foolproof Nanaimo Bar recipe?
So I have a canadian expat coming to dinner next week - and I heard that she's been craving nanaimo bars. I thought I'd be a good friend and surprise her with a homemade batch. Anyone have a good recipe they know will knock it out of the park?
When I'm looking for those Canadian baking recipes that I didn't inherit from my mom (Nanaimo bars were one of them, it was till more a west coast specialty when I was younger), I go to CanadianLiving.com - their recipes are foolproof.
I made the Nainaimo bars from the closet cooking blog that HILL J suggested. I used unsweetened coconut and everything came out just perfect. They looked gorgeous, tasted delicious, and my canadian expat was so impressed. I sent her home with the leftovers, it made her so happy! Anyway, thanks again to everyone for their input. Its moments like last night that make me appreciate Chowhounders so much!
This is the one I've been using since I lived in Vancouver over 20 years ago. Hope you can find Bird's powder. It's essential as is having the phone # of a cardiologist at hand. I always refer to these as Three Layers of Butter Bars. And they are very much worth looking forward to.
• 1/2 cup butter, melted
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/3 cup cocoa
• 1 egg
• 2 cup graham cracker crumbs
• 1 cup flaked coconut
• 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
• 1/4 cup butter
• 2 tablespoon Bird's custard powder
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 3 tablespoon milk
• 2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
• 3 ounce semisweet chocolate
• 1 tablespoon butter
Base Layer: Mix together ingredients. Press into a 9" square pan. Refrigerate while making filling.
Filling: Cream together butter, custard powder and vanilla. Gradually blend in milk and confectioners' sugar, alternating between additions. Filling will be stiff.
Spread over chilled base. A bent-handled spatula dipped in water does the job. Chill to firm before adding icing.
Icing: Melt chocolate and butter together. Pour over chilled bars, tilting pan to cover evenly and smoothly. Chill well before slicing into bars.
Store in fridge.
Makes 48 bars
• These delicious bars made their reputation among people making the ferry crossing from Vancouver to Victoria. The ferry terminal on the island is in Nanaimo.