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No-bake Nanaimo bars
Date: October 12, 2016
  • Crust:
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • Middle Layer:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 4 tablespoons custard powder
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • Top Layer:
  • 8 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Preparation Steps:
  1. Crust (Use Steps 2-5):
  2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large saucepan. Heat and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in graham crumbs, coconut, and walnuts.
  4. Pack firmly into ungreased 9"x13" pan.
  5. Place in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the middle layer.
  6. Middle Layer (Use Steps 7-8):
  7. Beat all 4 ingredients together in medium bowl until smooth.
  8. Spread over first layer. Chill for 45 minutes.
  9. Top Layer (Use Steps 10-12):
  10. Melt chocolate and butter in a small bowl at 50% power in the microwave. Microwave for about 1½ minutes, stir, then microwave another 30 seconds or longer if needed, stirring frequently.
  11. Spread chocolate mixture fairly evenly over the middle layer.
  12. Chill for 1 hour, then score chocolate with a sharp knife and return to fridge to chill completely before cutting into bars.

Chefs Note:

Scoring the chocolate just means making shallow cuts in it so that it will not chill into a solid mass which will crack when you eventually go to cut these into bars.



Yield: 12-16 servings

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