastry - just eat the custard and passion fruit topping

Tuty @Scentofspice  on April 23rd, 2010

Delicious desserts (or anytime snack for me). BTW, I’ve seen different brands of custard powder and I have not used this product before. Would you mind recommending a good brand?

Mary  on April 24th, 2010

@lequan@luvtoeat - This is also my first time trying. I’m so glad I did cos everyone liked it :D Wow….durian flavour egg custard! Now I’m craving for it. I can just imagine the lovely flavour…mmm. Your mom is such an amazing cook. Have a nice weekend too.

@Faith - I learned something new…Napolean. It does look quite similar. Thanks very much for sharing, Faith! :D

@hopeeternal - It’s exciting that your dad’s birthday is coming soon. Would be so fun celebrating for him. I’m sure he would be so happy :D

@Velva - I’m really glad that I made it at last. Should have made it long time ago…haha :D

@Angie - Of course I can if I could…a big piece! :D

@Drick - Haha…..that’s such a big piece of awesome advice, Drick!!! :D I will do that next time.

@Tuty @Scentofspice - I have always used Bird’s Custard which comes in a tin. It gives a very beautiful flavour. I have not tried other brand. Have fun baking :D

Yummy Koh  on April 24th, 2010

Wow…. keyboard flooded with saliva liao. Anymore, cannot wait to make for myself….

Sinful Southern Sweets  on April 24th, 2010

Looks fabulous!!

Simply Life  on April 24th, 2010

what a perfect slice!

Mary  on April 24th, 2010

@Yummy Koh - Haha…you are so funny! :D It’s very simple & quick to make. Hope you try it soon.

@Sinful Southern Sweets - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D

@Simply Life - Thanks very much! :D

Joanne  on April 24th, 2010

I love vanilla custard! It looks delicious sandwiched between that puff pastry.

Cheah  on April 24th, 2010

Wow Mary, that’s a pretty slice. Too bad I can’t partake in them!

skip to malou  on April 24th, 2010

i stared at the luscious slice and i heard it calling my name… this looks heavenly mary. i love passion fruit as well.. and the custard.. i just want to put my finger into the mixing bowl and lick it hhihi!

The Kitchen Masochist  on April 24th, 2010

That’s an elegant-looking dessert, Mary.

I’ve never tried vanilla custard with passion fruit. It’s difficult to go wrong with both flavors and I’m sure yours is a delicious one.

Note to self: Learn how to make your own puff pastry cos they’re prohibitvely expensive here when available.

tasteofbeirut  on April 24th, 2010


This looks indeed delicious! I am reminded of the French mille-feuilles here, my favorite pastry ever!

shirley@køkken69  on April 24th, 2010

Your custard looks so wonderfully silky smooth! I bet they taste wonderful with the pastry!

tigerfish  on April 25th, 2010

Custard reminds me of custard puff! I really prefer custard puffs to cream puffs but cream puffs are definitely more common. Love custard.

Mary  on April 25th, 2010

@Joanne - I have fallen in love after my first bite…haha :D

@Cheah - Thanks very much, Cheah! It’s really simple to make so you can try. I’m making again soon :D

@skip to malou - Imagine if there’s a tray right in front of us now? We will both dive into it…haha :D

@The Kitchen Masochist - Thanks very much! :D I would have to learn the puff pastry too. It’s not cheap here. It cost about 1 pound for a piece! That’s expensive when flour is so cheap. Hope to try soon.

@tasteofbeirut - Thanks very much! I have just checked out about the French mille-feuilles. It looks very delicious too….mmm. I would love to make that next time :D

@shirley@køkken69 - Thanks very much, Shirley! I love custard, so it tastes wonderful with or without the pastry to me :D But it sure looks impressive and tastes better with the pastry and the passion fruit icing.

@tigerfish - Thanks very much for sharing. I have not learned custard puffs. Would love to try that. I bet I can make it like curry puffs shape with the custard wrapped inside. Must be very delicious….mmm. Would love to try that :D

peteformation  on April 25th, 2010

Haven’t tried using Passion fruit in cooking. This is interesting!

Kristi@Ja Cie Kocham  on April 25th, 2010

Yum! I love how the custard looks between the puffed pastry…very elegant! I also love how simple it is!

