NANAIMO’S FAMOUS SWEET TREAT

Hey guys! Are you ready? We’ve got a sweet treat this week…

Baking :) One of the many things I like to do to unwind. Put on your favourite music or TV show and get ready to make something delicious! On my weekend I looked through my baking cupboard and found all the ingredients to make Nanaimo Bars! Nanaimo bars are one of the easiest things to make since you don’t need to actually bake anything. I collected all the ingredients, opened up my laptop and put on Fringe (awesome tv show). Now there are manydifferent variations of the Nanaimo bar. You can use different kind of nuts (or forgo the nuts!) add in flavours, or use different kinds of cookie crumbs. The possibilities are endless. So let’s get started…

The recipe I used is Nanaimo’s “Official” Nanaimo Bar Recipe. Here are the ingredients that you will need for the first layer:

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
5 tbsp. cocoa
1 egg beaten
1 3/4 cups graham wafer crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
1 cup shredded coconut

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Melt the first 3 ingredients in top of a double boiler. If you don’t have one, like me, just put a bowl over a pot of simmering water. Once everything is combined, add in the beaten egg. It will look like things have separated but just keep stirring, it will thicken and come together. Once thickened, remove the bowl from the pot and stir in the crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Once everything is combined, firmly press the mixture into an ungreased 8″x 8″ pan and put into the fridge.

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For the second layer you will need:

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 tbsp. and 2 tsp. cream
2 tbsp. vanilla custard powder
2 cups icing sugar

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Cream together the butter, cream, custard powder and the icing sugar. Once mixed together, spread evenly over the first layer and put back in the fridge.

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For the third layer you will need:

4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
2 tbsp. unsalted butter

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Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler. Once everything is almost melted, remove the bowl from the heat and continue to stir until everything is melted to together. Doing it like this will ensure that you don’t burn the chocolate (which can happen in seconds and you would have to start the layer over again!) When the mixture is cool but still liquid, pour evenly over the second layer and return it to the fridge.

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After an hour the chocolate will have hardened and you can remove your delicious creation from the pan. Cut into pieces and put on a platter.

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Volia!! A delicious dessert in just over an hour.

Have you tried making Nanaimo Bars at home? What’s your favourite variation?!

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