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How To Make a South African Custard Slice

Can you remember when your mom would take you to your local Pick 'n Pay bakery to buy a custard slice?

I sure do!

It's a perfect blend of rich and creamy with layers of custard, pastry and icing. It's like heaven in your mouth. Every bite is guaranteed to transport you back to your childhood.

Today's recipe is inspired by one of Abigail Donnelly’s memories from growing up in Zimbabwe. She remembers how her Ouma would take her to the bakery to buy custard slices.

We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.



For the rough puff pastry:
  • 198 g butter, frozen and grated
  • 325 g flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 8–10 T ice-cold water
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 8–10 T ice-cold water
  • 1 T lemon juice
For the filling:
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1½ cups cream
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeded
  • 1 t fresh nutmeg grated
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 50 g cornflour
  • 6 free-range eggs, separated
  • For the icing:
  • 3 T fresh lemon juice
  • 200 g icing sugar, sifted
  • 3 T water
  • 100 g cocoa powder, sifted


Pro Tip: Everything has to be cold when making custard slices. 

Step 1 : In a glass bowl, combine flour and salt.


Step 2 : Grate the cold butter and add it to your glass bowl.


Step 3 : Use a butter knife to cut in the flour, butter and salt together. No need to incorporate the butter into the flour. It will help with the little pockets of air into the pastry.


Step 4 : Squeeze a little lemon juice into the pastry. The acidity helps with the stretchiness of the pastry.



Step 5 : Slowly add cold water to the pastry and combine until the pastry comes together.


Step 6: Use your finger tips to mix the pastry. Avoid using the palm of you hands so that it's not too hot.  Remember everything has to be cold. 



Step 7: Wrap the pastry in cling wrap and place in the fridge for an hour.


Now its time to make the custard.

Step 8: In a saucepan, add the cream and milk.


Step 9: Now add the vanilla paste to your bowl.



Hester Van Der Sandt on January 30 2023 at 06:54PM

Dit lyk heerlik ek kan dit so goed onthou my mond water sommer.

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