A Great Canadian Dessert Eh!

During our year long trip around the world, we have bee staying with many people and we wanted to be able to make something Canadian for them. We got this Nanaimo bar recipe from one of our neighbours back home, Gail, and have been making the bars our whole trip. They have been enjoyed by all and now others can make this great Canadian recipe too!  This dessert has three layers: the base, custard in the middle, and a chocolate top.

The finished Nanaimo bars

The finished Nanaimo bars

Base Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
5 tbsp cocoa

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 8×8 baking pan

parchment paper

 

1. In a double boiler, combine the first five ingredients.

The first ingredients

The first ingredients

Mixing in a double boiler

Mixing in a double boiler

2. Mix until combined and melted.

The combined melted ingredients

The combined melted ingredients

3. Remove from heat.

4.Stir in coconut and graham cracker crumbs.

Adding the coconut and graham cracker crumbs

Adding the coconut and graham cracker crumbs

All the combined ingredients

All the combined ingredients

5. Spread the mixture in a square pan lined with parchment paper for easy removal.

6. Pat it down into a firm base.

The base in the pan

The base in the pan

7. Chill in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes.

 

Custard Ingredients

1/4 cup soft butter (not melted)
2 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp custard powder
3 tbsp milk

1. Mix all ingredients until smooth and creamy without any lumps.  Add more milk if needed.

The ingredients in a bowl before being mixed

The ingredients in a bowl before being mixed

2. Spread onto the chilled base.

The custard on the base

The custard on the base

3. Chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

 

Top Layer Ingredients

4 big squares of semi sweet chocolate
1 tsp butter

1. Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler or microwave.

Chocolate and butter

Chocolate and butter

2. Mix together and spread on top of the custard.

The melted chocolate and butter

The melted chocolate and butter

Spreading the chocolate on to the custard

Spreading the chocolate on to the custard

3. Chill until chocolate sets.

4. Score the chocolate when it is semi-firm to be able to cut it easier.

5. Cut into squares, serve, and enjoy!

The finished Nanaimo bars

The finished Nanaimo bars

A special thank you to Teta Gail for giving us a truly unique and fantastic Canadian dessert!

15 thoughts on “A Great Canadian Dessert Eh!”

  1. Herta Park says:

    What a great and “classic Canadian” idea!

    1. Mikhaila says:

      Hi Herta,

      I love nanaimo bars especially since they are Canadian! 🙂

  2. Terry Gelinas says:

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. Mikhaila says:

      Hello Terry,

      When you make it can I have a sample? 🙂

  3. Oma says:

    Hi, Mikhaila, I just finished making the best apricot/apple cake from your Aunt in Australia, it turned out really great and is just yummy. I plan to make the Nanaimo Bar recipe when it gets a bit cooler. Love the step by step instructions with photos. I’ve never made them and look forward to the experience. Thanks for this and Love to all

    1. Mikhaila says:

      Hi Oma,

      Making nanaimo bars is really fun! I think they can be made at any time! 🙂

      1. Erin says:

        I honestly am probably going to make some tonight.

  4. Baba says:

    Hi Mikhaila,

    All I can say is” Yummy in my Tummy”! They look so delicious! Thank you for sharing and for giving us not only step by step directions but as well as wonderful photos! Love, Baba

    1. Mikhaila says:

      Hello Baba,

      Nanaimo bars are one of my favourite desserts now! Before this trip, I had never tried one but now I know how to make them. 🙂

  5. Gail Lawlor says:

    Ahhhh! I had forgotten that you asked for my nanaimo bar recipe before you left!! so glad you were able to share this yummy treat around the world.

    Did you make it to Nanaimo BC?

    Do I see butter tarts in the background of one of your photos???? Yum!! If you are good at making those I would love your recipe for them! I have tried many different ones and none have hit the mark yet. So simple but so difficult to get the right combination of sweet and gooey!! The pastry plays a huge role in their success.

    Funny story: My mom and I ONLY made Nanaimo bars for Christmas, so when Richard asked me to make them in July one year I was aghast. “I can’t make them in the summer, they are a Christmas square!” I responded. He asked “why?” I had no good reason except 30 some years of only making them in December! So now I make them year round and EVERYONE loves them – as you discovered too.

    Love Gail

    1. Mikhaila says:

      Hi Teta Gail,

      The nanaimo bars were a big hit with everyone we made them for. We often got requests to go back to their house and make more! Thanks again for sharing this awesome recipe. 🙂

  6. Anju says:

    Dear Mikhaila,

    You’ve reminded me of not only that yummy desert but of the wonderful Canadian dinner. Remember even Pranav who doesn’t like anything with coconut in it loved it. In fact he had the most of it.:).
    Lots of love to all of you.
    Anju

    1. Mikhaila says:

      Hello Anju,

      We remember that dinner! We also remember all our time we spent with you and think about you often. 🙂

  7. Doreen laird says:

    Hey Mikhaila,
    Just how many times have you made Nanaimo bars during this wonderful trip? I love them!
    Happy birthday! Love to all..Teta Doreen xoxo

    1. Mikhaila says:

      Hi Teta Doreen,

      We’ve made the bars so many times I’ve lost count! I love the nanaimo bars too! 🙂

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