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Monday, June 4, 2012

Nanaimo Bar Ice Cream Cake

Today is my husband's birthday!  Happy Birthday!!  Today's recipe is one of his favourites...you may have read it when I guest posted over at DJ's Sugar Shack...and today I am posting it here in honour of my wonderful hubby! 

This is a recipe that I printed in 2005, and have been saving until the right time to make.  I have a huge sweet tooth...my husband not so much.  But we both share a love for ice cream.  I also love Nanaimo Bars, so this recipe seemed like it could be the perfect mix of things that we both like.

At first my hubby wasn't so sure about the Nanaimo Bar part of it...too much chocolate, he thought.  Well...you'll have to read our verdict below to see what we thought! 

Here is the recipe: (Source -The Canadian Living Test Kitchen)

Nanaimo Bar Ice-Cream Cake

1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg yolk
3/4 cup chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (I used Oreo)
1/2 cup sweetened coconut, shredded
1/3 cup hazelnuts (filberts), finely crushed/chopped
4 cups vanilla ice cream (I used Breyers Natural Vanilla)
1/2 cup whipping cream
3 oz (3 squares) semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used Baker’s)

Preheat oven to 350F. Ensure rack is in the centre.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add in sugar. Then add in the egg yolk, cookie crumbs, coconut and 1/4 cup of the hazelnuts. Mix well. I used one of my trusty spatulas…one of my two kitchen items that I can’t live without…the other is my KitchenAid Stand Mixer!

Line a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with foil, leaving a 1 inch on each side for handles. Grease the foil. Scoop the crumb mixture from the saucepan into the loaf pan and press the mixture evenly into the pan.

Bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes or until firm. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack (leave in the pan).

While the crumb mixture is baking, soften the ice cream in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Pack firmly over the cooled crust. Freeze for 4 hours or until solid.

In a small saucepan, bring whipping cream to boil over medium. Remove from heat. Add in the chocolate, whisk until smooth. Allow to stand for 30 minutes or until cool and has started to thicken.

Pour chocolate sauce over ice cream layer, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Freeze for 1 hour or until the chocolate is firm.

To serve, let the frozen cake sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Dip pan into warm water briefly. Using foil handles, remove the cake from the pan. Dip a sharp knife into hot water, slice the cake, and serve.

VERDICT:
This was a very yummy treat! It was such a nice blend of ice cream, cookie crust, hazelnuts and coconut. We all thoroughly enjoyed it. My husband even had seconds. And he hasn't stopped talking about it ever since I made it.  When I was writing my article for Okanagan4Kids for this month, I had asked my hubby, my Dad and my Father-in-Law for their favourite recipes.  This was my hubby's first choice!  His second was my Sweet & Spicy Baby Back Ribs

Oh yes, back to the verdict.  This wasn't too hard to make – and is for sure one that will be made again!  We might try adding a little coffee flavouring to the ice cream next time, for an extra little twist.

My only recommendation would be to make the cake the day before and allow it to freeze overnight and serve the next day. Just to make sure that the ice cream and the chocolate topping have hardened. Enjoy!

67 comments:

  1. This sounds perfect for Father's Day! I am pinning it!

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    1. I have a feeling I will be making it for Father's Day too! My husband has been hinting!

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  2. Happy Birthday to your husband, I'm sure he's going to enjoy this cake.

    Just wanted to let you know we nominated your blog for "The Sunshine Award" stop by Flavors by Four to check it out!!

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    1. Why thank you! I will come by and check it out! And my husband did have a great birthday :-) It was low-key, just up his alley!

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  3. I love Nanaimo bars. Definitely saving this to try sometime this summer!

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    1. Oh I love Nanaimo Bars too...they are on my top 10 list for sure!

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  4. Oooooh! This looks so good! Please feel free to come over and link it up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" I'd love to have you join us. :-) It goes live at 11 tonight. :-)

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    1. Thanks so much for the invitation - I've linked it up now :-) I hope you give it a try!

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  5. That looks great! How important is the egg yoke? I can replace the dairy easy enough, but not sure on the egg (food allergies).

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    1. Hi Claire! I think you can skip the egg yolk - no problem!

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  6. Hey there! Love your blog! I found you via the MMM blog hop and just added myself to your followers! Also I wanted to invite you to come enter a fabulous Steve Madden giveaway I'm having right now!!
    Hope to see you there! And thanks so much lady!
    Emily

    http://emilymmeyers.blogspot.com/2012/06/steve-madden-giveaway.html

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    1. Why thank you Emily! Welcome! I hope you find some good eats here :-) I will be by to visit you too!

