Instead of using cream crackers, I decided on using some ready-made puff pastry. I cut it onto rectangles, probably about 90mm by 70mm, but just because this allowed me to get 8 nice size rectangles out of the roll of pastry - the size is totally up to you. You could even cut out cute pastry shapes with a cookie cutter (which really appeals to me, but I just didn't have time for that with this batch). I brushed some beaten egg on the rectangles and baked them until they had "puffed" and had started to turn golden brown. I whipped them out of the oven and let them cool on the baking tray.
While all of this was happening, I started on the custard. As I had mentioned, I had always made the custard part as per the instructions on the jar, but added some cornflour to thicken it. BUT then it came to me (after botching up a pot full of custard by being
So that is just what I did!
Just one other deviation from the instructions (yes, I know, I do try follow them but usually get side tracked) instead of adding the sugar, I poured in a 1/3 of a can of condensed milk. YUM!
I made it using the microwave method, and from a thin milky mixture to a thick custard, it took about 7 minutes. Super fast and super easy!
While the custard cooled slightly, I turned my attention back to the pastry. I made an easy version of royal icing by mixing some icing sugar with some boiling water until a nice pouring consistency was reached and smeared it on the bottom half so the whole side was covered and then drizzled it over the top half.
Then I spooned the slightly cooled custard (although it was still pretty hot) into a plastic piping bag, snipped off the tip (no nozzle needed) and pipped the custard onto the bottom half of the pastry.
Then I popped on the top half...
...and left them to cool and allow the custard to set before we gobbled them up!
I think the whole process took about 30min, not bad for a quick and easy treat!
I think next time I will try heart shaped custard slices! That little bit of extra effort always goes a long way!
I totally made this up as I was going along - so I have no real, set measurements etc, but these are, as far as I can remember the steps and measurements I used:
For the pastry:
1 roll ready-made puff pastry
1 cup icing sugar
a little boiling water
- Cut the pastry into rectangles (or any other shape) keeping the numbers even (you need two per slice!)
- Brush with some beaten egg and bake at 180 degrees Celsius until just turning golden brown
- Make some royal icing by mixing a bit of water with the icing sugar, ONE TEASPOON AT A TIME, until you JUST reach a running consistency. (If you pour it, it wont be thick like gloop, but it wont just run either. It should slowly make a nice ribbon consistency)
- Cover the one side of the bottom piece of pastry with the icing
- Drizzle some icing over the top piece of pastry
For the custard:
4 1/2 tablespoons Custard Powder
1/3 can of Condensed Milk
2 cups Milk
- Mix all the ingredients together
- Microwave on high for about 7 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes
- When a thick consistency is reached, let it cool for a couple of minutes
- Pipe or spoon custard onto the bottom piece of the pastry
- Put the top piece on top of the custard and leave to cool for a few minutes
- Place in the fridge to chill for and hour and serve
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