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Nanaimo Bars (Canadian Candy)

Ingredients:

1 cup (250 mL) graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup (125 mL) sweetned flaked coconut or shredded coconut
1/3 cup (75 mL) finely chopped walnut halves
1/4 cup (60 mL) cocoa powder
1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (75 mL) butter, melted1 egg, lightly beaten

Filling:

1/4 cup (60 mL) butter
2 tbsp (30 mL) custard powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla2 cups (500 mL)
icing sugar
2 tbsp (30 mL) milk, (approx.)

Topping:

4 oz (113 g) semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter

Directions:

In bowl, stir together graham crumbs, coconut, walnuts, cocoa powder and sugar. Drizzle with butter and egg; stir until combined.

Press crumb mixture into parchment paper–lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square metal cake pan.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Filling:

In bowl, beat together butter, custard powder and vanilla. Beat in icing sugar alternately with milk until smooth, adding up to 1 tsp (5 mL) more milk if too thick to spread. Spread over cooled base; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Topping:

In heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter. Spread over filling; refrigerate until almost set, about 30 minutes.

With tip of knife, score into bars; refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 1 hour. Cut into bars.

Recipe yields 18 bars.

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