Nanaimo Bars

After a successful run with the Lemon bars, I wanted to try my hands on yet another kind of bar/squares. That’s when I discovered Nanaimo bars. They are basically 3 layers of goodness beginning with a layer of cocoa, egg, butter, coconut, digestive biscuit crumbs and nuts, followed by a buttery custard filling and topped with melted chocolate. Originally from Canada, these little treats will give you quite the sugar rush. This is sure to satisfy the sweetest of the sweet tooth. Personally, I’d go easy on the sugar next time around.
Bottom layer:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup shredded coconut
2 cups digestive biscuit crumbs
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup walnuts
Middle layer:
1/4 cup butter
4 tb sp milk/cream
2 tb sp custard powder (vanilla)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup icing sugar (original recipe calls for 2)
Top layer:
2/3 cup cooking chocolate
1 tb sp butter
Bottom layer:
Bring together cocoa, butter and sugar in a saucepan and cook over medium heat. Add beaten egg very slowly and carefully not letting it scramble. Cook for a few minutes till the mixture is thick. Take it off heat. Add the biscuit crumbs, coconut and nuts. Mix well and press into the bottom of prepared pan (8 inch). Refrigerate for an hour or until set well.

Middle layer:
Whisk butter (with a fork) well, till fluffy. Add the custard powder and vanilla. Add milk/cream. Add the sugar and mix well. Spread it on the prepared bottom layer. If it is too thick to spread, add more milk. Let it set for another hour or so.
Top layer
Using a double boiler melt butter and chocolate and pour over the set mixture. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour more.
Let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before cutting them into squares. Use a very sharp knife to avoid the chocolate layer cracking.

Nanaimo bars ready to be served.
Damn! They’re good.

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