Vanilla Slice with Pear Icing

I don't have a very good history with Vanilla Slice.  My main memory is Dad bringing them home for me whenever I was sick from school.  I wasn't sure which was worse; the idea of dealing with a 'snot block' when I was sick or that Dad didn't remember I didn't like them!  Later I tried one that was not from a big commercial place and I changed my mind.  Now I see what Dad was trying to show me.

This is super easy.

  • 1 pkt Sao biscuits  (Yes, I use Saos, not pastry!!  So sue me!!)
  • A deep tray, about 25x30cm.  Mine fitted 3x3 Sao biscuits exactly
Custard filling (from TMX book, pg 155)
  • 75g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 500g milk
  • 40g cornflour
  • 5g vanilla essence
Pear Icing
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 35g butter
  • 2 small pears (I used 4 canned halves)
  • a little water/syrup if needed
  • Place sugar into TMX and pulverise for 20 seconds on Speed 9
  • Scrape down and add remaining custard ingredients
  • Cook for 7 minutes at 90degC on Speed 4
  • Line pan with one layer of Sao biscuits
  • Spread all of custard onto bottom layer of biscuits
  • Top with another layer of biscuits
  • Refridgerate
  • Place 1 cup of sugar into TMX and pulverise for 20 seconds on Speed 9
  • Add butter
  • Cream until well combined
  • Add pears and process briefly until well chopped
  • Put in butterfly attachment and continue creaming on Speed 4, watching until it is the desired consistency
  • Scrape down and add a little water or syrup if necessary
  • Spread onto top Sao layer and put back into fridge until the Saos have softened and icing is set.
Mmmmm.  Yuummmmmm. Mmmmmmmmm.  Ms D said "Mum!  I am speechless!!"  She's a laugh.  :)
I think I could also do this with the Carob Custard.  And one day I'll find a Failsafe recipe for the pastry.


  1. Wow, you are amazing!

    How commercial do they look? I could pasd these off at mums group ;) will try the pear roll UPS this week too!

    Are saos failsafe, I never looked at them!

  2. Thanks for your comment, Tash. Yeah, my info is that Sao is Failsafe. No flavours etc.

    Those Mums Groups can be pretty harsh critics. Ha ha. Good luck with that.

  3. These look fantastic. I've been wondering if I could make a half decent one myself, now I'm inspired.

  4. Oscar's Mum, thanks. I'm quite sure you'll be able to make a totally decent one. :)

  5. Oh Yum. Pity I am sugar free ATM

  6. My TMX custard is always runny! Is yours? What consistency do you need for this?

    1. Hi Corinne, when I make this custard it's runny while it's hot and then thickens as it cools. Quite quickly, actually. So, in the end, it's quite firm enough for this recipe. Are you using cornflour, or another flour? frillypants x


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