Custard squares with white chocolate cracker bark

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Easy / Huntley & Palmers Cream Crackers

Tasty and oh-so-Kiwi, these sticky sweet sandwiches have been an iconic part of New Zealand food since before any of us can remember. Here’s a 21st century twist that will see Grandma knocking on your door for tea from now on!

Makes: 14 squares
Prep Time: 2 hours


Bark and Base

28 Huntley & Palmers Cream Crackers
250g white chocolate, melted
½ cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped
¼ cup Craisins, finely sliced


¾ cup custard powder
3 ¾ cups milk
½ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients layout 2


Step 1.
Line a flat oven tray with baking paper.  Lay out 12 crackers, 4 crackers across and 3 up to make a 28 x 26 cm rectangle. Cut two crackers into halves and place along the top to form a neat rectangle (see picture below).

Step 2.
Carefully tip the melted chocolate over the crackers and smooth over with a spatula until evenly covered. Sprinkle with pistachios and Craisins to complete the bark. Refrigerate to allow chocolate to set.

Steps 1 4 collage 

Step 3.
Line a 28cm x 26cm slice tin with baking paper. Lay out the remaining 14 crackers exactly as your first 14: this is the base.

Step 4.
To make the custard, mix together custard powder with ¾ cup milk until smooth. Bring the remainder of the milk to just below boiling point, add sugar, vanilla extract and stir to mix. Use a wire whisk to stir in the custard powder and milk paste. Continue to heat while stirring until thickened, remove from heat and pour over the cracker base.

Step 5.
Place bark exactly on top of the hot custard. Leave to cool, then chill until set. 

Step 6.
Slice into squares to serve.

Serving image

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