On a clear day I can see Canada – really – or rather on a clear day I can see Canada looking out the window on the top floor of a tall building. And so I was very surprised to learn of this delicious dessert Canadians love, but where have I been? How is it I haven’t come across the Nanaimo Bar from my Canadian friends?
Of course once I saw the ingredients of the Nanaimo bar I had to give the dessert a try and see if it lived up to my expectations after reading how much Canadians love this national treat. Many thanks to Lorelei at Ladymermaid who clued me in on this Canadian dessert tradition! The Canadian Nanaimo Bar is a bar dessert with a graham cracker, coconut, chocolate crust topped with a layer of custard and then a layer of chocolate which equals yummy to me.
How To Make Nanaimo Bars
I used Kraft Canada’s Nanaimo Bar recipe and followed the comments by experienced Nanaimo Bar bakers to tweak the recipe a bit. I usually make a new recipe as directed for the first time and then tweak the second time if desired. In this case due to the consistency of reviews I doubled the custard layer as in who doesn’t like more custard! Other than that tweak I followed the directions as written.
Ingredients Ultimate Nanaimo Bars Recipe
Recipe Courtesy Of Kraft Canada
6 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate (I used Tollhouse semi sweet chocolate chips)
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 cups graham crumbs
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
2 tablespoons Bird’s Custard Powder
3 tablespoons milk
2 cups icing sugar (confectioner sugar)
Find directions on the Kraft Canada site. This dessert does take time to make; not because of difficultly but because there is a refrigerator setting time between the layers.
Canadian Nanaimo Bar Tips
Doubling the custard added a nice layer of custard in the bar. I highly recommend the pan is lined with parchment paper for ease of clean up and ease of cutting the bar once set. Next time I would also try decreasing the sugar as recommended by the reviewers.
The final verdict! The Nanimo was worth the wait of waiting for the delivery of the custard powder. The bar is very rich so one bar does go along way. I loved the custard filling in the middle of the dessert bar and was glad I doubled the custard filling. The most difficulty I had was tracking down custard powder versus making the dessert bar.
After a little research I found recipes for mint Nanaimo Bars, Jello Nanaimo Bars, peanut butter Nanaimo bars which I will be interested in trying in the future. I am adding the Nanaimo Bar Recipe to my list of Christmas Cookie Bars.
Where To Find Bird’s Custard Powder
My first road block into gathering the ingredients for the Nanaimo Bar was finding custard powder. I love custard and the image of a custard layer in the Nanaimo image was enticing enough. I checked the specialty stores and struck out.
I read reports on the internet of Kroger and Cost Plus carrying custard powder and strike 2 and 3. I considered driving to Canada … which actually is not that far flung for those of us in border states and fairly common.
Slightly deterred, but still on the hunt for Bird’s Custard Powder I of course utilized our friend in a time of need Amazon and struck custard powder gold. Yeah!
I’m looking forward to using this new ingredient in my repertoire for more goodies!
Day One: Scrumptious Hello Dolly Bars
Day Two: Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe (not the imitation!)
Day Three: Top 3 Christmas Crack recipes
Day Four: Frozen Hot Chocolate
Day Five: Nanaimo Bars
Day Six: Christmas Puffcorn
Day Seven: DIY Christmas Vegetable Tree