Vanilla Slice
Serves: 16
  • 1 pkg. (2 sheets) PUFF PASTRY, defrosted
  • 2 cups MILK
  • 2 cups HALF & HALF
  • 1 cup SUGAR
  • ¾ cup CORNSTARCH
  • ½ cup INSTANT VANILLA PUDDING (1 3.4 oz. pkg)
  • 1 Tablespoon VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 4 Tablespoons BUTTER, room temperature
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a parchment paper lined baking sheet, unfold one sheet of puff pastry and gently prick with a fork. Repeat with 2nd sheet of puff pastry on another baking sheet. Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  2. Line a 9x9 pan with foil, making sure to leave an overhang over the sides to remove the dessert before slicing. Press one piece of cooled puff pastry into the bottom of the pan, trim the corners if needed. Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat milk until just simmering.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together half & half, sugar, cornstarch, instant pudding and egg yolks. Once this is smooth, add to saucepan with milk.
  5. Whisk frequently and cook mixture over medium heat until bubbling and thickened. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract and butter. Spoon over bottom crust in one smooth layer.
  6. Add 2nd piece of puff pastry and press down gently. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
  7. To serve: use foil edges to remove entire thing from pan, use a serrated knife to cut into squares. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.
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