Monday, August 1, 2011

Nanaimo Bars

I am generally a person who rarely cooks in the kitchen. But really, deep in my heart, I really love cooking and I keep telling myself, someday when I have my own house I will really really cook..(though honestly, I myself wonder whether I will really do that!)

Anyway the other day I saw this recipe of Nanaimo Bars and suddenly started getting so rajin to try it myself. These no bake, three layered bars are originally from Canada and the only reason I was even interested to make those bars is because I was craving chocolate! So here it is..

Bottom Layer:

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar

1/3 cup (30 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (regular or Dutch-processed)

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups (200 grams) graham cracker crumbs or crushed Digestive Biscuits

1 cup (65 grams) sweetened or unsweetened coconut (shredded or flaked)

1/2 cup (50 grams) walnuts or pecans

Here's how to do the bottom layer:

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.

Remove from heat and stir in the sugar and cocoa powder and then gradually whisk in the beaten egg. Return the saucepan to low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens (1 - 2 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, crushed digestive biscuits, coconut, and chopped nuts.

Press the mixture evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (about an hour).
As I waited for the mixture to firm around one hour, I met this little makcik who can't wait for the cooking to be over so she can nenen all the way..

Siap bawak beg kecik lagi..haha.

As the one hour was approaching, I proceed to prepare the middle layer of the nanaimo bar..Here's the ingredients:

Middle Layer

1/4 cup (56 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

2 - 3 tablespoons milk or cream

2 tablespoons (20 grams) vanilla custard powder (Bird's) or vanilla pudding powder

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 cups (230 grams) powdered sugar (confectioners or icing) sugar

Middle Layer:

In your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until the mixture is smooth.

If the mixture is too thick to spread, add a little more milk. Spread the filling over the bottom layer, cover, and refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes).

Ok now for the final top layer...Ready with the ingredients now!

Top Layer

4 ounces (120 grams) semisweet chocolate

1 tablespoon (14 grams) unsalted butter

Top Layer: Chop the chocolate into small pieces.

Then, in a heatproof bowl, over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter.

Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the filling and refrigerate for about 10 minutes or just until the chocolate has set.

Using a sharp knife, cut into squares.

The nanaimo bars taste good, but somehow the based was crumbling away so those bars don't look that pretty lah. This is how it should look like:

photo copies from

Anyhow it's a super duper easy recipe to make and perfect for super lazy person like me. Oh before I forget, those recipe above I got from I copied it word by word, well just because I am too lazy.

Oh, happy ramadhan to all of you too! Have a blessed one and jangan naughty naughty tau!

4 superstars:

pizli said...

Aku ingat lagi soto yang kau masak dulu. Memang sangat sedap dan kau memang sangat berbakat dalam bidang masakan pada pendapat aku to be honest..

Liyana said...

mcm sedap je intan...buat lapar plak,huhuhu

Zezebel said...

Macam-macam plak bahan-bahan dia. kalau senang dan simple jer ingat nak try tadi.... :)

Che Ta said...

beb, pure vanilla extract tu beli kat mana?

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