Saturday, August 16, 2008

Nanaimo Bars

In honor of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, I decided to give a shout out to our Northern neighbors. Also, if I don't do a Canadian something, Patty will never let me hear the end of it!
She and her family live in Ottawa. So, she's my 'go to' person concerning all things Canadian. When I was trying to decide what Canadian dish to post, she suggested these wonderfully delicious bars. She said that everyone has his or her own version of it, just as everyone has a different version of homemade brownies. They're very simple and as far as I'm concerned, three layers means triple good!
Thanx Pat!

bottom layer:
1/2 c butter
1 3/4 c graham cracker crumbs
1/4 c sugar
1/2 c nuts, chopped
1/3 c cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 c coconut, shredded
1 egg, beaten

middle layer:
1/2 c butter
2 tbs dry instant pudding*
3 tbs light cream
2 c powdered sugar

top layer:
4 oz semisweet chocolate**
2 tbs butter

Bottom layer:
In double boiler, melt butter, sugar and cocoa. Add egg and cook until thickened. Add crumbs, nuts and coconut. Press into ungreased 9 inch square pan.

Middle layer:
Beat together butter, cream, pudding and sugar. Spread over base. Chill.

Top layer:
Melt chocolate with butter; cool slightly. Pour over second layer. Chill. Cut into bars.

*The instant pudding powder is a substitute for 'custard powder' which is commonly sold in Canadian grocery stores.

** For a little twist, I used two different chocolates, semi sweet and white chocolate chips, and then simply swirl them together over the top of the bars.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The recipe looks good, but you might want to mention that the "Nanaimo" part refers to the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia, which is very close to Vancouver (I think some people might wonder about the name).