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Nanaimo Bars

Recipes for Nanaimo Bars can be found in many Canadian cookbooks, as Nanaimo is a port city in British Columbia. The bars will keep in the freezer, tightly wrapped, for a couple of weeks -- but you'll have difficulty keeping them that long.

Step I ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 generous cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans or walnuts

Step II ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla or chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

Step III ingredients:

  • 4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Step I: Lightly grease a 9-inch square pan. Melt butter over low heat. Turn heat up to medium and blend in sugar, vanilla, egg whites and cocoa, stirring constantly until very smooth and thick, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the graham cracker crumbs and chopped nuts. Press mixture into prepared pan.

Step II: Mix together the butter, instant pudding, milk and confectioners' sugar. Spread over crumb mixture and chill in fridge until firm, about 20 minutes. Remove from fridge about 10 minutes before beginning Step III.

Step III: Melt together the chocolate and butter, stirring until smooth. Allow to cool slightly and spread on top of chilled mixture. Chill again until chocolate is firm (do not freeze yet, or chocolate will break up into pieces when you try to cut into bars). Cut into bars. Store, tightly wrapped, in freezer. Makes 12 to 16 bars.

Catherine S. Vodrey

Sunday, September 01, 2002

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