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Slice of Heaven: A Tip for Delicious Vanilla Slice in Melbourne, Australia

Vanilla slice photo c/o Flickr user StickyPix, used with Creative Commons Permission

What is David Jones?

No, it's not a former Monkee trying to be all mature.

It's a shop in Australia, per Wikipedia, "colloquially known as DJs, is an Australian retailer. Its primary business is an Australia-wide chain of premium department stores."

And as I learned from some uber-cute Australian customers who happened into my burgeoning gallery (at 415 E. Pine Street, Capitol Hill, Seattle, since you asked) the other day, their Foodhall is also the source for some of Melbourne's best Vanilla Slice.

Vanilla slice, for those of you who may not familiar, is not dissimilar to our stateside Napoleon or the French "Mille Feuille"--per Wikipedia, it is "filled with vanilla custard. It usually has only a top and bottom pastry layer. The sweet is often dusted with icing sugar, or topped with a plain or passionfruit flavoured icing."

Of course, for those of you who (like me) aren't free to run over to David Jones at the earliest convenience, there is a pretty good-looking recipe on Nigella Lawson's website.

Vive la Vanilla Slice!

For more information on David Jones, visit their site; for more information on the various incarnations of the Vanilla Slice, Mille Feuille, and Napoleon, visit Wikipedia!

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Reader Comments (6)

I love David Jones - I get their newsletter to keep up with what's going on there. But, I love vanilla slice even more. I ate it every day when I was in France one time. Fortunately, I was younger then and had a fast metabolism.

April 10 | Unregistered CommenterDana McCauley

Custard you say? Well, I just love me some custard. I'm really intrigued by this dessert, and I definitely want to try some. I'm saving the recipe so that one day, when I'm feeling brave, I will wisk it up!

April 10 | Unregistered CommenterJackie

This is really a slice of heaven!! mouth-watering!

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"...An Aussie favourite, in spite of it's colloquial name of 'snot blocks'!..." -Negella's Website. LOL. mmmm, ....gotta get me some snot blocks!!

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