Friday, May 15, 2009

Nanaimo Bars Variations, From the Kitchen of: Lana Bistritz

Nanaimo Bars Variations,
From the Kitchen of: Lana Bistritz

Named after the city of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, these are a fixture
at every
Canadian bake sale, wedding shower, etc

INGREDIENTS
Base:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
5 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Filling:
1/3 cup butter
3 Tbsp custard powder, Bird's brand (or substitute vanilla jello pudding
powder)
1/4 cup milk
3 cups icing sugar

Topping:
8 ounces semisweet chocolate
2 Tbsp butter

DIRECTIONS
Base: melt butter in heavy saucepan. Stir in sugar and cocoa until
smooth. Whisk
egg with vanilla and stir into butter mixture. Remove from heat. Stir in
crumbs,
coconut and nuts. Press evenly over bottom of greased 9" square pan.
Chill until set,
at least 20 min.



Filling: Beat butter with wooden spoon until light. Beat in custard
powder and
milk. Gradually beat in sugar. Spread over chilled base and let set in
fridge.

Topping: Melt together chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Spread
in even layer
over chilled filling. Store in fridge until choc. topping begins to harden.
Score
topping into bars. Cut before totally solid, use a hot knife, wipe clean
between cuts.
Store in fridge or freeze for up to 2 months.

NOTE: These look wonderful on a tray of goodies and people love them.








VARIATION: Peanut Butter Filling
2 T Custard powder
1/4 c Milk
2 Tbsp Butter; softened
1/2 c Peanut butter, smooth
2 c Sugar icing sugar or confectioners -sifted

VARIATION: Grand Marnier Filling
2 c Icing Sugar
1/4 c Butter; softened
1/4 c Grand Marnier or orange ­liqueur
1 tb Orange rind; coarsely grated






VARIATION: Cherry Filling
1/4 c Butter; softened
1 Tbsp. Cherry juice
2 c Icing sugar
1/3 c Maraschino cherries; chopped
drop or 2 of red food coloring

VARIATION: Mint Filling
1/3 cup butter
3 Tbsp custard powder, Bird's brand (or substitute jello pudding powder)
1/4 cup milk
3 cups icing sugar
1 tsp. peppermint flavoring
1 or 2 drops green food coloring as desired.



VARIATION: Cappuccino Filling
2 Tbsp milk
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 tsp instant coffee or espresso powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups icing sugar (aka powdered or confectioners)

VARIATION: Bailey¹s Irish Cream Filling
1/3 cup butter
3 Tbsp custard powder, Bird's brand
(or substitute vanilla jello pudding powder)
1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
2 - 3 cups icing sugar



Nanaimo Bars (Variations, 2 of 3)

From the Kitchen of: Lana Bistritz
Nanaimo Bars (Variations, 3 of 3)

From the Kitchen of: Lana Bistritz

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