custard slices recipeWhen I first moved out of my parents’ home in my early twenties, mom provided me with a little handwritten book containing recipes of things that I enjoyed and might enjoy making now that I was on my own. This happens to be her delicious custard slices recipe:

Custard Slices

  • 1 packet cream crackers
  • 1 litre of milk
  • 250ml white sugar
  • 60ml margarine
  • 125ml cake flour
  • 100ml cornflour
  • 12.5ml custard powder
  • 2ml salt
  • 125ml cold water
  • 3 eggs
  • 5ml vanilla essence
  • 475ml (250g) icing sugar
  • 25ml boiling water
  • 10ml lemon juice

Step 1:
Arrange the crackers in rows of 3 in the bottom of a shallow 30 x 23 cm rectangular dish, taking care that the break line in the middle of each lies crosswise across the dish.

Step 2:
Microwave the milk, white sugar and margarine, uncovered, in a deep, 2 litre dish for about 10 minutes on High to scald; stir occasionally so that the sugar will melt faster.

Step 3:
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the cake flour, cornflour, custard powder and salt.

Step 4:
Beat the cold water and eggs together and blend into the flour mixture. Beat a little of the milk mixture into the flour mixture, then beat the flour mixture into the rest of the milk mixture.

Step 5:
Microwave the filling, uncovered, for 7 minutes on Medium High, beating well with a whisk at 1½ minute intervals. Stir in the vanilla essence. Spoon the filling onto the crackers in the dish and smooth the top. Cover this layer with a layer of crackers arranged exactly as before. Allow to stand for a while at room temperature to cool, then chill in the refrigerator.

Step 6:
Sift the icing sugar and blend it with the boiling water and lemon juice. Top the crackers with this, then return the dish to the refrigerator to firm.