Here is another little tribute to my home and native land and the Company’s Coming book. I don’t ever remember making Nanimo Bars growing up, but I definitely ate my fair share! They are a staple at any bakery. I don’t know their exact history, but they’re named after a city in British Columbia.
I think that I probably never made these because they look intimidating. They’re three layers of pretty, but they’re actually super easy. Nanaimo bars are no bake, which means you can make them while dinner is in the oven. Here are some things I’ve picked up as I’ve made them: 1. I tweaked the original recipe to have more chocolate on top; I just like this ratio better; 2. It helps to put the first two layers in the freezer while you’re melting the chocolate. This makes it way easier to spread the top layer; 3. These are way better cold. The flavors don’t seem to do as well if the chocolate top is soft.
I also love this recipe because it’s another use for the Bird’s Custard Powder that I keep in the pantry to make trifle. If you don’t have any custard powder, vanilla pudding powder will work.
Alright, go get your Canadian on!!
- 1/2 c. butter
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1/3 c. cocoa
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 3/4 c. graham cracker crumbs
- 3/4 c. coconut
- 1/2 c. butter, softened
- 3 Tbsp. milk
- 3 Tbsp. vanilla custard powder
- 2 1/4 c. icing sugar
- 1 1/4 c. chocolate chips
- 1/4 c. butter
- Melt the butter, sugar and cocoa in a heavy saucepan.
- Add the egg. Stir to cook and thicken. Remove the pan from heat.
- Stir in crumbs and coconut and press into a 9×9 ungreased pan.
- In a separate bowl, beat together milk, custard powder and powdered sugar until light and creamy.
- Spread over graham crumb layer.
- Place pan in freezer while making the top layer.
- Melt chocolate chips and butter together over low heat, or in the microwave. Cool for about ten minutes.
- Pour chocolate over the frosting layer and spread to cover the entire pan.
- Chill in refrigerator
These will keep in the refrigerator or the freezer. You can also add nuts to the graham cracker layer if you don’t have an allergic child who wants to try everything you make!!