Kitchen Butterfly  on April 25th, 2010

It looks lovely. I love custard too and puff pastry! Would prickling or lightly scoring the pastry sheets before baking prevent them from become chewy? I don’t know.

Mary  on April 25th, 2010

@peteformation - It was my first time to use passion fruit in desserts….surprised how good it was! :D

@Kristi@Ja Cie Kocham - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Kristi! :D Give a try, it’s very simple.

@Kitchen Butterfly - Thanks very much! The next time I make this slice again, I will prick the pastry before baking. It’s always good to try. I didn’t think of that. Thanks very much for suggesting :D

Julie Lynn  on April 25th, 2010


Every dessert you make looks so delicious. =)

uma  on April 25th, 2010

awesome!.. passion fruit is so refreshing!

peachkins  on April 25th, 2010

I love custard!

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on April 25th, 2010

Mary, your Vanilla Custard Slice is very intriguing. I’ve just had lunch. Really want to have a slice, feeling very hungry again. :P

Mary  on April 25th, 2010

@Julie Lynn - Thanks very much, Julie! :D

@uma - Thanks very much, Uma! :D

@peachkins - Lovely to know that! :D

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Haha…time to make this…really simple! :D

sms  on April 26th, 2010

wow amazing cake

Bo  on April 26th, 2010

Wow! This looks fantastic!

Mary  on April 26th, 2010

@sms - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment! :D

@Bo - Thank very much, Bo! :D

joylicious  on April 26th, 2010

Mary, this looks AMAZING. I want to eat some right now, but I can’t — I am currently growing a second butt so I think I have to hold off on desserts for awhile. HOWEVER once I lose 15 pounds you better bet that I am running into the kitchen to make this. Because anything with Custard and puff pastry, I AM THERE.

Mary  on April 26th, 2010

@Joylicious - Haha… just need lots of exercise! Hey…where is Collin? It’s his duty to get you to the gym. Bet Shanghai food is too delicious. Just wait till I go back for holiday, I’ll be able to compete with you…haha :D We can balance each other out on the sea saw…LOL

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella  on April 26th, 2010

Mmmm I love vanilla slices too! And a recipe that has been made over 100 times has just got to be a winner! :D

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Yummy Team  on April 27th, 2010

WOW!! Am drooling over your pics..Thanks for sharing this recipe..

Jeena  on April 28th, 2010

I bet you’re vanilla slice tasted fabulous with passion fruit in the icing. The slice looks so perfect Mary I would eat 2 or 3 of these for sure!

There is something so exciting about making vanilla slices, the first time I made one I felt very proud indeed. You just can’t beat the combination of puff pastry,icing and thick custard yum yum yum! :D

Mary  on April 28th, 2010

@Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - This is a sure winner recipe. I’m so glad I tried :D

@Yummy Team - Thanks very much! Now I’m drooling too :D

@Jeena - Thanks very much, Jeena! I ate a few slices actually. if not for my waistline I would have eaten many more slices…haha :D I’m so glad I tried it. It’s definitely my favorite now.

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Ivy  on April 28th, 2010

This looks delicious!! It resembles like millefeuilles without the icing but surely the passion fruit must be great with the custard.

Carolyn Jung  on April 28th, 2010

How I do love a good custard — and even more when its creamy texture is contrasted with a flaky, butter pastry.

Tia @ ButtercreamBarbie  on April 29th, 2010

your custard looks simply perfect!

Mary  on April 30th, 2010

@Ivy - Thanks very much for sharing, Ivy! :D This is my first time to use passionfruit icing and it’s really lovely with the custard slice.

@Carolyn Jung - Thanks very much, Carolyn! :D

@Tia @ ButtercreamBarbie - Thanks very much, Tia! :D

Brie  on May 1st, 2010

this looks delicious! i love passion fruit!

Mary  on May 2nd, 2010

@Brie - Thanks very much, Brie! :D

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Choclette  on May 5th, 2010

This looks lovely - I love custard and I love passionfruit so what could be better.

Mary  on May 5th, 2010

@Choclette - Thanks very much, Choclette! :D

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Laraine  on October 28th, 2010

I also love these with chocolate icing–a really dark one.

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Try Cream Crackers instead of puff pastry its not so chewy…

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