Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars are a scrumptious Northwest dessert. These chocolate no-bake squares are often found on BC Ferries and in coffee stands. I found custard powder right next to the jello boxes in my local grocery store. Definitely a crowd pleaser!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 egg, beaten
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds (optional)

1/2 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons custard powder
2 cups confectioners' sugar

4 (1 ounce) squares semisweet baking chocolate
2 teaspoons butter
  1. In the top of a double boiler, combine 1/2 cup butter, white sugar and cocoa powder. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Beat in the egg, stirring until thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in the graham cracker crumbs, coconut and almonds (if you like). Press into the bottom of an ungreased 8x8 inch pan.
  2. For the middle layer, cream together 1/2 cup butter, heavy cream and custard powder until light and fluffy. Mix in the confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over the bottom layer in the pan. Chill to set.
  3. While the second layer is chilling, melt the semisweet chocolate and 2 teaspoons butter together in the microwave or over low heat. Spread over the chilled bars. Let the chocolate set before cutting into squares.

1 comment:

The McFarlane Family said...

Sorry I missed sampling those! Nanaimo bars are both my moms and my favorite dessert. We get one every time we go to the Nordstrom cafe! I'm so glad you have discovered them.


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