Sunday, April 11, 2010

Traditional Nanaimo Bars

I have loved Nanaimo Bars for a very long time. I remember taking the ferry to Vancouver Island and having them on the ride over.  Now that I live in Canada and can get Bird's Custard at the store, I decided to make Nanaimo Bars (they are also for my and my co-worker's birthday!)  The Bird's Custard really is the key to creating the creamy, delicious center layer of authentic Nanaimo Bars.  After making Nanaimo Bars myself, I can say that the cream filling is still by far the most delicious part... and of course I couldn't resist licking the bowl clean. I also, however, discovered what makes the cream so delicious, a half cup of butter! So, these are by no means healthy, but they are surprisingly easy and extremely yummy to make for a special occasion!

Very important to use Bird's!!!

Nanaimo Bar Recipe
(From the City of Nanaimo)

Bottom Layer
½ cup unsalted butter (European style cultured)
¼ cup sugar
5 tbsp. cocoa
1 egg beaten
1 ¼ cups graham wafer crumbs
½ c. finely chopped almonds
1 cup coconut

Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8" x 8" pan.
Second Layer
½ cup unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. and 2 Tsp. cream
2 Tbsp. vanilla custard powder
2 cups icing sugar

Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.
Third Layer
4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.


Nanaimo bar recipe

2 comments:

  1. The best Nanaimo Bars, I've ever had... not to pat my own back at all or anything.. haha!

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  2. Wish I did not leave today before you baked those....they look lovely and I bet tasted wonderful. Happy Birthday!

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