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Classic Nanaimo Bars

Classic Nanaimo Bars
PREP TIME
15 min
COOK TIME
10 min
YIELDS
18-24 servings

The earliest Nanaimo bar was found in Edith Adam’s cookbook from 1953. This version of the Canadian classic is served at Hearthstone Artisan bakery in Nanaimo, BC.

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Ingredients

Base

315
g graham cracker crumbs
175
g sweet and fancy shredded coconut
68
g chopped walnuts
63
g cocoa powder
113
g sugar
169
g butter, melted
2
eggs
11
g vanilla extract

Filling

142
g butter at room temperature
40
g custard powder
13
g vanilla bean paste
625
g icing sugar, sifted
95
g milk

Chocolate Topping

256
g dark chocolate
83
g butter
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Directions

Step 1

Place all ingredients in mixing bowl.

Step 2

Blend together until fully incorporated.

Step 3

Press evenly into lined 9×13 cake pan, set aside.

Step 4

Cream together butter and custard powder until fluffy.

Step 5

Add in icing sugar, milk and vanilla bean paste, beat again until smooth and fluffy.

Step 6

Spread mixture evenly over base and put in the fridge while melting chocolate in the next step.

Step 7

Chop up chocolate into small pieces.

Step 8

Place chocolate in metal bowl with butter.

Step 9

Set bowl over a boiling pot of water and stir with a heat proof spatula until melted, chocolate should be smooth and shiny.

Step 10

Remove the pan from the fridge and pour chocolate over cold base and spread evenly on top.

Step 11

Chill in the fridge for approx. 5 minutes until the chocolate is almost set. Score and cut the bars before they set.

Step 12

Keep bars refrigerated until ready to eat.

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