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Speculaas Nanaimo bars

Wednesday 18th June 2014

Nanaimo bars anybody?

I was intrigued when Scottish baker and food blogger Stuart - aka 'MrCakeyboi' - used our vandotsch speculaas spice mix in creating a speculaas version of these Canadian bars.

Though the ingredients don’t seem to me to be too Christmassy, Nanaimo bars are eaten quite a lot at Christmas time in Canada.

The original recipe for Nanaimo bars also by MrCakeyboi comprises a biscuit base, thick custard filling and topped with chocolate.

Did you like your vandotsch speculaas spice infused Nanaimo bars?

"I took some into work and all of my colleagues were blown away by the flavours – the chocolaty biscuit base with coconut and nuts and then the spicy sweet filling. Everyone could taste different spices in the mix – cinnamon, ginger and a bit of an anise flavour."              MrCakeyboi


What follows is an overview of the ingredients that Stuart used to make the vandotsch speculaas Nanaimo bars, including:

Makes approximately 20 bars

Ingredients for the Biscuit Base

  • 113g unsalted butter
  • 55g granulated sugar
  • 1 medium egg
  • 5g (1 tsp) vanilla extract
  • 15g (1 tblesp) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 320g digestive biscuits – crushed (21 biscuits approx.)

Tip: for extra ‘kick’ replace digestive biscuits with similar amount of (any "old") vandotsch speculaas biscuits that you may have made before. Or, do half and half.

  • 90g desiccated coconut
  • 65g pecan nuts chopped

 Ingredients for the Filling

 Ingredients for the Topping

  •  140g dark chocolate (65% min)
  • 15g unsalted butter

I refer to MrCakeyboi write-up for directions on how to bake his vandotsch speculaas Nanaimo bars.

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