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World’s Best Nanaimo Bars

Blossom Lady
Mar 07, 2022 01:29 AM
World’s Best Nanaimo Bars

These classic Nanaimo bars are one of Canada’s most popular desserts. They have a fudgy chocolate and coconut cookie base, a creamy custard buttercream filling, and a smooth chocolate ganache on top. Every bite is like a taste of heaven that will keep you coming back for more!

Nanaimo bars are a no-bake dessert consisting of three distinct layers: a chocolate-coconut graham cracker base, a custard buttercream filling, and chocolate ganache on top. Each layer is extremely different from one another, but put together it’s like a trifecta effect of flavours and textures, which is what makes this dessert so unique and amazing.

A classic made even better – Keeping things as authentic as possible, there are just a few minor tweaks I made to the original recipe:

Added more custard powder for more flavour and made the center part thicker for a better filling-to-crust ratio.

Increased the amount of chocolate on top for a slightly thicker chocolate ganache layer.

Used pecans instead of almonds because pecans are much easier to finely chop and provide a better flavour.

Used heavy cream in the ganache instead of butter for a creamier top layer that is easier to cut.

Keeps well – These bars will last up to a week refrigerated and they freeze really well up to 3 months. Simply thaw overnight in the fridge and they are good as new.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (50g) sugar
  • 5 tbsp (30g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 ¾ cup (180g) graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup (50g) pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (85g) unsweetened finely shredded coconut
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tbsp custard powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups (375g) powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream (plus 1-2 tsp only if needed)
  • 6oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream
Prep Time:
25 minutes
Cook Time:
20 minutes
Total Time:
45 minutes
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