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    Ingredients (makes 4 slices)

    1 Block vegan puff pastry (approx 500g)

    Vanilla Custard (filling)
    1/3 cup sugar
    pinch of salt
    2 tbsp. cornstarch
    1-1/2 cups vegan milk
    1 tbsp. margarine
    1 teas. vanilla

    Icing
    roughly 200g Icing Sugar
    about 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
    Water (only enough to make a thick, but still spreadable, icing)
    Few squares of dark chocolate, melted.

    Roll the pastry out to about 15inch x 15 inch, mark 8 rectangles off prior to baking (makes it easier to get a clean cut when cooked), prick well with a fork and bake at gas mark 5 until just starting to turn light golden brown. Cut rectangles out of pastry and put on a cooling rack to cool.

    To make the vanilla filling, combine sugar, salt and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add milk and whisk together. Bring the mixture to a light boil over medium heat while whisking constantly. Lower to a simmer and whisk until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add margarine and vanilla. Pour into a bowl and let cool, stirring every few minutes. Filling will continue to thicken as it cools. Leave until cold.

    Assemble pastry slices with custard filling in middle.

    Put icing sugar, vanilla essence in bowl, add in cold water a bit at time until you've got a smooth, thick, icing. Spread icing on top of vanilla slice.

    Drizzle chocolate in lines across top of icing and 'feather' using cocktail stick or skewer.

    Chill for a while and then eat!

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    yum !
    I'm certainly going to give them a try, I'm usually rubbish at cakes but they look so good

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    Default Re: Vanilla Slices

    Those look absolutely delicious!

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    Those look amazing! I just had a big bowl of vanilla swedish glace and chocolate sauce so I'm not crazily licking the screen right now, but I'm still drooling
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    Oh My God! They shouldn't be allowed!! I've got to have me some!

    Oooh - and imagine them with jam in, too! *Drool*
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    Dang! Those are gorgous. I wish I could do stuff like that.

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    Oh wow. Ive come over all light headed....
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    I can't use puff pastry.
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    that is utterly fantastico!!!! i shall definitely try these some time. One of the few things i've missed...

    EDIT: i officially just creamed my pants after seeing the photo....

    ....sorry

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    They look so delicious!
    I showed my husband the picture of them and he said you can really eat things like that being a vegan?

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    hahaha aphrodite - your husband really is a hoot. You should come round to ours one night - I'll show him how damn good vegan food it. May even whip up a batch of these babies!

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    Oh my god they look amazing! I used to LOVE vanilla slices when I was younger

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    *We run over to Bryzee and Jo's home with tongues hanging out*

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    feel free to - with notice!

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    They look fab! Ever thought of going into the vegan cake business? I'll be your first customer.

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    They look wonderful

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    wow did you actually make those ivy? mmmm........**homer drool**

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    I made them on Sunday Cedar, had a hankering for a vanilla slice for a while so I thought I'd have a go....and they turned out rather well!
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    oh wow...i might have to make these tomorrow!

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    I so want to make them... not sure if I can find vegan puff pastry here (or puff pastry at all... never used it).

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    I am going to try making these tonight. Are there any tricks or anything I should know about using puff pastry? I have never used it. Found some vegan stuff though!
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    Hmm, don't think there's anything in particular....other than pricking it all over with a fork after you've rolled it out and marked the rectangles out so it doesn't rise too much (I really ought to put that in the instructions didn't I?).

    Good luck with 'em...but they're easy enough so there shouldn't be any problems
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    Thank you Poison Ivy! I would make a mess of these, so I'm emailing my mother the recipe instead so she can make them for me when I'm in Australia next month

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    Good plan Roxy Hmm, my Mother's pretty good at baking too...

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    LOL I've sent the email already!

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    well my slices were a disaster. The pastry rose too much, the custard was too thin (not enough cornflour), as was the icing (too much water). When the top layer went on the custard, the filling got all squeezed out. Argh better luck next time. Anywa all that matters is that it's a beautifully edible disaster (fat and sugar for breakfast - mmmmmmmm)

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    aww never mind bryzee, i would've made a horrible mess if i'd tried these too. as long as you still got to eat them, that's the main thing
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    Haha bryzee, mine did the exact same thing. But after they chilled I was able to clean them up and still put on the chocolate (which was very sloppy). But... I am still taking them when I go visit my boyfriend when I get off work today. They taste yummy anyway, even if they are not very pretty. Oh well.
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    I think the trick with them is that the custard and the icing need to be thicker than you think is possible to work with to avoid it running and squidging out everywhere....I also piped the custard on (maybe I should have mentioned that too) so that I didn't have to handle them too much. I'm sorry bryzee and fondducouer have had problems with them...it's a bit embarassing when mine went so well!!
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    Wow. I want some.

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