Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Nanaimo Bars


These are my very favorite treats, anytime of the year. I don't make them often because you can imagine how much weight I'd gain if they were always around the house. So I make them at Christmastime and just one batch. Someone once commented to me that of course I like these because I'm from BC. Are these a BC treat? I don't know? I've seen them other places. Anyone know?

1/2 C butter (soft)
5 tbsp sugar
5 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 C graham wafer crumbs
1 C coconut
1/2 C chopped walnuts
4 tbsp butter
3 tbsp milk
2 1/2 tbsp vanilla custard powder
2 C icing sugar
4 squares semi-sweet chocolate, melted
1 tbsp butter

Place 1st 5 ingredients into a glass bowl. Set bowl in a pan of hot water. Stir until butter is melted. Mix in next 3 ingredients.
Pack into an ungreased 9x9 pan.
Combine next 4 ingredients - cream together. Spread over mixture in pan. Chill.
Melt chocolate and butter. Spread over top of the other layers. Chill.
I usually freeze this all at this point and then cut once everything is set.

*edit - what doesn't wikipedia know? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanaimo_bars They are a very Canadian, very BC dessert

6 comments:

Lara said...

wow, these look like a delicious, albeit decadent treat! Welcome back to the blogging world. :)

Chef E said...

I am glad we do not have virtual blog land, or I would be stealing that dessert, since I am a choco-holic and sweet-holic period. When I bake I give it away, so it is not lying around the house either!

I have seen similar recipes, but not that exact one, so I am curious now where it comes from exactly...delish looking it is for sure!

Lissaloo said...

I have a recipe for these that I need to try out, Hubby had them in a bakery a couple years ago and has been wanting them ever since. Your look wonderful :)

teresa said...

BC treat or not, they look awesome!

Anna and Andrew Mayo said...

There is a chocolate shop down the street and they make a hedgehog (hazlenut) version.....so amazing

Monica H said...

I've heard of them before and they look delicious but I've never tried them.

Looks like I'm missing out.