Nanaimo Squares

225g butter
10 tbsp granulated sugar
10 tbsp cocoa
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
250g rich tea biscuit crumbs
160g coconut
135g chopped walnuts
8 tbsp butter
6 tbsp milk
5 tbsp vanilla custard powder
300g icing sugar
100g plain chocolate, melted
2 tbsp butter

Quantity: Makes 36 bars
Oven Temperature: N/A
Cooking Time: N/A
Setting Time: Chill for a few hours or overnight
1.Place the butter, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and egg in a bowl set over a pan of hot water. Stir until the butter is melted
2.Mix the biscuit crumbs, coconut and walnuts and combine with the cocoa mixture
3.Press this mixture firmly into the base of a 23cm square tin (that’s 9 inches square for the old school bakers)
4.Next combine the 8 tbsp butter with the milk, custard powder and icing sugar and spread over the base
5.Chill this for a few hours until firm
6.Melt the chocolate with 1 tbsp butter and spread evenly to form the top layer
7.Chill till firm and cut into bars to serve
This is a Canadian recipe which has been adapted for being made in the UK. The original recipe calls for Graham Wafer Crumbs. Researching online and speaking to Canadians who have been to the UK have suggested that Rich Tea biscuits are the nearest substitute for texture and flavour.
If you like a thinner or thicker layer of chocolate on the top this can be altered… just ratio up the butter and chocolate accordingly.