Nanaimo Bars III

    Nanaimo Bars III

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    2hr40min


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    About this recipe: Because it's three layers, this sounds hard but it's worth it. My son is famous for making and taking these in to work. I've heard other names but here in the Northwest everyone knows them as Nanaimo bars. They are sold on British Columbia Ferries and at coffee stands. If you can't find custard powder, I've used instant pudding mix with good results.

    Ingredients
    Makes: 16 bars

    • First layer
    • 115 g butter, softened
    • 50 g white sugar
    • 25 g unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 145 g graham cracker crumbs
    • 75 g flaked coconut
    • 50 g finely chopped almonds
    • Middle layer
    • 115 g butter, softened
    • 45 ml heavy cream
    • 15 g custard powder
    • 240 g confectioners' sugar
    • Top layer
    • 112 g semisweet baking chocolate
    • 2 teaspoons butter

    Directions
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:2hr chilling  ›  Ready in:2hr40min 

    1. For the first layer: In the top of a double boiler, combine butter, white sugar and cocoa powder. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Beat in the egg, stirring until thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in the graham cracker crumbs, coconut and almonds (if you like). Press into the bottom of an ungreased 8x8 inch pan.
    2. For the middle layer, cream together butter, heavy cream and custard powder until light and fluffy. Mix in the confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over the bottom layer in the pan. Chill to set.
    3. While the second layer is chilling, melt the semisweet chocolate and 2 teaspoons butter together in the microwave or over low heat. Spread over the chilled bars. Let the chocolate set before cutting into squares.

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