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Nanaimo Bars

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approx 25 slices

Canadian no bake bars. A slice/bar which requires no baking and is named after the west coast city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. It consists of a biscuit crumb-based layer topped by a layer of custard flavoured butter icing which is covered with dark chocolate. Three layers of deliciousness. Enjoy!

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Biscuit Base

  • 125g softened butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 3/4 cup digestive biscuits crumbs
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds (optional) not used in my pic

Custard Icing

  • 115 g butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons cream
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • 2 cups icing sugar

Chocolate Topping

  • 150g dark cooking chocolate (I use Green & Blacks 72%)
  • 50g butter


  1. In the top of a double boiler, combine butter, sugar and cocoa powder. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Beat in the egg, stirring until thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in the biscuit crumbs, coconut and almonds (if adding). Press into the bottom of an ungreased 8x8 inch pan

  2. For the middle layer, cream together butter, cream and custard powder until light and fluffy. Mix in the icing sugar until smooth. Spread over the bottom layer in the pan. Chill in fridge.

  3. While the second layer is chilling, melt the chocolate and butter together in the top of a double boiler. Spread over the chilled bars and place in fridge. Let the chocolate just set/harden and cut into squares, return to the fridge to set fully (if you allow the chocolate to completely set it will crack when you cut the slice up).

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