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Web's Best Chocolate Nanaimo Bars Recipe

Chocolate Nanaimo bars, also known as chocolate slice, are never ending crowd pleasers.

Trivia: The Nanaimo bar is said to have originated in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. Many versions abound, but the "official" recipe, as declared by one of Nanaimo's mayors, is found here: Nanaimo's authentic Nanaimo Bars.

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Because the original, version is found at the link given above, I'm providing you with two variations on Nanaimo bars.

Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars

Ingredients

Bottom

3 oz chocolate, semisweet
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 cups graham wafer crumbs
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts

Filling

2 tbsp custard powder (eg Birds)
1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp soft butter
1/2 cup peanut butter, smooth
2 cups sugar,icing; or confectioner

Icing

5 oz chocolate, semisweet, chopped. The Endurance Chocolate Chipper Fork 7 1/2" - RSVP is a handy tool to have for this purpose.
1 tbsp butter

Method

Make the bottom by melting chocolate and butter in microwave. Times vary depending on your oven. Mix in sugar, vanilla and egg. Add crumbs, coconut and nuts. Press into 9 inch square pan and chill. To make the filling, use an electric mixer (such as the highly rated KitchenAid K45SS Classic 250-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer, White. Beat all ingredients together. Spread over the base and chill.

To make the icing, melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan. Spread over the filling. Chill, then enjoy! These Nanaimo bars are so rich you may want to slice them into small pieces.

Grand Marnier Nanaimo Bars

Ingredients

Bottom

2 cups graham wafer crumbs
1 cup coconut, unsweetened, flaked
1/2 cup pecans; toasted, chopped
2/3 cup butter
1/3 cup cocoa powder; unsweetened -sifted
1/4 cup sugar, granulated
1 egg; beaten

Filling

2 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup butter; softened
1/4 cup Grand Marnier
1 tbsp orange rind; coarsely grated
Topping

1 tbsp butter
4 oz semisweet chocolate; melted

Method

To make the bottom of your Grand Marnier Nanaimo bars, begin by stirring together the crumbs, coconut and pecans. Heat the butter, cocoa and sugar in a saucepan until the butter melts. Remove from heat. Whisk in egg. Blend into crumb mixture. Press into a greased nine inch square pan and bake in 350 °: oven for ten minutes. Cool in pan.

For the filling of your Nanaimo bars, place half of the icing sugar and the butter in a bowl. Mix, then add the Grand Marnier, remaining icing sugar and the orange rind. Spread this over the base layer. Chill. To make the chocolate topping, stir the butter into chocolate until melted. Spread this over the Grand Marnier layer. Cool for twenty minutes in fridge, then cut your Nanaimo bars into slices.

Wiltons pans; specialty pans. Check here for hard-to-find specialty bakeware items.

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