Strawberry Maple Custard Slices

The English love their custard; the French their flaky pastry. The best of both are combined with local sweet strawberries and maple syrup.


  • 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) Ontario Milk
  • 5 Ontario Egg Yolks at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) Ontario Maple Syrup
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) each butter and vanilla
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated lemon rind
  • All-purpose flour
  • 1 pkg (397 g) frozen block puff pastry thawed
  • 3 cups (750 mL) sliced Ontario Strawberries
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) strawberry jam
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Icing sugar


  • In a glass measure, heat milk in microwave on Medium until hot and steaming, about 3 minutes or in small saucepan on stove top.
  • In medium saucepan, whisk together egg yolks, maple syrup and flour until well blended. Whisking constantly, in a steady stream slowly add hot milk. Cook over medium-low heat; whisking constantly, until starting to thicken, about 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly.
  • Transfer to bowl; stir in butter, 1 tsp (5 mL) of the vanilla and lemon rind. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate until chilled, 2 hours or up to 1 day.
  • Meanwhile, dust work surface lightly with flour. Cut pastry in half at perforation and roll each into 12 x 5-inch (30 x 12.5 cm) rectangle; trim edges to straighten. Cut each crosswise into 4 rectangles; with fork pierce each several times. Place on large parchment paper-lined baking sheet; refrigerate 15 minutes.
  • Bake at 425°F (220°C) until puffed and golden, about 13 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool.
  • In medium bowl, combine strawberries with remaining vanilla. Place pastry on serving plates; spread with jam, dividing equally. Spread custard over jam and top with strawberries, dividing equally. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and dust with icing sugar. Serve immediately.


Change-up the recipe and try raspberries or sliced peaches.
Calories: 441
Protein: 9 grams
Fat: 19 grams
Carbohydrate: 60 grams
Fibre: 2 grams
Sodium: 201 mg
SOURCE: Foodland Ontario
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