Vanilla slice

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Vanilla slice served in a bakery in Tasmania

A vanilla slice, also known as a custard square, is a type of pastry.[1] It consists of a thick custard, which is traditionally flavoured with vanilla or chocolate, and which is sandwiched between flaky puff pastry or filo pastry and iced with either vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, raspberry or passion fruit icing.[2]

The Australian vanilla slice has been described as a uniquely Australian food, but comparisons have been drawn to the mille-feuille, which may have originated in France.[2][3][4]

An annual competition for the best vanilla slice baker is the Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph. Judging criteria include "when tasted, should reveal a custard with a creamy smooth texture and a balance of vanilla taste with a crisp, crunchy pastry topped with a smooth and shiny glaze/fondant".[5] Although it was originally held in Ouyen, Victoria, in 2011 the town decided to award the rights to host the Great Vanilla Slice Triumph to another town in the Sunraysia district – Merbein, in northwest Victoria.

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  1. ^ "The tasty treat the Aussies have ruined with their gross name". NZ Herald. Retrieved 2022-07-24.
  2. ^ a b Preston, Matt (21 October 2017) "These are 10 dishes that are completely unique to Australia, Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ Beerden, Joel. (12 July 2017). "Top 10 Australian junk foods", Good Food, Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  4. ^ Levey, Erle. (2 February 2016). 'Vanilla slice: great Oz tucker with a slice of life", Sunshine Coast Daily, Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Travel news - The Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph". Ninemsn. 20 July 2006. Retrieved 6 January 2007.