Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Nanaimo bar is a dessert of Canadian origin popular across North America. The Nanaimo bar is a bar cookie which requires no baking, and is named after the West-Coast city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. It consists of a wafer crumb-based layer, topped by a layer of light vanilla or custard flavoured butter icing, which is covered in chocolate made from melted chocolate squares. Many varieties are possible by using different types of crumb, flavours of icing (e.g. mint, peanut butter), and types of chocolate. Two popular variations on the traditional Nanaimo bar involve mint flavoured icing or mocha flavoured icing.


This is good stuff, you wont be disappointed!






Nanaimo Bars
Ingredients:

Bottom Layer
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
5 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa
1 Large Egg, Beaten

1 1/4 cups Gluten Free Graham Wafer Crumbs
1 cup Coconut (Shredded, sweetened or unsweetened)

Middle Layer
1/2 cup  Unsalted Butter
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons  Heavy Cream
2 tablespoons Vanilla Custard Powder (I used Jello vanilla Custard)
2 cups Icing Sugar ( powdered sugar)

Top Layer
4 ounces Semi-sweet chocolate
2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter

Directions:
1. For bottom Layer: Line an 8X8 pan with foil insuring to overlap it so you can pull the bars out to make easier for cutting.  Melt unsalted butter, sugar and cocoa in top of a double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, nuts and coconut. Press firmly into prepared with foil ungreased 8 by 8 inch pan.

2. For Middle Layer: Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light in colour. Spread over bottom layer.

3. For Top Layer: Melt chocolate and unsalted butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, pour over middle layer and chill.

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