Nanaimo Bars

I so love one of my best friends: Amanda, whom I’ve never met! Before you think I’ve completely lost my mind, let me explain. We met… yes…online through Foodbuzz. She is a nutritionist and I…well I just cook. We first became Foodbuzz friends commenting on each other’s posts and then following each other’s blogs. We quickly hit it off. There was something special about her and I knew it right off. She was more than just friendly. She has such a giving heart and our personalities are a lot alike yet we couldn’t be more different from each other. She’s Canadian, I’m American. She’s Caucasian and I’m Neopolitan (you figure that out), She lives in the West Coast and I’m in the Southeast in North Florida. Though thousands of miles separate us, technology brings us closer together. Three years later and we talk like school girls on the phone, over Facebook, Gmail, and daily eMails. Hubby thinks we’re more like sisters. And when I decided on creating my Facebook fan page for ORMG, I wanted a partner to help me run it and nobody would nor could fill the job better than Amanda. I hope we meet one day girl for real!!!

original photo by Sheri Terris | photo editing by Kim McDougal
Amanda has helped me in so many ways and now with my new project, “Treats of Sweets”, she again lends me a hand with a wonderful recipe for these amazing bars! You have got to try these out!

Originating in Nanaimo, BC, Canada (only 40 minutes from where Amanda was raised), this bar is for the ultimate chocolate lover…or anyone with a sweet tooth and that’s me! These bars would make me say goodbye forever to my diet! Shame on you Amanda! hee heee LOL!! Love ya girl!

Bottom Layer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
5 tbsp. cocoa
1 egg beaten
1-1/4 cups graham wafer crumbs
1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts
1 cup coconut

Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8″ x 8″ pan.

Second Layer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 tbsp. and 2 tsp. cream
2 tbsp. vanilla custard powder
2 cups icing sugar

Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

Third Layer:
4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator. ENJOY!  Finger licking is allowed!

Amanda’s note: She first posted this recipe on our fan page. Of course, I had to look for a photo that I knew I could use from the public domain…anyway all that aside, one of our fans asked what is custard powder and is it like instant pudding so here’s Amanda’s reply in case you have the same question:

“I use “Bird’s” custard powder and I’ve used it for eons. It isn’t really instant pudding, because it has no sugar in it. It gives the filling a reallly custardy taste and the yellow color. I have always found it near the instant pudding though, in the baking aisle, its in an orange/yellow tin….like how cocoa powder comes. It lasts forever. The center of these Nanaimo bars is actually my favorite part!”

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Kim McDougal

I’m Kim and from age 12, I’ve always enjoyed cooking. I started my first cooking blog, ORMG (Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet) in 2003 and it ran successfully for three years. Beautiful Food Photos is my platform to share my love of food photography.

2 thoughts on “Nanaimo Bars”

  1. OH GIRL!!! aka Big Sister!
    I write this with tears in my eyes!!! I feel the same way! God and luck brought us together and we WILL meet in person one day…to eat desserts from your new fantastic blog, to giggle and yack for hours and hours!
    Here's to our amazing friendship and the prettiest blog on the web! Love ya! xo

  2. AHHHHH lil Sis!!!!!
    You are so special and I know it will be hard for our hubbies to pull us apart when we meet cause we'll be gabbing like crazy huh???!! hee heee LOL! Thank you so much for your help, recipes, friendship, and love! Appreciate you and love ya back!

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