Nanaimo Bars

Makes 24-30 bars

Time – 45 minutes

Tips – Nanaimo Bars are a Canadian staple and have been considered to be Canada’s favourite confection. It is a dessert bar that requires no baking and is named after the west coast city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. Nanaimo Bars freeze well.

Ingredients:

Bottom Layer

  • 14 to 16 digestive biscuits
  • 125g butter, softened
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut

Middle Layer

  • 125g butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 5 drops yellow food colouring
  • 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour

Topping

  • 120 grams dark chocolate melts (buttons)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Method:
  1. Line a rectangular baking dish that measures approximately 30cm x 22cm with baking paper or tin foil.

Bottom Layer

  1. Blitz the biscuits in a food processor until you have fine crumbs; you will need 1 ¾ cups. Melt the butter, sugar and cocoa powder on top of a double boiler or heavy saucepan. Add egg & stir to cook & thicken.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in the crumbed biscuits, walnuts and coconut and press firmly into pan.

Middle Layer

  1. In large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and food colouring; mix well.
  2. Gradually add icing sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, combine milk and cornflour; stir until cornflour is dissolved. Add to icing mixture; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Spread over bottom layer. Keep chilled in the refrigerator.

Topping

  1. Melt chocolate and butter over low heat; cool. When cooled but still runny, spread over middle layer.

Keep chilled in the refrigerator. Use a very sharp knife to cut into squares.

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