As a little girl I often indulged in my mother’s vanilla slice, but I rarely if ever took part in creating it. It was one of those more complex dishes that chubby little hands couldn’t have easily managed, but I wish – after giving it a try today, that I had tried it sooner. I absolutely love custard, I love vanilla and I love passionfruit. I also love biscuits. So naturally when you throw all of those things in together what you get is one dish of delish! However I didn’t use my mother’s recipe for this because hers is much larger and not quite as quick. Instead I simply used one I found on the back of the Arnott’s Latice Biscuits packet, because those were the biscuits I used.
It was a quick and delicious dessert to make, it went very well after a good dinner with my friend Andrew who helped me make it. I fully recommend this to people who are looking for a many person dish but who don’t want to go to the trouble of cooking up brownies or another type of slice. I did however double the recipe to account for the number of people who would be eating it.
Adapted from Arnott’s
Serves: 6-8, Prep: 50-55 mins, Chill: 1hr
- 1/4 cup custard powder
- 1/4 cup caster sugar
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 packet of Arnott’s Latice Biscuits
- 1 cup icing sugar
- Dashes of passionfruit pulp in syrup
- Place custard powder and sugar in a saucepan with enough milk to form a smooth paste. Add the rest of the milk and the vanilla.
- Put the saucepan on the stove and bring to the boil until the mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from the stove and cover the custard with gladwrap to stop a skin from forming. Cool until completely cool.
- Create icing by mixing passionfruit pulp in syrup with icing sugar until desired texture is achieved.
- Lay half of the packet of lattice biscuits out on a tray, then cover with the custard. Top with the rest of the biscuits and then top with the icing. Chill for at least half an hour before serving.