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Nanaimo Bars (Canadian Candy)

Nanaimo Bars (Canadian Candy)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) sweetened 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:

  1. In bowl, stir together graham crumbs, coconut, walnuts, cocoa powder and sugar.
  2. Drizzle with butter and egg; stir until combined.
  3. Press crumb mixture into parchment paper–lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square metal cake pan.
  4. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Filling:

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

Topping:

  1. In heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter.
  2. Spread over filling; refrigerate until almost set, about 30 minutes.
  3. With tip of knife, score into bars; refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 1 hour.
  4. Cut into bars.

Recipe yields 18 bars.

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