June 30, 2008

Berry Custard Slice

I haven't actually made this one in a while, so I don't have a picture to post, but this is a favourite recipe of mine, so thought I would share.

This is a fantastic slice. I have made it several times for special occasions and it has been a hit every time. Some people like to serve it warm, but I prefer it chilled. It's not the "picture perfect" slice, but it is really tasty. If you're taking it to a get-together, I would suggest you transport the slice either in the pan, and cut it at the venue, or lay the cut slices in a single layer on a plate or in a container because it really doesn't stack well.
Ingredients (serves 12)
  • 200g butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • Berry topping

  • 450g mixed fresh berries (I usually just use strawberries, but I think the extra moisture of them is what contributes to the slice not looking perfect).
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups thickened cream
  • 3/4 cup milk

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a 3cm deep, 24cm x 29.5cm slab pan. Line with baking paper, leaving a 2cm-ish overhang at both long ends.
  2. Using electric beaters, cream butter and sugar until well combined. Stir in flour and coconut. Mix well.
  3. Press pastry evenly over base of prepared pan. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden. Remove from oven. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool.
  4. Make berry topping: Spoon berries over pastry base. Whisk eggs, egg yolks and caster sugar in a large jug. Add cream and milk. Whisk to combine. Strain custard through a sieve over the berries.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until centre is set. Cool for 1 hour in pan. Lift slice out of pan using the baking paper overhang. Cut into pieces and serve warm or cold.