Nanaimo bars

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PREP TIME

30 min

Makes

24 bars

* PLUS Refrigeration Time: 240 minutes
Nanaimo bars

Andreas Trauttmansdorff

These no-bake Canadian favourites are a must-have at Christmas.


Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups graham-cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked or desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts , or almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp orange liqueur , optional
  • 1/4 cup vanilla custard powder
  • 4 cups sifted icing sugar
  • 168 g semi-sweet chocolate , about 6 squares, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 to 2 tsp orange liqueur , orange juice or milk
  • 1/4 cup sifted icing sugar

Instructions

  • For base, lightly butter an 8-inch (2-L) square baking pan. In a small bowl, stir cocoa with sugar. In a large bowl, microwave butter on high until melted, 45 seconds. In a small bowl, whisk egg, then gradually whisk into melted butter until evenly mixed. Whisk in vanilla and cocoa mixture. Stir in crumbs, coconut and walnuts until evenly mixed. Press into an even layer in bottom of pan and refrigerate while preparing filling.
  • For filling, in a medium-size bowl, microwave butter on high until melted, 30 to 60 seconds. Whisk in milk, orange liqueur and custard powder, then stir in icing sugar. Evenly spread over base. Place in freezer until almost set, 15 minutes.
  • For topping, place chocolate in a small bowl. Add butter and microwave on medium until chocolate is almost melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir halfway through. Remove and stir until completely melted. Spread a thin even layer over chilled custard filling. Refrigerate, uncovered, until chocolate is firm but not hard, about 1 hour. For drizzle, stir orange liqueur into icing sugar. Drizzle over chocolate in a criss-cross pattern. Slice into 24 bars. Refrigerate up to 5 days or freeze up to 1 month.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 273,
  • Protein
  • 1.9 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.2 g,
  • Fat
  • 15.6 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1.4 g,
  • Sodium
  • 161 mg.