Thursday, July 25, 2013

Nanaimo Bars

I'm back! Actually, I haven't really gone anywhere. I guess you could say I took a vacation from technology for awhile. My last post was in the dead of winter and the mighty blizzard. Oh, that seems so long ago! Now the summer is here, and the heat has been incredibly unbearable. The temperature had been between 90 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit for the past couple of weeks. YUCK! Needless to say, not much baking has been going on.

Yesterday, I was craving something sweet but I didn't want to turn on the oven. Then I remembered I had this new recipe I wanted to try- Nanaimo Bars. Only refrigeration is required to make these- no baking!! A perfect recipe for a hot day! I had bought all of the ingredients a few weeks back after a conversation with my sister. In fact, let me tell you about that convo...

My sister has been spending some time in Canada recently. She called me and asked if I had ever heard of Nanaimo Bars. These treats are popular in Canada and named after the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. I never had heard of them before which was surprising to both of us because of all the baking I do. The funny thing is that my sister's pronunciation of "Nanaimo" sounded a lot like "Nanu-Nanu" to me. You remember that, right? Mork and Mindy... here's a visual to jog your memory:


I bet now that you see this, you are saying "Nanu-Nanu" and spreading your fingers in greeting! (Yes...well... at least that is what I am doing). After that thought came to mind, the conversation between my sister and myself turned into complete silliness which, if you know the two of us, happens quite often. By the end of the phone call, Nanaimo Bars were dubbed "Nanu-Nanu" bars that were eaten by Mork from Ork.

All silliness aside, my interest was piqued and I searched for a recipe. I found this one: Nanaimo Bars which also gives a little history to the origin of the recipe. One of the ingredients for these bars is vanilla custard powder. I never heard of this before but I was able to find it in the international section of my local grocery store.


I now have a large canister of this powder which I must now find more uses for. Hmm, sounds like more blog posts of yummy treats...

Back to the bars...

I made them and O CANADA! Nanaimo Bars are awesome! The bottom crust is chewy, the middle layer has a creamy pudding texture, and the top layer has a nice candy bar crunch to it!
In fact, these bars are so good that I would have to say they are out of this world which means that "Nanu-Nanu" Bars is a great alternative name for them. After all, Mork was from another planet ;).