Some people perform good deeds, some spend years learning to meditate and others head to the Kingdom of Bhutan. But to those in pursuit of true happiness, I say: get thee to the shrine of the perfect vanilla slice.
So whereabouts in Sydney should the custard pilgrim head? We're looking here for the very best vanilla slices Sydney has to offer. Nothing limp or rubbery, lacking in true custard flavour or in pastry that's damp or just downright nasty.
What we're seeking is a smooth custardy centre nestled in crisp, fresh pasty - the kind of vanilla slice that's messily irresistible, leaving morsels of creamy custard and crumbs of crunchy pastry speckled on your face. The kind that may even cause the devoted pilgrim to produce small, embarrassing snuffles and/or moans as they eat.
Note: regardless of your vanilla slice deportment, you can take comfort that this is a slice entrenched in culture. It's said (at least according to the gospels of Wikipedia) that the custardy forebear of the humble snot block is none other than the mille-feuille, originating in France.
And the Boronia Bakehouse, at 95a Pittwater Road, Boronia Park has been known to purvey a very decent double-decker vanilla slice. (Note however, that a double-decker snot block is not one to eat on a first date. Not unless you have snake-like jaws that know how to unhinge - double-deckers can be tricky to get into with dignity intact).
Another fine vanilla slice establishment is La Petite Lorraine , who take matters of custard very seriously.
Muffin Master now renamed, contact number 95447693 located just immediately South after crossing Tom Ugly Bridge. That's my favourite vanilla slice haunt. Nothing extravagant just beautiful custard that's not too sweet and crispy fresh pastry.
As a Victorian - we have a proud history in vanilla slices with the ouyen annual v slice contest - sydney is a desert for a decent vanilla slice. :-(. It is next to impossible to find one without either passion fruit icing or dusted with icing sugar - neither of which constitute a proper vanilla slice. Best vanilla slice ever comes from the tiny mallee town of birchip - they won the ouyen contest last year - the custard is amazing. Conways in Horsham do a good one too. I wait til I go back to Victoria to get a decent vanilla slice. Have not been able to find something acceptable on the north shore. If anyone knows of one I will be sooo grateful!!!