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  7. This looks absolutely delicious!
    Wonderful dessert - the kind we really like

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  8. Oh, you are killing me! I'm on a diet;) Happy Birthday to your husband!

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    1. So sorry Courtney! How about I tell you it tasted awful, then you're not missing out ? ;-) Hope you do get a chance to try some!

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  9. O-M-G! You are evil! LOL...gimme gimme gimme! Oh, and happy birthday to the man!

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  10. Oh my goodness. I want!!! Happy Birthday to him!

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  11. Oh, I love ice cream cake. Happy birthday to your hubby.

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    1. This was my first go at an ice cream cake...and I will be making it again for sure! So good!

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  12. I pinned this because it look so yummy and I want to make sure I actually get to try it. Sometimes I forget however the picture makes it hard to. Perhaps that means I am hungry. lol. great job. and happy birthday to your hubby!

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! If you do make it, please let me know how much you love it!:-)

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  13. Oh my gosh! I sooo want this now!

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  14. My word! Are you sure you can share this on a Sunday? It is sinful!!! LOL It looks delish :) Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & see you next Sunday ~EMM PS Congrats on the feature from last week!

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    1. Thank you so much Krista for the feature - that is just so cool. I loved sharing the news with my Mom, her cake recipe has been well-received! See you later this week!

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  15. You are killing me Dawn, LOVE THIS recipe, I am going to have to try this! Thanks for linking up at Heavenly Treats Sunday!

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    1. You're welcome Pamela!! Thanks for hosting...I am glad you like :-)

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  16. Yummy this looks so good. I need to try it soon.

    Love your blog

    Check out my food blog if you haven't already :)

    www.thedailysmash101.blogspot.com

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  17. Oh mercy! This looks amazing!!!

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  18. This looks SO awesome! I hope your hubby had a great birthday! I can't wait to try this. Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" :-)

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    1. He did, thank you! We also had this for Father's Day dessert too LOL. Thanks for hosting!

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  19. That looks delicious! I really want to figure out how to make this gluten free. I'm sure it shouldn't be hard.:)

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  20. Sounds so good for a party! I will copy this one down!
    Thanks so much.
    Blessings,
    Susie

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    1. Thanks!! I do hope you will give it a try :-)

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  21. I just love a great Ice Cream Sandwich and your recipe looks awesome! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  22. So, what's a Nanaimo bar? I think this looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday!

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    1. Carre! They are so yummy! They were created here in British Columbia...here's a link that will share more info! http://www.joyofbaking.com/NanaimoBars.html

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  23. This looks awesome!!!!
    Thank you for sharing with my Super Link Party!

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  24. That looks deliciously yummy!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

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  25. Combining Nanimo bars and ice cream - two things my husband loves. I bet he'd go crazy for this. Thank.

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    1. I bet he would too...mine does :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  26. OH WOW! This just looks amazing. I love recipes that are involved and require steps. I am definitely pinning this because I just have to try it. Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays.

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    1. Why thanks Evelyn! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. I made it again for father's Day dessert, again, it was a hit :-)

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  27. This looks absolutely divine :) Thanks so much for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

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  28. This sounds fabulous. i love a good Nanaimo Bar.

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  29. YUM! This looks super yummy and the perfect dessert for the hot summer coming up. Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday last week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great week.
    Michelle

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  30. Heavenly! A perfect summertime dessert! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  31. Oh guess whose ice cream cake was featured at Freedom Fridays this week? Lol See you there!

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  32. This looks absolutely delicious! I LOVE ice cream cake above all other cakes!
    Thanks for sharing this great post on Saturday Show & Tell @ Cheerios and Lattes last week! :) Hope to see you again this weekend! :)
    Mackenzie

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  33. Thank you so much for linking this up on Dare to Share. I looks really good! I chose it to be part of this weeks Dare to Share Double Feature. I look forward to seeing more of your recipes.

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  34. Super use of chocolate. It would be great if you linked it up to this week's Food on Friday: Chocolate

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  35. Oooooh, a Nanaimo Bar cake recipe! Can't wait to try it! I'm from good ol' Nanaimo, too!! :)

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    1. Ann! Let me know if you do. My husband LOVES this cake. Nice to "meet" a fellow BC'er!

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  36. We adore Nanaimo Bars and we live in Victoria on Vancouver Island, the home of Nanaimo!

    This looks absolutely scrumptious! The only thing is that I'd be able to eat the whole damn thing lol

    I'm going to bookmark this one!

    Thanks

    Rafflecopter Name is Anne Taylor

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  37. It's one of the healthy easy desserts that's easy to make. Probably will make this one for my upcoming birthday party.

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  38. Oh my God! This looks so amazing and tasty...I will have to try it! Thanks for the amazing recipes xx

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