Official Delightful Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo barsThere are many phrases I like to live by, ‘Do it right’ is one of them. So when I decided to make Nanaimo bars, I searched and found the official recipe from Nanimo, British Columbia. It’s an easy, no-bake recipe, and since the first time I made them, they have been a favourite chocolate craving of my mother’s and mine.

Nanaimo Bars

Bottom Layer

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1¼ cups graham wafer crumbs
  • ½ cup finely chopped or ground almonds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut

Melt first 3 ingredients in a double broiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat and stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Pour into an ungreased 8×8 inch pan, and press firmly to evenly cover the bottom.

Second Layer

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons cream
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla custard powder
  • 2 cups icing sugar

Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light, then spread evenly over bottom layer.

Third Layer

  • 4 squares semi-sweet baking chocolate (1 oz. each)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

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

Note: They need about an hour in the fridge before they’re ready to eat (if you’re impatient like me), the longer the better though.

Source: Official website of the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia

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