The most common version has three layers-- the bottom layer is a graham cracker and Dutch chocolate crust, glued together by butter, egg and walnuts (or pecans) and coconut. I have never added the coconut, because coconut is a love/hate kind of ingredient that I don't want to take chances on. I love coconut, but some of my family members don't. The middle layer-- ah, that's my favorite part. It's a buttercream. I've seen recipes that call for vanilla pudding mix, but I only use Bird's Eye Custard-- it's a must. (Please take note of the Bird's Eye Container -- which was unopened-- that claims "Easy to Open".)
website, and read the ingredients. Everything looked just as I remembered-- yep, I was ready. I had my four professional size cookie sheets ready to go. I was all set up for the assembly line:
their recipe is so, so ... not authentic! But, I need to practice forgiveness! I forged on, and made the buttercream.
This is absolutely delicious! So good! For the love of Pete, please find Bird's Eye Custard Powder. It's so much better than instant vanilla pudding. Trust me!
It was getting late, and I had lost my natural lighting-- so these photos are not up to the quality I strive for. After the bottom layer has set (in the refrigerator), you add the layer of butter cream. That has to set (about 30 minutes) and then you melt the chocolate. I admit, that I tempered my chocolate with both butter and cream. You have to work fast-- and if the chocolate is super hot, it will melt the buttercream. Now, let the bars chill until the chocolate is almost "set"-- but not completely ice cold. Why? You risk cracking the bars-- I am speaking from experience.
Trimming the bars was a challenge, though I was glad that I made these on parchment paper. That way, you can lift them out and cut these on a solid surface. Susie, this is the mess that you didn't see!
This piece had my husband's name on it. I didn't want to look at at Nanaimo bar, after this fiasco! Truth be told, I like chocolate but only in very small doses.
What a nightmare of cleanup! My husband helped me out, assuring me that they were delicious. In the end, I was happy that I got the job done. I refused to take money for my time. Considering my "Murphy's Law" experience, I wasn't going to charge for my time! Luckily, I'm posting this recipe the right way-- and it shouldn't take long at all, should you choose to accept this mission. I was happy to do a favor for Susie. She was so thankful and that made it all worthwhile. I would definitely make these again, now that I have the correct recipe. They are truly a delectable cookie bar-- though very, very rich!
I haven't baked one single dessert for my Christmas Eve dinner. My family has whittled down to be very small-- like a total of five people. I'm thankful to be on vacation, so that I can do things that bloggers have been posting for weeks-- Christmas decorations and all kinds of cookies. I doubt I'll make many cookies, but I can assure any of you folks who haven't baked a thing-- Nanaimo bars are easy and very delicious. Just be sure to keep them refrigerated-- or freeze them to enjoy for weeks!
I will be taking a blogging break for a few days. I'll be posting a recipe on Christmas Day. Until then--
Wishing all of you safe travels and a