i love nanaimo bars, they are a Canadian treat that consists of a biscuit layer, a butter cream layer and a chocolate layer.
i was lucky enough to have a family member who lived in Canada so i was able to grow up eating them, my brothers and i loved them and know my partner does too. he begs me to make them all the time, which i don’t mind doing as they are so easy.
i never really follow a recipe any more as i have made them so many times now i just do it by eye.
normally the base layer has a egg in but we find we like it better with out.
3/4 Cup softened butter
1/3 Cup white sugar
1/4 Cup cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 Cups graham cracker crumbs or digestive biscuits
2/3 cup coconut
chopped walnuts 3 tbsp
preheat oven to 350f
melt the butter
chop the walnuts and crush the biscuits then add to a food processor with the cocoa, sugar, coconut and vanilla and nuts, pulse to combine,
add the melted butter and mix together with the dry mixture, press into a lined tin and baked for 10 minutes.
the mixture will of raised a little in the oven so i always push it pack down as soon as i take it out of the oven, as it cools it forms a solid base.
for the middle layer
3/4 cups softened butter
2 – 3 Tsp milk or cream
2 Tbsp vanilla custard powder (Bird’s)
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 Cups powdered sugar
mix together with a whisk until smooth, spread over cooled base layer, refrigerate for half an hour then make the top layer
melt 4 oz chocolate with 1 tbsp butter in a bowl over a pan of boiling water and pour over and put in the fridge for half an hour, then slice and enjoy.
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