Nanaimo BarsAugust 26, 2010
When the My Kitchen, My World group announced Canada as the August destination, the first thing I thought of was maple. But I don’t like maple all that much, so the next thing I thought of was Nanaimo Bars. You see, I’ve been to Nanaimo twice, but I’ve never had a Nanaimo Bar.
When I was making them, I thought they would be too sweet. They are really sweet, but also really, really good. My husband and I both enjoyed them. I think the large amount of butter helps deflect some of the sweetness. Yes, these are rich, but so tasty. The bottom layer is fantastic. Perhaps it’s especially fantastic because it contains crushed homemade graham crackers.
- I’m sure there are many variations of the recipe, but I decided to use this one, on the City of Nanaimo website.
- I cut the recipe in half and made it in a 6″ round pan (that’s why my bar is a wedge).
- For the vanilla custard powder, I used instant vanilla pudding mix.
- I used chocolate chips for the top layer of chocolate had a heck of a lot of trouble getting them to melt nicely. I know that non-chocolate-chip-chocolate melts better, but I thought I could get away with it. Apparently not.
- These need to come out of the refrigerator for a while before cutting. That, combined with my chocolate melting difficulty, made me think that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to sprinkle a layer of mini-chocolate chips on top rather than bothering with the melting and spreading. I may try that next time.
Nanaimo is a city on the eastern side of Vancouver Island. I have lots of photos of the beautiful scenery on Vancouver Island, but the only photo of Nanaimo that I could find was this one.
At least I’m 99% sure that photo is from Nanaimo. It’s definitely from Canada!
The roundup of everyone’s posts will be posted on My Kitchen My World soon.