Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day 2 - Nanaimo Bars

You can't get any more Canadian than these. Legend says a lady in the 50's entered a contest with this bar and named it after Nanaimo, British Columbia where she lived - but no one really knows. I have always loved these and was sure they would be extremely hard to make only enjoying them made by others. Many recipes and varieties are available out there but I will share the one my Grandma made. BTW it is not extremely hard to make, just need to be patient as the steps need to set up.

Bottom Layer
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
5 Tbsp cocoa
11/4 graham wafer crumbs
1 cup coconut - I prefer unsweetened
Melt the first 3 ingredients. Add egg, crumbs, coconut, walnuts. Press firmly into ungreased 8x8 pan. Bake for 8 min 350. Cool completely - I put in the freezer ( not patient at all )

Middle Layer
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbsp milk ( A little more if it is to think to spread )
2 Tbsp Bird's Custard Powder
2 Cups icing sugar
Cream butter, milk, custard powder, icing sugar together. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer. Put in freezer till firm then use a smooth edge to press down any ridges.

Top Layer
4oz semi-sweet bakers chocolate
2Tbsp Butter
Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool but still liquid, pour over middle layer. Chill in refrigerator. ( you guessed it I freeze ) Use a sharp knife to cut and clean knife after each swipe ( preserves the layers - its just a visual thing)

Note - Bird's Custard can be found in the international isle at Kroger, HEB also sometimes


#swimmom and #swimmer approved 

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