A Vanilla Slice is not just a creamy treat from your Nana's pantry... Oh no. A Vanilla Slice is a delicious feat of engineering. A decadent layered structure of whipped vanilla creamy custardy stuff, sandwiched between flaky pastry with a definite - yet subtle - bite, and a substantial layer of icing (debatably pink or white) so sticky-sweet that it's adhesion properties are up there with Selley's Liquid Nails. That pure white layer of cavity-finding icing is the sweet yin to the custard yang. The balance is Cirque Du Soleil perfection.
I'll let you in on a little secret, Vanilla Slices are my ultimate guilty pleasure. My preferred method of indulgence is whilst driving (five star difficulty rating). Eating a vanilla slice whilst driving enhances the experience as it adds an element of danger - that custard stuff could end up in your lap at any moment.
So imagine my excitement when Ballarat's own Golden Nugget Bakery was awarded winner of Australia's BEST Vanilla Slice 2015?! Ahh! What a victory for all time! Not only is Ballarat a short drive down the road from us here in Daylesford, but The Golden Nugget is a DRIVE THRU bakery (next level genius there). A self-confessed Vanilla Slice addict can now purchase her treat-of-choice without exiting the vehicle AND it's the best in the Australia.
Let me talk you through the Golden Nugget Vanilla Slice experience...
The first thing you'll notice is the vanilla aroma. Oh my stars, this is THE REAL DEAL. Some mighty fine quality vanilla is used to make these babies. The delicate sweetness of the vanilla custard cream comes at you the moment you open the bag. It is pupil-dilatingly, endorphin-raisingly good.
Next you'll appreciate the weight of this thing. It's substantial, without being hefty, it's delicate without being fragile, it's sturdy, without being brick-like. It's sticky.
So. Very. Sticky.
Chowing down on a Golden Nugget Bakery Vanilla Slice is not going to be something you'll do whilst entertaining Her Royal Highness. (Although I'm sure Liz would love to inhale one behind closed palace doors.) Let's face it. This is a messy experience. When you bite into the slice the downward pressure applied equates to significant sideways custard fallout. It's physics.
With experience and correct technique, one can avoid the catastrophic custard blowout.
These Vanilla Slices are fluffy clouds of sweet vanilla heaven. The best in all the land. And can be yours for a mere $3.70 and a few crumbs on the lap.
Do you love a Vanilla Slice? Or are you more of a Caramel Slice or Hedgehog person? Seriously, how good are slices? Jelly Slice is a big fave too. If you see me driving with one in my hand just don't expect me to wave.
- Kathy x