Nanaimo Bar Ice Cream Cake
A new summer favourite from Lepp Farm Market.
This classic Canadian bar has been updated into the ideal summer dessert to celebrate our nation’s birthday. The chewy crust, creamy ice-cream and ganache topping are a perfect combination of flavours to end a summer backyard BBQ.
You’ll want to make this cake at least a day before you plan to serve it, as the ice cream needs to harden in the freezer for at least 12 hours before serving.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
Be sure to stop by Birchwood Dairy for the ice-cream and whipping cream!
- 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/3 cup finely chopped walnut
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted to remove lumps
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup butter melted
- 2 tablespoons custard powder (such as Bird’s Traditional)
- 4 cups French vanilla ice cream softened
- 55 grams semisweet chocolate (about 2 oz) chopped or ⅓ cups chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup whipping cream
- In bowl, stir together graham crumbs, coconut, walnuts, cocoa powder and sugar. Drizzle with butter and stir until combined. Press into bottom and up side of 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
- Allow ice-cream to soften on counter for 15 minutes. Fold custard powder into ice cream; spread over crust, smoothing top.
- Cover surface directly with plastic wrap; freeze until firm, 2 to 3 hours.
- In small saucepan, heat chocolate and cream over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Let cool for 5 minutes. Spread over top of pie; freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.
- Once firm, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 12 hours in advance of serving to allow the ice-cream to harden.
- Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Run the blade under hot water, drying on a towel to assist cutting through the ice cream into neat slices.
Thanks to Lepp Farm Market for the recipe!