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Nanaimo Bar Ice-Cream Cake


We've translated Canada's favourite bar into a frozen True North dessert.

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  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup chocolate wafer cookie crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
  • 4 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 3 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped


Servings 12


Step 1

In saucepan, melt butter with sugar over medium heat; stir in egg yolk, cookie crumbs, shredded coconut and 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the hazelnuts.

Line 9- x 5-Inch (2 L) loaf pan with foil, leaving 1-inch (2.5 cm) overhang for handles; grease foil. Press crumb mixture evenly into pan. Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven for 25 minutes or until firm. Let cool completely on rack.

Soften ice cream in refrigerator for 30 minutes; pack firmly over crust. Freeze for 4 hours or until solid.

In small saucepan, bring cream to boil; remove from heat. Add chocolate; whisk until smooth. Let stand for 30 minutes or until cool and slightly thickened.

Pour chocolate sauce over ice cream layer, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Freeze for 1 hour or until firm. (Make-ahead: Cover with plastic wrap, overwrap in heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 1 week.)

To serve, let frozen cake stand in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Dip pan into warm water. Using foil handles, remove cake from pan. Dip sharp knife into hot water; slice cake.

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