Nanaimo Bars
Nanaimo Bars
Get this quick and easy dessert bar recipe from Bake With Anna Olson.
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Preparation Time 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time 10 minutes
  • Yield 18 servings
  • Crust:
  • 1 cup Graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons Cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked Coconut
  • ½ cup Walnut pieces
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 large Egg, lightly beaten
  • Filling:
  • ½ cup unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups Icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla Custard powder
  • Pinch Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • Topping:
  • 113 grams semisweet Chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted Butter
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Lightly grease an 8-inch (20 cm) square pan and line it with parchment paper so that it comes up the sides
  2. For the crust, combine the graham crumbs with the cocoa powder and salt, then, add the coconut & walnut pieces. Stir in the melted butter and the egg and stir until blended. Press this into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for 12 minutes. Cool the crust completely before preparing the filling
  3. By hand, beat the butter with 1 cup (130 g) of the icing sugar, the custard powder and a pinch of salt until smooth. Add the milk and vanilla and beat in (don’t worry if it doesn’t look smooth at this point – it will smooth out), and then beat in the remaining 1 cup (130 g) of icing sugar. Do not overbeat – the filling should be smooth but not fluffy. Spread this evenly over the cooled crust
  4. For the topping, melt the chocolate and butter in a metal bowl placed over a pot of barely simmering water, stirring gently with a spatula until melted. Cool the chocolate slightly and then pour this over the filling, spreading to cover it. If you wish, sprinkle the top with a little sea salt. Chill the pan for about 2 hours before slicing into bars

Nanaimo Bars will keep for up to a week refrigerated

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