Hi everyone -
does anybody have a Nanaimo Bar recipe that uses cream cheese in the filling instead of custard powder? Alternately, does anyone know how much cream cheese one would use as the filling?
Sorry; that had PB filling.
It's my understanding that true Nanaimo Bars from British Columbia, Canada use the custard powder, and I've never seen a recipe using cream cheese. However, here's the recipe I received years ago from a Canadian, and it is very, very good. I hope you enjoy it.
Named after the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup granulated sugar
5 Tablespoons regular cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine in two-quart saucepan. Heat and then boil gently for 2 minutes over low heat, stirring constantly. It may look odd, but keep going.
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Add to above, mixing well. Press firmly into lightly greased 9x13" pan.
1/4 cup margarine, softened
3 Tablespoons milk
2 Tablespoons instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups confectioner's sugar
Combine with mixer in small bowl. Put dollops all around bottom layer, then spread gently until smooth. Chill.
3 one-ounce squares semi-sweet chocolate, or 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 Tablespoons margarine
Melt together and spread on top of white layer. Chill until firm.
Cut into 1" squares. Store in refrigerator, in the back if you must hide them.