These are the WORST things to photograph. They look awful. And it was super hot this day so they were melting faster than I could shoot them. Or eat them, for that matter.
Are you a Nanaimo bar fan? I just found out that this is actually a CANADIAN thing! I had no idea. So, if you’re from the States or the UK and reading this (as half of my readers are), here’s a recipe for classic dark chocolate Nanaimo bars from Hidden Peonies. They are unreal and your friends will love you.
When I read about these berry and white chocolate ones, I was immediately interested. I’ve never seen any type of Nanaimo bars other than chocolate. I figured it was the perfect sweet treat to bring to book club.
Predictably, when something looks like crap, it tastes wonderful. These are no exception.
- 1.5 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
- 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
- 1 oz white chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/4 cup berry jam, warmed
- 2 tbsp custard powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/3 cups icing sugar
- 1 tbsp milk
- 8 oz white chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
- Stir together wafer crumbs, coconut, almonds and chocolate. Add butter and egg, stirring until combined. Press into parchment paper-lined 9x9 pan. Bake at 350 degrees and let cool. For the filling, beat together butter, jam, custard powder and vanilla. Beat in icing sugar alternately with milk. Spread over cooled base. Refrigerate until firm. For the topping, melt chocolate with oil in a heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot water. Spread over the filling. Refrigerate until chocolate is beginning to harden, but not completely set. With tip of a sharp knife, score into bars and refrigerate until chocolate is completely set, then cut.
Adapted from Canadian Living