NANAIMO BAR RECIPE
Nanaimo is not only well-known for it's beautiful harbour, great outdoor recreational opportunities, friendly people, bathtub race and vibrant city, but for our World Famous Nanaimo Bars! You've seen them in your local bakery, Tim Horton's and in the baking section of your local food store. Well they came from here and we're darn proud of it. And our website has the best recipes you'll find!
The ever popular Nanaimo Bar, known internationally, and a favourite dessert in many restaurants, has a notable thermal significance. During Nanaimo's heyday as an international coal provider, families of miners sent care packages which often included this sweet treat.
According to local legend about 35 years ago, a Nanaimo housewife entered her recipe for chocolate squares in a magazine contest. In a burst of civic pride, she chose to dub the entry not "Daphne's Delights" or "Mary's Munchies", but "Nanaimo Bars". The entry won a prize, thereby publishing the town as much as her cooking. Some American tourists claim sovereignty over the dessert, referred to as "New York Slice" which is sold in many other places in the world. Nanaimo residents refuse to accept this theory, however, believing that once you set foot on Vancouver Island, there are no other places in the world. The official Nanaimo Bar recipe was available as a handout as well as on quality tea towel and apron souvenirs.
We have collected many different Nanaimo Bar recipes for you. Give them all a try and why not experiment yourself. Let us know if you come up with a new twist to a traditional favourite!
JOYCE'S OFFICIAL NANAIMO BAR RECIPE
½ cup unsalted butter (European style cultured)
¼ cup sugar
5 tbsp. cocoa
1 egg beaten
1 ¼ cups graham wafer crumbs
½ c. finely chopped almonds
1 cup coconut
Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8" x 8" pan.
½ cup unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. and 2 Tsp. cream
2 Tbsp. vanilla custard powder
2 cups icing sugar
Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.
4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
Judy from Lake Havasu let us know that she used egg nog in place of the cream in the custard and it was a huge hit (December 17, 2004).
ARLENE'S PEANUT BUTTER NANAIMO BARS
CHERRY ALMOND NANAIMO BARS
From Canadian Living Magazine, September 1988, adapted from the Captain Kennedy Tea House Cookbook, by the Captain Kennedy Tea House in Lockport, Manitoba.
CHRETIEN LEPIECE'S NANAIMO BAR RECIPE
Chretien LePiece is the Chef to the Ambassador of Canada to the United States.
1 cup butter
In top of double boiler, melt butter and cocoa, add sugar, and stir. Cook over boiling water until well blended. Add egg and cook for 5 minutes, stirring. Remove from heat, add vanilla, stir, add crumbs, nuts, and coconut. Blend well. Press in buttered 13x9 pan. Cool.
1 cup soft butter
Cream butter until fluffy, blend in pudding mix and milk. Gradually blend in sugar until smooth. Spread over base. Chill in refrigerator.
2 tablespoons butter
Melt chocolate and butter together. Spread over filling. Chill until firm. Cut into squares. Keep in refrigerator, but can be frozen. Enjoy!
While in Nanaimo you can purchase one of these delicious little bars at bakeries and stores throughout town. The Nanaimo Bakery on Bowen Road, Thrifty's Food Store, Tim Horton's at South Parkway, Rock City Centre and across from Woodgrove Center all stock them! Enjoy one here and take some back for your family and friends! Many local grocery stores also have Nanaimo Bar mixes you can transport without refrigeration.