Apricot Vanilla Slices

Apricot Vanilla Slices


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This is a French style vanilla slice called mille-feuilles. They are delicious and easy to make using frozen puff pastry.


Serves: 8 

  • 2 cups (500ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (60g) plain flour
  • 1 whole vanilla bean or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup (185g) caster sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam
  • icing sugar for dusting

Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:50min 

  1. To make the custard; in a small saucepan, heat milk until small bubbles form. Drop in the vanilla pod (or add essence) remove saucepan from heat, and set aside to cool until just warm.
  2. In a medium saucepan, stir together the flour, sugar, salt, and egg yolks. Beat for a moment, then gradually whisk in warm milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until the custard thickens, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to prevent sticking.
  3. Transfer custard to a bowl, and allow to cool, stirring from time to time.
  4. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Roll the puff pastry into a single sheet about 1 cm thick; it should be the same size as a 43x53cm baking tray. Place the pastry onto the baking tray and prick all over with a fork.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until cooked, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool pastry on the baking tray.
  6. When the pastry has cooled completely, transfer it to a hard surface and cut lengthwise into three 10 to 12 cm wide strips.
  7. Spread one strip thickly with custard. Place a second strip directly over the first; spread the top evenly with jam. Cover with the third strip and dust with icing sugar. With a very sharp knife, cut into 8 rectangular portions.

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