Qmee recipes – Nanaimo bars

If you’re looking for a new dessert idea, or a sweet snack to have during a coffee morning or afternoon tea, Nanaimo bars are perfect!

These bars from Canada are so moreish – with a crunchy biscuit base, custard layer and chocolate topping, we’ll be surprised if you’re able to stick to having just one!

Take a look at the ingredients and method below.

Here’s what you’ll need…

For the biscuit base:
125g softened butter
50g caster sugar
5 tbsp cocoa powder
1 egg, beaten
200g digestive biscuits, blitzed to crumbs
100g desiccated coconut
50g chopped almonds (optional)

For the custard icing:
100g butter, softened
4 tbsp double cream
3 tbsp custard powder
250g icing sugar

For the chocolate topping:
150g dark chocolate
50g butter

Here’s what you’ll need to do…

  1. Start by making the biscuit base – in a bowl, over a pan of simmering water, melt the butter with the sugar and cocoa powder, stirring occasionally until smooth.
  2. Whisk in the egg for 2 to 3 mins until the mixture has thickened.
  3. Remove from heat and mix in the biscuit crumbs, coconut and almonds if using, then press into the base of a lined 20cm square tin. Chill for 10 mins.
  4. For the middle layer, make the custard icing; whisk together the butter, cream and custard powder until light and fluffy, then gradually add the icing sugar until fully incorporated.
  5. Spread over the bottom layer and chill in the fridge for at least 10 mins until the custard is no longer soft.
  6. Melt the chocolate and butter together in the microwave, then spread over the chilled bars and put back in the fridge.
  7. Leave until the chocolate has fully set (about 2 hrs).
  8. Take the mixture out of the tin and slice into squares to serve.

 (Source: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/nanaimo-bars)