This and that: Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake

     Nanaimo Bars are pure Canadian... and probably one of my favorite Canadian treats, after butter tarts that is...but Butter Tarts will have to be done for another post...
     Per wikipedia Nanaimo Bars is a Canadian origin dessert popular throughout North America.   It is a bar cookie that needs no baking and is named after a west coast city, Nanaimo, British Colombia.  The nanaimo bar is a wafer crumb layer, topped with a vanilla or custard flavoured butter icing, covered with a chocolate layer.  Now-a-days you can find many different flavors of Nanaimo Bars - mint, peanut butter and mocha being the most common... Also the flavoured butter icing filling can be coloured any colour for any occasion.
      Saying all that I decided that I wanted to make them into cheesecake.  I love cheesecake and the combination would be wonderful and also because I didn't have Bird's custard powder and had no idea where I would find it here in upper Michigan.... I did some research.  I did find a recipe for the Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake on ~ (you can go here to find the original recipe), but this recipe didn't have the right base that I wanted, so I started through my recipe books and found what I wanted.... So, once again my recipe is a mismatch of multiple recipes from multiple sites.  Now, what do I use for the bird's custard powder... there wasn't alot out there for a substitute ~~ corn starch and vanilla, vanilla pudding and other places and cooks said there was no replacement.  So I decided to try vanilla pudding ~~ it was ok but not the best and I know now what will be on my Canadian shopping list - Bird's Custard Pudding... or if anyone wants to send me some... hint! hint! hint!  I did find it on Amazon but am thinking that this may be a good excuse for me to make a trip home.  So, now that you are total bored here is my recipe....
                                                   Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake                                                                    
Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake


1/2 c butter
1/4 c sugar
5 tbsp cocoa powder ( I used Fry's cocoa so it was more Canadian)
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 c graham cracker crumbs
1 c shredded coconut
1/2 c walnuts ( I didn't use this time)

4 pkg cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
1/4 c custard powder ( I used vanilla pudding ~ not instant)
4 eggs

6 squares semi-sweet chocolate
1/2 c heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Melt butter in saucepan, stir in sugar and cocoa powder until smooth.  Once smooth, whisk in egg and vanilla extract.  Make sure the butter mixture isn't too hot when you put in the egg or you will get pieces of scrambled egg in you mixture.  Take off heat and add graham cracker crumbs, coconut and walnuts.  Place mixture on bottom of pan.  Put in fridge while you make the rest of the middle layer.  I used a 11 inch spring-form pan for mine. 
Beat cream cheese, sugar and custard powder until light and fluffy.  Then beat in eggs, one egg at a time.  Make sure each egg is thoroughly mixed in before adding the next.  Pour over crumb base mixture.  Bake for 40 minutes (until center is almost set).  Refrigerate until fully chilled about 3 hours ( I did mine overnight).
Place chocolate squares and heavy cream in sauce pan and mix on low heat until smooth and chocolate melted.  Pour over cheesecake layer.... Place bake in fridge until chocolate layer is set, about 20 -30 minutes.

mixing butter,sugar and cocoa
crumb layer in pan

mixing cream cheese, sugar and vanilla pudding

ready to go in the oven

out of the oven
chocolate layer on
a piece for you

        This cake turned out wonderfully and I got lots of compliments on it.  I think it would even turn out better if I would have had Bird's Custard Powder to put in it... One lady told me that this is the best thing that I have ever made..So come and get some, I will have it ready and the coffee pot is always on...

too late... I already took a bite.
                                                 til next time <3 <3 <3 Marlys

Recipe linked Foodie Friends Friday GoodRecipesOnline.comManic Monday Party, Iron chef Mom
The Mandatory Mooch
Mommy's Sweet Confessions

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  1. Another great looking recipe Marlys!! Why oh why do I have to be watching what I eat? If I close my eyes while I eat it will the calories not count then? This looks worth extra workouts though!

    1. Thanks Skye, they don't count if you close your eyes or drink it with a no calorie drink.

  2. I've been wanting to try Nanaimo bars and adding them to cheesecake sounds like a great idea!

    1. nanaimo bars are wonderful... and I think this cheesecake makes them a little less sweeter... although comments from people that haven't had nanaimo bars thought they were very sweet... But I felt that the cheese cut the sweetness alot.

  3. What a great fusion of genre! This looks so, so good.

    1. Thanks for stopping by... they were very good.

  4. That looks delicious! Thanks for sharing it today! Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts!

    1. Thanks... cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts also... I usually make it when I am having company and or to take somewhere. This one turned out good as there was fighting in the church kitchen for the last piece ~~ not quite but they did ask if I really wanted to take the last piece home... and it was snatched up pretty quickly when I said no.

  5. Replies
    1. Thanks... It was great even though I didn't have all the "Canadian" ingredients.

  6. How interesting! They sound delicious. I am your newest follower, I found you through Lois' page. :) Please feel free to swing by my 'place' anytime. :)

    1. Welcome and I hope that you enjoy my page... I will certainly go by your place and thanks for following.

  7. Oh my goodness this sounds sooooo good! Thank you so very much for sharing it on Manic Monday, I adore cheesecake!!!

    1. It was good... Thanks for hosting Manic Mondays, Bobbi.

  8. Sounds delightful!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight.

    Thanks, Nichi

  9. Sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to VOTE!

  10. Hey!! Surprise!! This is the recipe I chose for this month's SRS! I made Nanaimo Cheesecake Bars and We Love Them! Thanks so much!
    You can see the post linking your blog and recipe here:
    Have a great weekend!!


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