Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Nanaimo Bars for the Beaters Hut Bakers Club

A couple of weeks ago I took part in the third meeting of the Beaters Hut Bakers Club, a local baking group where members bring food to share based on a theme but, unlike the Clandestine Cake Club, there are no restrictions on the type of food you can bring.

This month the theme was International which turned out to be quite tricky - it's possible to have too much choice sometimes! After a lot of mind-changing I eventually settled on a recipe from one of my favourite places, British Columbia in Canada. Nanaimo Bars are thought to have originated in the 1950s when the recipe was submitted to a local Women's Institute Cookbook and have grown in popularity ever since.

Although I have been to British Columbia I have never actually tried a Nanaimo Bar, although I've heard lots of favourable reports from people who have. These have now earnt a permanent place in my repertoire though as they are delicious. They are very sweet (the white centre is basically just a buttercream) but the base of biscuit, chocolate, nuts and coconut adds bags of flavour and texture.

If you search the internet there are many different recipes to choose from but in the end I settled on this one. The top layer of chocolate isn't as thick as it seems to be in some of the pictures I came across but I think the amounts were about right.

Here are some of the other fantastic International dishes we had to choose from...

Janet's Italian Plum Torte
Poppy's French Lemon Macarons
Shauna's Indian Curry and Puri Breads
Jean's Honey Cake
Lucy's Mexican Empinadas, Mexican Dips and Tortillas
Rob's New Zealand Afghan Biscuits
Roger's Italian Focaccia
Shane's Portugese Custard Tarts
Vicky's German Battenburg
Bridget's Italian Panettone
Vicky's Turkish Baklava
Eleanor's French Profiteroles
For some reason I forgot to take a picture of Jessica's delicious Australian Lamingtons.

It was a great evening plus we had the added benefit of taking home the leftovers to enjoy the next day. Thanks to Shauna for bringing us all together. The next Beaters Hut Bakers Club is being held on Thursday 25th October and the theme is Halloween!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing the history of those gorgeous Nanaimo bars, I'm not sure i want to see the recipe, I fear I will be eating them way too often. So delicious! You really do bake the most naughty yummy treats Helen!

    Was lovely to see you. Can't wait for Clandestine Cake Club on the 20th. Hopefully see you at BHBC soon. Your photos are fantastic!

    Shauna xx

  2. What a gorgeous spread, your nanaimo bars look delicious.