If you’re looking for an excuse to do some baking, why not try creating a traditional Canadian dessert? The Nanaimo Bar, which gets its name from the city of Nanaimo, located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, consists of a crunchy biscuit base with a smooth custard layer and deliciously rich chocolate topping.
Sound intriguing? Read on for the best nanaimo bar recipe…
Nanaimo bars ingredients
For the biscuit base (bottom layer)
- 125g softened butter
- 50g caster sugar
- 5 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 beaten egg
- 200g digestive biscuits, blitzed to crumbs
- 100g desiccated coconut
- 50g chopped almonds (optional)
For the custard icing (middle layer)
- 100g butter, softened
- 4 tbsp heavy cream
- 3 tbsp custard powder
- 250g icing sugar
For the chocolate topping
- 150g dark chocolate
- 50g butter
And here’s how to assemble…
First, melt the butter over a saucepan of simmering water, adding the sugar and cocoa powder and stirring now and again until silky smooth.
Next, whisk in the egg for 2-3 minutes until the mixture becomes thick. Remove from heat and stir in the digestive biscuit crumbs, as well as the desiccated coconut and chopped almonds (if you choose to include!) Press into the base of a 20 cm square tin lined with parchment paper and cool in the fridge for 10 mins.
Now it’s time for the custard part! Whisk together the butter, cream and custard powder together until light and fluffy, adding the icing sugar gradually until you’ve stirred it all in. Layer over the biscuit base and chill in the fridge for another 10 minutes. When you take it out the custard should no longer be soft (if it is, put back in the fridge for another few minutes!)
If you’ve resisted the urge not to snack on the chocolate, melt it with the butter in the microwave or over a pan of water. Then pour and spread the melted chocolate mixture over the bars, placing back in the fridge carefully. Now this is the part that requires a little bit of patience…
It will take about two hours for the chocolate to fully set (and you to enjoy this delicious treat!) Simply take out of the tin, cut into squares and serve!
Fancy trying this delicious treat in its birthplace? Book your flights to Vancouver and sail over to Nanaimo via ferry.