Canada day is quickly approaching, and this year I will be prepared. This year, as well as finding fellow Canadians to celebrate with, I will also be preparing comfort food that only mom (not my mom of course, but someone's) can make. I'll of course start with the obligatory Poutine (See the article from my food blog to learn more), then move onto dessert, first Buttercups then maybe some Nanaimo bars. What is this strange food you ask? Buttertarts are a flaky buttery cup full of sugary goodness, while Nanaimo Bars are a layered no-bake blend of chocolate, fluffy cream filling and a graham cracker crust.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)
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Melt chocolate and butter overlow heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.
Nanaimo bars, originated when a housewife, Mabel Jenkins, entered the no-bake recipe in the annual Ladysmith and Cowichan Women's Institute Cookbook that was sold in the early 1950s. The bars even have their own Facebook Fan Page. Visit the City of Nanaimo's page for more history.
I'd love to know if you tried making these, I'm not sure that I will, but if I do, I'll post pics.
Stay hungry my friend.