Nanaimo Bars

I found this recipe on another food blog.

Bottom Layer:

  • 1/2 cup  butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cup Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Middle Layer:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • 2 cups icing sugar

Top Layer:

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter

1. Bottom layer: Melt the butter, sugar and cocoa powder in the top of a double boiler. Whisk in egg and stir to cook the egg and thicken the mixture. Remove from heat and stir in Graham crumbs, walnuts and coconut. Press into an ungreased 8×8 pan.

2. Middle layer: Cream together the butter, cream and custard powder. Gradually add the icing sugar, beating until smooth and spreadable. (The end result should be a frosting like consistency. The original recipe said to add more icing sugar or cream as needed to get this consistency. We found we needed about 1 tablespoon more of cream.) Spread over the bottom layer. (We refrigerated for 30 minutes to set, before starting the top layer.)

3. Top layer: Melt the chocolate and butter over low heat. Once cool, pour over the custard layer and spread. Refrigerate until set.

Nanaimo Bars

Verdict: I really loved the top two layers of these bars. I thought that the chocolate top layer was just right, not too thick which I have found with other top layers. I really loved the taste of the custard, which I thought tasted like the store bought Nanaimo bars. The only part I didn’t really like was the bottom layer, which I found a little grainy.


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