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Nanaimo Bars

Contributed By: Valerie, MI | See all of Valerie's recipes
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Active Time:  45 Minutes
Total Time:  1 Hour 40 Minutes
  25 squares
These scrumptious bar originated in Nanaimo, Canada. The first time I tried them was on a cruise to Alaska. They will knock your socks off!
Bottom Layer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (regular or Dutch-processed)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sweetened or unsweetened coconut, chopped
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped
Middle Layer:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 - 3 tablespoons whole milk or cream
2 tablespoons Bird's vanilla custard powder (can be found at World Market)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
Top Layer:
4 ounces Baker's semisweet chocolate
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
In a 9 x 9 inch pan, butter or spray with a non-stick vegetable spray.

Bottom Layer:

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar and cocoa powder, let cool for 5 minutes, then gradually whisk in the beaten egg. Return the saucepan to low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens (1 to 2 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, graham cracker crumbs, coconut, and chopped nuts. Press the mixture evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (about 1 hour).

Middle Layer:

With a mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until the mixture is smooth and fluffy (about 3-5 minutes). If the mixture is too thick to spread, add a little more milk or cream. Spread the filling over the bottom layer, cover, and refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes).

Top Layer:

In a pan under low heat, melt the butter, then add the chocolate and stir constantly until melted. Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the filling and refrigerate for about 10 minutes or just until the chocolate has set.

Using a sharp knife, cut into squares.

Yield: Makes about 25 squares. Preparation time 45 minutes.

Date Added: 11/22/2012
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