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Classic Recipe for Legendary Vancouver Nanaimo Bars 2010-02-16 13:09:33

Nanaimo Bars

Nanaimo Bars

Adapted from the City of Nanaimo

Classic Recipe for Legendary Vancouver Nanaimo Bars 2010-02-16 13:09:33

Ingredients

  1. For bottom layer:
    1/2 cup European-style cultured unsalted butter
    1/4 cup sugar
    5 tablespoons cocoa
    1 egg, beaten
    1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
    1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
    1 cup toasted coconut
    For middle layer:
    1/2 cup unsalted butter
    2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cream
    2 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
    2 cups powdered sugar
    For top layer:
    4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
    2 tablespoons European-style cultured unsalted butter

Directions

  1. Make the bottom layer: Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8" x 8" pan.
  2. Make the middle layer: Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. With an offset spatula, spread over bottom layer in pan.
  3. Make top layer: Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator, using offset spatula to distribute layer evenly. Once hardened, cut into small bars.

Makes roughly 16 2"x2" squares.

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