Mocha Pecan Nanaimo Bars

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Pecans are but one option for this take on Canada's national treat. Finely chopped walnut halves or toasted skinned hazelnuts are equally delicious.

  • Portion size 32 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2004

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups butter
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 1/2 cup finely chopped pecan
  • 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg beaten
Filling:
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons 10% cream
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
Topping:
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate chopped
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecan

Method

Line 9-inch (2.5 L) square metal cake pan with parchment paper to extend 1 inch (2.5 cm) above rim on 2 sides, or grease; set aside.

In saucepan, melt together butter, cocoa, brown sugar and coffee granules, stirring until smooth. Let cool slightly.

In large bowl, whisk pecans with graham cracker crumbs. Pour in butter mixture, vanilla and egg; stir to combine. Press into prepared pan. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven just until firm to the touch, about 8 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Filling: In large bowl, stir together cream, coffee granules and vanilla until coffee dissolves. Add half of the icing sugar and the butter; beat until smooth. Beat in remaining sugar. Spread over base; chill until firm, about 45 minutes.

Topping: Meanwhile, in heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter, stirring occasionally. Let cool. Spread over filling; sprinkle with chopped pecans, pressing lightly into chocolate. Chill until firm, 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week or overwrap in heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks.)

Using parchment paper handles, transfer bars to cutting board; peel paper from sides. Wiping knife with damp cloth between cuts, trim edges and cut into bars or squares as desired.

Nutritional facts <b>Per each of 32 bars:</b> about

  • Sodium 96 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 181.0
  • Total fat 14 g
  • Cholesterol 27 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 15 g

%RDI

  • Iron 6.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 3.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 6.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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