It's true: Nanaimo has it's own dessert 'mascot.' The bar has its origins from the area of the same name in Vancouver Island, Canada. Even better? It's a no-bake recipe.
I made some minor modifications to the recipe that I used, but I'll call them out.
Recipe from Cajun Sugar Pie
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
5 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup toasted coconut
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp instant vanilla pudding mix
3 tbsp milk
3rd layer: (I doubled the original recipe as it was a lot easier to spread to cover the entire batch)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tbsp butter
1. Grease a 9 inch square pan
2. Combine 1/2 cup butter, sugar, and cocoa in a medium saucepan. Stir over low heat until mixture begins to thicken.
3. This is where my recipe differs from the original. In a separate bowl, beat the egg. Pour in a tbsp of the melted mixture. Mix quickly and add a little more of the mixture. I wanted to temper the egg so that it didn't curdle within the hot mixture. Once about half of the hot mixture is well incorporate with the egg, pour all back into the original saucepan. Heat on low until thick, then add the vanilla. Remove from heat.
4. Add coconut and graham cracker crumbs, mixing until well blended.
5. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan and refrigerate for one hour.
7. Add milk slowly while stirring. Mix until smooth.
8. Spread evenly over bottom layer. Refrigerate for one hour.
10. Refrigerate at least an hour or until hardened.
|Final layer after refrigeration|
Slice into bars and serve! Refrigerate for storage. I served these at a Scottish pipe band parade event that we danced in. I thought there might be some Canadians in the group (it seems like there always are amongst the Scottish community) so they might recognize this treat. When I announced that I had brought Nanaimo Bars, there was definitely recognition and I'm pleased to say that the platter was left with just a few crumbs within minutes.
Back to dance camp. I'll be spending a week working on my Irish dancing and some other Celtic activities including the bodhran and tin whistle. I can't wait! I'll give you a recap when I'm back, and crafting updates of anything that I'm able to work on when I'm there. I'm only allowed 25lbs of luggage on the sea plane I'll be taking, so whatever I bring will have to be small and light! See you when I get back!
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