Monday, August 2, 2010
Baked on Monday - Nanaimo Bars
Well, not really "baked", just cooked a little then refrigerated.
My family has made Nanaimo bars forever. They are named after the city in which they were created, decades ago. Nanaimo is located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I thought these bars would be the perfect BC Day Baked on Monday. Hope you like them!
1/2 cup unsalted butter
5 tblsp sugar
5 tblsp cocoa
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup walnuts finely chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 tblsp milk
2 tblsp custard powder
2 cups icing sugar (powdered sugar)
4 oz semi sweet chocolate, chopped
1 tblsp unsalted butter
Bottom layer: In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in the cocoa powder and sugar, then gradually whisk in the beaten egg. Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens (1-2 mins). Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, graham cracker crumbs, coconut, and chopped walnuts. Press mixture evenly onto the bottom of a 9x9 non-stick pan. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour.
Middle layer: Beat the butter until creamy, with an electric or hand mixer. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until mixture is smooth. Spread the filling over the bottom layer, cover, and refrigerate until firm (about an hour).
Top layer: In a heatproof bowl, melt chocolate and butter over a saucepan of simmering water. Spread the melted chocolate, evenly, over the filling and refrigerate until set. Wait until room temperature before cutting, as it could crack. Actually, who cares if it cracks? It will still be delicious.
Happy B.C. Day! I'm off camping for the next few days. It'll be nice just to be all feral, and hang around Nicola Lake. Have a great week everyone!
Posted by Pinecone Camp at 5:50 AM